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Ferguson, MO | Background & Contexts

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Use the Library's Discovery Search to find books, articles, images, and statistics – All at one time!  You can use the 'Advanced Search' tool to limit your results. 


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Getting Started

Looking to do some background reading on these complicated, controversial issues? Points of View can be a great place to start. It includes essays outlining the different perspectives and a Guide to Critical Analysis that puts everything in context. Each article includes suggestions for further reading. See the list below for some of the topics covered.

What is a Digital Reference Source?

A digital reference source is an electronic version of a reference item -- encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac, atlas, etc. - that is interactive and searchable online. Some of these reference items are also available in print in the Library - check the catalog!

Best Bets

Subscription resources are available to Fontbonne students, faculty, & staff. Guests are welcome to visit us the Jack C. Taylor Library. For a complete list of databases, see the Digital Resources Alphabetical List.

Finding Search Terms

Use any combination of the following terms to search the Fontbonne Library Classic Catalog (for books, DVDs, e-books, etc.); you can also use them to get started with our Discovery Search or in any of the library's subject-specific Digital Resources.

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CREDO Reference: Civil Rights Topic Page

photoCREDOReference is a general reference collection available through the library's Digital Resources.

The Civil Rights Topic Page gives an overview and includes a selection of key reference titles (e.g. Encyclopedia of American Studies and Africa & the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History).

A Mind Map of the subject offers a visual map of some of the areas covered by the different sources.

 

Database Search Tip

Take Note!

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All databases are not created equal, and sometimes your search strategies can make a big difference. Use the 'Help' files at the top of the screen or ask a Librarian to maximize your results

Reading Room

The most recent print copies of the journals below are available in the reading area on the main floor (back issues can be found in the bound periodicals on the second floor). Additional titles can be found through the databases listed to the left.

Print Journals @ the Library

In the Jack C. Taylor Library, print copies of journals are treated two ways:

  • Our most recent issues (usually the current year) are kept in alphabetical order in the reading area on the first floor of the library (across from the Circulation Desk). Scholarly journals are on the low shelves and popular managinzes are on the side wall.
  • Older issues are bound in hard cover and filed on the shelves in alphabetical order (labeled by year) on the east side of the second floor of the library.

The Library receives many physical magazines and journals, some of which are NOT available through the online databases. Do a "Journal Title" search in the Library's Catalog or check in the white binder (Fontbonne Current Periodicals) on top of the shelves in the reading room to see if a journal is available in print.

@ the Library: DVD's


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