FYE 1092: The American Dream
Books in the Main Stacks
This search takes you to a selection of items in the library that deal with the idea of the American Dream:
After you have a specific book for your paper, you can search for more information by using keywords that match what your book focuses on. Some examples from this class might include: “middle class”, “consumer culture”, housing, families, suburbs, etc.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Use reference sources like those listed below to get an introduction to a topic and to look for research possibilities.
Statistics on health, poverty, etc.
Spotlight on Statistics
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this looks at trends in job growth, unemployment, and more.
Families & Living Arrangements
From the Census Bureau, here you will find statistics on housing and living arrangements.
Credo is a database made up of hundreds of encyclopedias and reference sources. It’s a great first stop to help you define and understand your topic.
American Dream Topic Page
Then search for your topic:
Print Reference Collection
Finkelman, P. (2009). Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present: From the age of segregation to the twenty-first century. New York: Oxford University Press.
Greenwood, J. T. (2000). The Gilded Age: A history in documents. New York: Oxford University Press.
Lackmann, Ronald W. (2003). The encyclopedia of 20th-century american television. New York: Checkmark Books.
Odo, Franklin. (2002). The Columbia documentary history of the Asian American experience. New York: Columbia University Press.
Shifflett, Crandall A. (1996) Victorian America, 1876 to 1913. New York: Facts on File.
Tompkins, V., Baughman, J., Bondi, V., Layman, R., Bargeron, E. L., & Tidd, J. F. (1994). American decades. Detroit: Gale Research.
You’ll find articles through the Library’s databases. Think of these as search engines that search through thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Start with Academic Search Premier. It covers a lot of topics that you might be researching in this class.
ProQuest Social Science Journals
This database searches a collection of journals related to the social sciences
If you need more, you can pick a different database by using our subject guide to databases.
Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
- Guide to Citation Styles
These pages will give you basic examples of how to cite in APA,MLA, Chicago and other styles. If you’re using the “cite this” function of a database or the library catalog, make sure you check the formatting against these official guides.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
- Tips on avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
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