For this class, an Academic Source includes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, monographs, expert reports, official church statements etc. With the permission of the instructor, it may also include longer essays in popular periodicals, statements, talks, speeches, videos, podcasts etc. by recognized public policy experts or practitioners in the field.
The concepts included in the broad categories of "politics" and "faith" require creative use of alternate search terms. For example, an article about how faith-based denominational affiliation affects voting patterns may not actually include "faith" "denomination" or "voting" in the parts of the record that are being searched, but instead use "religion" "secularism" and "elections." Before you search, consider the terminology used in the course syllabus; and when you find an article such as this, look at the subject headings for alternative keywords and subjects.
- Better searching using AND, OR, NOT
- Better searching using truncation
- Getting great results: narrowing your search
- Using search words effectively
peer-reviewed scholarly articles
- Identifying peer-reviewed journals
- In Omni results, under "Modify your search," limit the search facets to "Articles" and "Peer-Reviewed Journals"
- If it is difficult to narrow down results, consider a subject database, such as
- If you want to search within one particular journal, locate it here.
popular magazine articles
- Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database
- Readers' Guide Full Text Mega
- hundreds of popular magazines, including Macleans and Walrus
- ability to search across the full text (not just the author, title)
- last resort: in Omni results, under "Modify your search," limit the search facets to "Articles" and then X out "Peer-Reviewed Journals"
- Canadian Newstream
- There are other newspaper sources, e.g, historical content related to Apartheid in South Africa
- Finding books in Omni
- Finding eBooks
- In Omni results, under "Modify your search," limit the search facets to "Books and eBooks" and "Available online"
- If you are near the Laurier Library, you can also request print books via "Books to Go"
- When you locate an appropriate book, look at the assigned subject headings to find other material
- Omni only searches the record of the book (i.e, author, title, subjects), not the full text. You can also search the full text contents of our ebooks by searching through our ebook platforms
- If you identify a book but cannot locate an ebook version in Omni, try the following
official church statements
Besides Google, there is no one database that would cover this material. If you are searching for documents from a particular denomination, consider the site: function, as in:
Grey literature is often unpublisher material such as conference proceedings, internal planning documents, statements, white papers, and working papers, and is created by corporations, governments, non-governmental and professional organizations, think tanks, and universities. Just like searching for church statements, use similar Google limiters:
- site:net, site:edu, site:.org
The Library's subscription to Scholars Portal Books also has several related collections
See more informationa about finding Government Documents
The Library subscribes to a number of streaming video services, the following might be helpful for this class