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
This guide will help you with your assignments for this course, in particular your Formal Essay 4: Academic Synthesis.
Getting Started and Exploring Your Topic
Finding and Exploring Your Topic
This guide has lots of info on sources and ways to come up with a topic, on ways to get a quick overview of the major issues in a topic, and useful suggestions for how to broaden or narrow a topic.
Suggested Databases (Topic Overviews)
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.
ArticlesPlus is perhaps best described as "Google for the library's online content - without the ads!" From a simple single search box, ArticlesPlus searches full-text content as well as metadata from a wide variety of sources and returns a list of relevancy-ranked results. Over 6,800 publishers are represented in ArticlesPlus, totaling over a half-billion articles from nearly 100,000 journals, newspapers and magazines.
The Google Scholar search engine that searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of MGet It (labeled as "Availability at UMichigan") links from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library.
Combined access to 50+ ProQuest databases, including full text journals, historical newspapers and corporate reports, and specialized indexes for many different fields, including: Arts, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, Literature & Language, News & Current Events, Science, Social Sciences, and Dissertations & Theses.
Word History and Analysis
Specialized Scholarly Databases
Research Guides and Useful Links
Linguistics Resources Research Guide
Communication Studies Research Guide
English Language & Literature
What is a primary source?