Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015
For your final exam, you will be writing a letter to a national offiical on a public policy issue. In order to do so, you will need to do some research. I have worked with Professor Karapin to set up this guide. We will also be meeting together, in the library, in order to familiarize you with our resources. Our meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2014.
This guide provides help with finding:
and with Citing Sources
The League of Women Voters (a non-partisan organization that aims to get all citizens engaged in civics and voting) has this easy-to-use site to help you find your national (and local) representatives. All you need to know is your zip code.
If you live in New York City, use this link: http://www.mygovnyc.org/. Outside of the five boroughs, we recommend this link: http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers controversial contemporary issues, with articles from a variety of sources and perspectives. With pros and cons arguments clearly displayed.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
E-book library of reference sources. Comprehensive, another good place to start to get overview information, and suggestions for more specific topics.
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Primary Source collection
This collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States.
We all know it and use it. Wikipedia is a good place to go for background on your topic -- but be careful: incorrect or biased information can sometimes be included. Also use Wikipedia for it's references to other sources (usually found at the bottom of the entry).
Vox.com is a commercial site that helps its readers better understand the news. Using tools like infographics, maps and card stacks, this site can be an excellent place to get necessary background on a topic, though it likely won't be cited in final papers.
Professor Karapin recommends these books by Page Smith.
Trial by Fire
Call Number: E468 .S64 1982
Publication Date: 1982