Search strategy
Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research on various CAS-related topics.
  1. Begin by using the keyword brainstorming worksheet docx to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.  
  2. Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  They provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT, review and SUMMARIZE earlier work, help you FOCUS your topic and provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
  3. Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
  4. You may also wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet.  Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
  5. Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet pdf to evaluate the sources you find!
Book Search
Search OBIS
Search almost everything
Finding primary sources (including video)
Ad*Access (1911-1955)  
Advertising images from 1911-1955, which are arranged by theme: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.

American History in Video Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Contains public service announcements, newsreels, documentaries, and archival footage documenting American history..

Internet Archive

Free access to digital collections including music, video, web sites and millions of public-domain books. Home of the Wayback Machine, where you can see what the web looked like in the past.

iPoll (1935 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive source for US nationwide public opinion as measured by academic, media and commercial survey organizations.   Data is available at the question-level. Dates of coverage: 1935 -

Prelinger Archives
Contains 60,000 videos, primarily advertisements, public services, documentary and amateur footage.

Lots of great material.  Use it, but have a healthy skepticism about the origins and autheticity of videos!
Research help
Finding secondary sources
NOTE: Some of these databases also include some primary source materials!

America: History and Life Restricted Resource
Index to research on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Indexes articles and book reviews from more than 1,700 journals published in more than 40 languages. Dates of Coverage: 1964 to date

Bibliography of Native North Americans Restricted Resource
Index of books, essays, journal articles, and government documents from the U.S. and Canada, covering native North American history and culture.

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text coverage of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America. Dates of Coverage:  1959 to date

Gender Studies Database Restricted Resource
Covers the full spectrum of sexual diversity issues and gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses and dissertations, and more. Dates of Coverage: 1972 to date

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.

LGBT Life Restricted Resource Some full text available
Includes the full text of more than one hundred current or historically significant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) journals, magazines and regional newspapers, and books. Other source-types are also represented, such as monographs and reference books, with dozens of full text monographs, as well as grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc.
Writing & citation help
Oberlin College Writing Center
Located in the Academic Commons of Mudd Library (first floor)

  • MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 7th ed. 
    Location: Main Reference            LB2369 .G53 2009
    (also Art Reference, Con Reference, and Sci Ref Desk)
  • MLA Style – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
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