Social Sciences (General)
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 16:19.
I am doing a paper on the social impact of the Beatles. Can you help me find sources?
A Searchworks search with keywords "Beatles social aspects" returns several good book titles (note the Subject Headings "Beatles" and "Rock Music Social Aspects"): for example, All You Need is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: How the Beatles and U2 Changed the World.
For articles, use the databases: Sociological Abstracts and Historical Abstracts. Search for keyword: Beatles, or Beatles Social Aspects, or similar terms. (Be careful of the database records that say Dissertation Abstracts, because Stanford is unlikely to have non-Stanford dissertations.)
Submitted by email@example.com on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 23:30.
I'm writing a seminar paper about Stanford students' diets in comparison to the diets of students at other colleges. Where should I start?
You might not be able to find anything specifically about Stanford students' diets; but you might want to read some articles about college students' eating habits in general, then compare the findings to your observations about Stanford students.
One source for journal articles is Academic OneSource, available as a link from our database page. Go to the Expanded Academic ASAP search page and click on Advanced Search at the top of the page. Then type keywords such as "College Students" AND "Eating habits" (you can also specify things you don't want to find--e.g., "NOT 'Eating disorders'").
Another place to explore is the University Wire on LexisNexis (also accessible from the databases page, and also known as "Lexis Nexis Academic Universe"). On the main LexisNexis page, click on the "Guided News Search" tab at the top. Select "University News" from the News Category pulldown menu, then select news source: University Wire. This indexes full-text articles from college papers, including the Stanford Daily. Note that the default date range is the last 6 months; you can get more (or fewer) articles by choosing a different range. You have to experiment with search words, and play around with choosing for your keywords to be in Headlines or in all text.
To find additional articles, you can use our other databases, such as ProQuest Social Science Module, ERIC (an education database), or Medline. All of these are available on the databases page.
One more avenue is websites of various universities' campus dining services--for example, Stanford Dining. By comparing the dining options of various universities, you may be able to draw some conclusions about the diet of Stanford students.
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 19:26.
I'm looking for U.S. Receipts and Expenditures from the 1850s through the 1890s. I understand that this is part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set online, but when I construct a search with the terms above and the date range, I get a really long result. Can I narrow it down?
Yes, by using Congressional Publications as an index to the Serial Set. It's on the Databases list. Then construct your search as follows:
This will narrow your results to just two records. With two browsers open, you can move back and forth between the chronological list on LexisNexis and the full text display of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, pasting in each relevant Serial Set volume number.