About This Guide
This guide is designed introduce the library to undergraduate students at The University of Michigan and to act as a basic guide for undergraduate research.
About the Library
Welcome to the Library
Instructor: Joe Horton
Librarian: Harold Tuckett
Essay #3: Cultural Analysis Essay
Your third essay requires you to analyze an “element of our culture,” broadly defined, and ultimately present a coherent, complex argument. Starting with a working thesis in an area of interest to you, you should use driving questions to narrow yourself down to a supportable, intellectual argument that enters the academic discourse. (You are “standing on others’ shoulders,” not shouting from a soapbox.)
Getting Started/Topic Overview
CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. You can browse CQ Resercher by topic, track specific controversial topics by date or look up topics in their Pro/Con section. Pro/Con offers succinct articles by experts arguing for and against given topics. Click on the image below to go to this database.
Issues and Controversies offers accurate discussions of over 250 controversial topics in the news supplemented with chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, contact information, and bibliographies including primary source documents and news editorials. It has a subject index and a section featuring pro/con articles on a number of topics.
Try These Databases
• ProQuest Research Library
• PsycINFO (Psychology)
• Communication and Mass Media Complete (Communication and Media Studies)
• Sociological Abstracts (Sociology)