This page is intended to get you using the Waterloo Library's resources and services. You'll see how they can assist you in this course and others. Be in touch with me about any questions you have. I'm here to help.
-- Jane Forgay, the Librarian for this course
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Here are two approaches you can take to locate online, peer-reviewed/academic sources for your assignment.
Here are 3 different places to try.
Here are some databases to target:
.. first hand observations of a time, person or event, or material culture associated with a time, person or event.
newspaper and magazine articles .. diaries .. letters .. government reports .. minutes .. advertisements .. photographs .. military, church, synagogue records .. shopping lists .. Twitter tweets .. YouTube videos and comments
Check the sections below for digital collections from the Cold War era.
1. Use good keywords to build search strings that will retrieve relevant documents containing all the aspects of your topic. Use the asterisk (*) to truncate words, use quotation marks (" ") to force a phrase, use AND to separate different concepts, and use OR with parentheses to group synonyms.
Here is an example of a search string:
"berlin wall" AND (escape* OR refugee*)
2. Evaluate your list of results. Ask yourself is what I've found:
3. View the full text Look for links with "full text" or "online access" or the icon: Get it!@Waterloo.
Note: not all documents are available electronically. If you are having trouble access the full text, let me know. I'll see if there is anything I can do to help.