ENGL 127 Research Writing: Social Sciences (Schaefer)

This research guide is for students in Amanda Schaefer's English 127: Focus on Family & Home

Find Books on your Topic

Search for books in the Holman library catalog.

  • Note that you can limit to only e-books to find books you can read online.
Wondering what to type in the search box?

Try relevant keywords and keyword combinations as well as subject terms to find books with information on your topic. For example:

Sample Keywords:
  • housing
  • gentrification
  • segregation
  • neighborhoods AND families
  • "low-income housing"
  • "neighborhood covenants"
  • "inherited wealth"
  • "social mobility"
  • American Dream"
  • homeless* OR unhoused
Sample Subject Terms: 
How to find subject terms:

One useful way to find subject terms (and to see if a source seems relevant) is to see what subject terms are listed with books and other sources in the library catalog.

  1. Search for a book.
  2. Click on the book title. That opens the "record," a page with lots of info about the book.
  3. Scroll down. You will find Subject Terms (as well as a book description).
  4. Try clicking on a relevant Subject Term. It will take you to other sources that are similar. 

Beyond our collection: Interlibrary Loan

Using the Interlibrary Loan Service

InterLibrary Loan: No library has it all! But the InterLibrary Loan (or ILL) is a service offered by Holman Library for borrowing books and articles from other libraries. InterLibrary Loan requests are free to current GRC students, faculty and staff.

For your research, it is important to search many places.
  • First, start with the books and articles available through the Holman Library.

  • Then, If you find books and articles that the Library does NOT have access to, just request them through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Using Interlibrary Loan increases the amount of resources available to you and helps you become a more thorough researcher.

  • Books and other items that require mailing may take 1-2 weeks.

  • Articles and other digital items may arrive within 2-5 days. Use your email as your contact info and the article will be sent directly to you.

If you need help filling out this form, call the library reference desk at (253) 931-6480.

Other places you can search...

Use the links below to look for books, articles and more beyond our collection:

Why books?

Why use books? Books can provide:
  • chapters and essays relevant to your topic
  • history
  • opinion
  • analysis
  • differing perspectives
  • personal narratives
  • leads to more sources!

Use a library's catalog to find books and other items owned by that library.

Sample Books

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

A powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone--not just for people of color

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America

This "powerful and disturbing history" exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood

Main Collection.
A journey to the front lines of the battle for the future of American cities, uncovering the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification -- and the lives that are altered in the process.

The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity

The Dream Revisited brings together a range of expert viewpoints on the causes and consequences of the nation's separate and unequal living patterns. Leading scholars and practitioners, including civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, elected officials, and fair housing lawyers, discuss responses to residential segregation.