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Researching 1920s In the U.S.: The 1920s in the US

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Welcome to Your Research Guide!

Your Research Librarian has put together a guide for you to help you research time periods. This guide will be helpful when finding information about the 1920s. 

 

This guide contains an extensive variety of resources that will allow you to explore accurate and credible information.

 

During your time at Ringling you will be expected to present on a wide range of topics and the expectation is that strong research is a part of your design. We're expecting to see academic resources and not just sites you found using Google.

 

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find books about culture and where to find them.  This guide has been separated by subject.

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find a majority of information for your topic. There are a multitude of databases available.  You'll also be able to find information about culture, art, and social issues.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Reference resources are great for providing general information. Because of how concise these resources are, they are time savers.

4) Find Images

You'll need to have images for your presentation, and there are two very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

New York Public Library Digital Collections: Gwendolyn Bennett with a group of male friends

CC: NYPL Digital Collection: Scene from Oscar Micheaux's movie "Within Our Gates" featuring unidentified actors. IMAGE ID ps_scg_028

Searching For Resources

This guide provides various scholarly resources for select topics related to culture, architecture, and photographs. The focus here is to provide students and researchers with some of the main tools available through the library and across the web. Search the Goldstein Library catalog to find these resources and materials:

1.The collection:

Goldstein's catalog adopts a diverse collection development policy as the way to insure that all patrons and their needs are considered and that the collection reflects a holistic perspective the of the country, religions, contemporary issues, and economic growth. 

2. How to search the catalog:

In general, a keyword search is a great place to start. Simply enter the name of what you are searching for, pagoda, into the search box. Make sure to focus on the Subjects heading that is located below the Notes field of the results page, this will ensure that you find more resources that serve your topics. 

3. How to search the databases:  

Language manipulation is one of the best ways to start your searches. This is partially because subject headings are used to assist in searching for information, however, as language has changed the libraries vocabulary has stayed the same, something that complicates searching. For example, if you are looking for a house in Florida the subjects heading is not cataloged as House. To find resources, begin by thinking of words that relate to house, such as buildingsarchitecture, of dwellings

Goldstein has a longstanding cooperative loan agreement with various schools around the southeast. If there is a book or article that we do not have at the library take advantage of the InterLibrary Loan link. We normally receive materials requested in a timely manner.