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One Book 2018-2019: Intersectionality - Citizen & Born Bright: Find More Resources

GRC's 18-19 One Book explores the experience of intersectionality in two titles: Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in American by C. Nicole Mason & Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Librarian notes - (feel free to add notes & "see also" suggestions here)

Librarian notes

As of 5/05/20 all the content on this page is accessible and has notes about use eg. [okay to map OR copy] [okay to MAP]

  • Each box on this page should already have a note about the box's use - that is, whether or not it is okay to COPY it (meaning it contains no links at all) or MAP to it (it has links or widgets).
  • If you add a box to the page, please do likewise.

*See the first tab "How to use this guide" for more about when to copy and when to map


Guides that use some of these boxes

Below are guides that contain some of the boxes on this page and might have additional relevant content you may find helpful

Why News Sources? [okay to map OR copy]

Using news articles as a source

Learn about current issues from credible news sources. 

News sources are "non-scholarly," but that does not mean they are bad sources. These are sources that are researched by journalists for the general public, rather than an academic or professional audience.

Unlike scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles, news sources generally cover current events and issues.

Editorials and Op-Eds even provide opinion.

Popular news sources are a good place to look if you want to see what has happened on an issue or what public opinion might be.

News Databases in Holman Library [okay to copy OR map]

Films on Demand, your library streaming video database, carries some news programs from Frontline, PBS, the BBC, and more. 

Newspapers as a source [okay to copy OR map]

Why use newspapers?

image of newspaper covers

Image: Inquisitr.com. Dec. 19 2011. Web. Jan. 2012.

Newspaper articles inform us daily about current events, issues, and opinion. Read newspaper articles to learn about current and past international, national and local issues. 

Some newspapers such as The New York Times (searchable in ProQuest) offer in-depth reporting on urban topics and may be a great resource for this project. You can limit a newspaper search by title to The New York Times.  

Limiting to popular sources [okay to MAP]

Finding magazines in ProQuest & Academic Search

Use the databases ProQuest or Academic Search Complete to search for magazine and newspaper articles. Remember to limit to only magazine and/or newspaper articles by checking the appropriate boxes by source or document type or by narrowing to source type after you search (see images below).

Limiting to magazines and newspapers in ProQuest databases

As shown in the image below, the advanced search page in the databases allows you to control the results you see. 

  • Here you can see that you can search by using multiple keywords. By combining videogam* AND gender you can be more specific about the results you get; you can narrow them. The asterisk * mark at the end of the word tells the search tool to find all forms of a root word, eg. videogames, videogaming, etc.
  • When you need results right away - articles that you can download immediately - it's always a good idea to limit to "full text" as well. 
  • Finally, under the option for "Source Type," you'll find the option to limit your results to see articles of just one type; here, just magazines is selected. 

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screenshot of the advanced search page in PQ showing how to limit to a specific source type, as outlined in the instructions above the image


Limiting by source type in Academic Search and other EBSCO databases

Limiting in academic search is very similar to limiting in Proquest. You can limit to a specific source type while you're on the first, advanced search page, or you can wait until you enter a search and see results, then, use the limiters on the side. 

  • As shown in the image below, you can look under "Source Type" and limit to just magazines and newspapers

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screenshot of the database showing how to limit to magazines and newspapers under "source types" on the left-hand side of the results page in academic search


For more search tips and information about popular sources like this, consider the guide linked below:

Limiting to popular sources (tabbed version) [okay to MAP]

Searching the databases

The following databases are great places to search for newspaper and magazine articles. See the tab to the left for a visual and more instructions on how to search and limit your results in these databases

Limiting to magazines and newspapers in ProQuest databases

As shown in the image below, the advanced search page in the databases allows you to control the results you see. 

  • Here you can see that you can search by using multiple keywords. By combining videogam* AND gender you can be more specific about the results you get; you can narrow them. The asterisk * mark at the end of the word tells the search tool to find all forms of a root word, eg. videogames, videogaming, etc.
  • When you need results right away - articles that you can download immediately - it's always a good idea to limit to "full text" as well. 
  • Finally, under the option for "Source Type," you'll find the option to limit your results to see articles of just one type; here, just magazines is selected. 

(click on image to enlarge)

screenshot of the advanced search page in PQ showing how to limit to a specific source type, as outlined in the instructions above the image


Limiting by source type in Academic Search and other EBSCO databases

Limiting in academic search is very similar to limiting in Proquest. You can limit to a specific source type while you're on the first, advanced search page, or you can wait until you enter a search and see results, then, use the limiters on the side. 

  • As shown in the image below, you can look under "Source Type" and limit to just magazines and newspapers

(click on image to enlarge)

screenshot of the database showing how to limit to magazines and newspapers under "source types" on the left-hand side of the results page in academic search


For more search tips and information about popular sources like this, consider the guide linked below:

Finding topics in the news [okay to MAP]

Searching for topic ideas in newspapers

Newspapers are often great places to find controversial topics. The image below, showing the cover page of the New York Times, is a great example of how headlines can be turned into arguable topics. Look at these examples taken from the headlines: 

  • Headline:U.N. Security Counsel Passes New Sanctions Against Iran
    • Arguable topic:  The U.S. should implement sanctions against Iran
  • Headline: Bernake Says the Federal Debt is 'Unsustainable'
    • Arguable topic: The Fed and Congress must prioritize decreasing the federal debt
  • Headline: Democrat in Chief?
    • Arguable topic: The President's job is not to lead the Democratic party

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image of the NY Times online website, with notes, written in the text before this image, pointing out headlines


Using Newseum

You can also find newspapers using the source called "Newsuem" It's a good place to start looking for research inspiration from the headlines of today's newspapers.

Newseum logo "Washington, D.C.'s most interactive museum"

  Finding magazine and newspaper articles [okay to MAP]

Finding magazines & newspaper articles

Find magazine, newspaper and multimedia news sources on current issues in criminal justice.

Search tips:
  • To limit your search to only magazine and/or new articles, select magazines or newspapers at Publication Type.

  • If you choose newspaper articles, look for substance! Try limiting to cover story, feature, front page for longer articles.


Or, another option: Go directly to the alternative press

Finding magazines in the databases [okay to map]

Limiting by source type: magazines

You can limit by source type in most databases. The instructions and the images below show how you can limit to magazines and/or newspaper articles in any EBSCO database (like Academic Search) and in any ProQuest database. 

In ProQuest

As shown in the image below, the advanced search page in the databases allows you to control the results you see. 

  • Here you can see that you can search by using multiple keywords. By combining videogam* AND gender you can be more specific about the results you get; you can narrow them. The asterisk * mark at the end of the word tells the search tool to find all forms of a root word, eg. videogames, videogaming, etc.
  • When you need results right away - articles that you can download immediately - it's always a good idea to limit to "full text" as well. 
  • Finally, under the option for "Source Type," you'll find the option to limit your results to see articles of just one type; here, just magazines is selected. 

(click on image to enlarge)

screenshot of the advanced search page in PQ showing how to limit to a specific source type, as outlined in the instructions above the image


In Academic Search and other EBSCO databases

Limiting in academic search is very similar to limiting in Proquest. You can limit to a specific source type while you're on the first, advanced search page, or you can wait until you enter a search and see results, then, use the limiters on the side. 

  • As shown in the image below, you can look under "Source Type" and limit to just magazines and newspapers

(click on image to enlarge)

screenshot of the database showing how to limit to magazines and newspapers under "source types" on the left-hand side of the results page in academic search


For more search tips and information about popular sources like this, consider the guide linked below:

Searching in Newseum [okay to MAP]

Using Newseum

You can also find newspapers using the source called "Newsuem" It's a good place to start looking for research inspiration from the headlines of today's newspapers.

Newseum logo "Washington, D.C.'s most interactive museum"

Local News Sources [okay to MAP]

A word on paywalls! Online newspapers limit the number of free articles you get per month. Check our library databases to see if we have it in our collection too.

Find News, Analysis and Opinion in Holman Library Databases [okay to MAP]

Other Historical Newspapers [okay to MAP]

Historical newspapers in library databases 

Finding magazines and newspapers in ProQuest [okay to map OR copy]


Searching ProQuest

ProQuest is one of the best tools to search for newspaper and magazine articles. Remember to limit to only magazine articles or newspaper articles by checking the appropriate boxes. You may search both together. Selecting Feature as the Document Type will return more substantial articles.

For the alternative and independent press, ProQuest features two collections. Note that much of this content is in a ProQuest search. Using Ethnic NewsWatch and Alt-Press Watch helps you know if it's mainstream or not.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch: For viewpoints not covered by the mainstream press, a bilingual (English and Spanish) database of ethnic, minority and native newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Alt-Press Watch: A full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses. "Challenge mainstream media coverage" for new perspectives on your topics.

The image below shows how to limit your search to full-text results and how to search for a phrase using quotation marks, such as "black lives matter"

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screenshot of the database search page

Alternative & Independent News [okay to MAP]

Checking the Facts [okay to MAP]

Fact-Checking

Politicians are not required by law to tell the truth and government agencies can be influenced by political bias. Be sure to check your facts and figures!