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FTS 100: Politics of Homelessness

Fall 2011
The Library

Welcome to the Library! The Library provides many services to you: study space, computer labs, personalized research assistance and, of course, access to countless books, articles, and other information sources. You'll get to know the Library very well over the course of your four years at Gustavus. There's a lot to learn about library research - we'll build a solid foundation in FTS, focusing on research skills that you'll use for your college career and beyond!


Asking for Help

Never be afraid to ask for help in the Library. Research is a learned process and librarians are here to help you develop your skills and talents as researchers. We're here to help you find the best sources for your papers and projects, help you navigate any snags you encounter, and answer any questions you have about research & library resources. Stop by the Reference Desk (located near the eclassroom on the main floor) to talk with a librarian - that's why we're here! Use this course page to identify particular resources of use to your research in this class. You are always welcome to contact me (Dan) directly with any questions - my email is listed below. Just be sure to put a snappy subject line to get my attention. Good luck and have fun!

Personnel:
Richard Leitch rleitch@gustavus.edu
Librarian: Dan Mollner dmollner@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Finding City-Specific Data
As you look for information about your communities, ask yourself who would collect the kind of data I'm looking for and how might they make that data available. In addition to the following resources, find your city or county's website to see what kind of information they have available and, if necessary, to get the contact information of the person who could provide it. Remember, the phone can be your best friend!
  • Census Bureau
    Fantastic gateway to all kinds of demographic information collected by the government.
  • American FactFinder
    Provides a wealth of information about populations and places in the United States, drawing on census data. The powerful search facility can be used to pinpoint tables of data and to create maps based on the variables you supply. Mapping tools enable creation of thematic maps from national to street level.
  • American Community Survey
    Data provided by the U.S. Federal Government that communities use to plan investments and services.
  • MNPRO
    If your hometown is in Minnesota, search MNPRO for a wealth of community information, such as housing, income, education, etc. Be sure to select Community Profiles in the left-hand search menu.
  • Encyclopedia of Homelessness
    Sage 2004
    Presents articles that describe patterns of homelessness, historically and in the contemporary world, causes, legal issues, advocacy, legislation, issues facing the homeless, research, and the extent and nature of homelessness in cities and countries around the world. Includes a number of primary source documents.
    • Location(s): Ref HV 4493 .E53 2004
    2 vols.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Washington, D.C. : Government Printing Office 1879-present
    This is perhaps the single most useful small package of statistical information available. It includes hundreds of tables of figures on population, economics, social factors, etc., with references to the original sources. An index to the tables provide essay access. A web version can be found at Census.gov.
    • Location(s): Ready Reference HA 202 .A2
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Includes summaries of statistical publications and searches and displays tables of statistical data. Statistical Insight includes links to the full-text of selected publications and government web sites, including the information contained in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
Finding Articles
Use the yellow FindIt! button in any of the databases to locate other full text copies of the article. The FindIt! button will tell you if the article is available online through another database, in print in the library (located on first floor), or if you'll need to order the article through Interlibrary Loan. For Interlibrary Loan you'll need your 14 digit barcode (on your 3 Crowns Card) and your password (your last name).
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Business Source Premier
    Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1965-present
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
Finding Books
Books are available to you in our library and also from other libraries. To find books in our library, use MnPALS. Use the other catalogs listed here to request books from other libraries. Talk with a librarian or visit the Interlibrary Loan link on the bottom of the page for more information about getting books from other libraries.

To locate books in our library, use the call number listed in the catalog. Generally, call numbers beginning with A-PQ are on the third floor; call numbers beginning with PR-Z are on the main floor. If you're having trouble finding a book, ask at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Library Help
Use these links to find out more information about how to use the library, additional research guides, and who to ask for more information.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Reference Desk
    Visit with librarians at the desk, by phone, email or chat for help with any library or research question. Click on the link for more information about this service.


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