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WRIT 1301: University Writing (Pawlowski)

U of MN, Twin Cities

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  • University Studies Bibliography
    There is an emerging field in academia called "University Studies." It is a field which takes as its object of critique higher education itself, and is especially interested in the politics and socio-economics of the university. I am a scholar in this burgeoning field, and you can be proud to be on a campus that has played a major role in the development of this new and exciting intellectual field by hosting three conferences on it a couple years ago. Eli Meyerhoff in Political Science, Ellen Messer-Davidow of English, and myself started compiling this bibliography around that same time. It is designed to suggest to other scholars what works might fall into the purview of "University Studies." This bibliography should be especially helpful to you, since our papers are about University Studies! I apologize that this is a PDF, being that so many of the sources are html links! I have tried to convert it many times to word, but with no luck. My apologies. I hope it will still be useful. As you find sources that are not on this list, will you tell me about them? Then I can add them to this bibliography. And then you too can contribute to this emerging field.
Developing Your Research Proposal
  • Broad Topic Suggestions
    Do some preliminary and background research to narrow your topic down to a sub-set of a broad topic.
    *gender and higher education
    *race and higher education
    *cost and higher education
    *employment and higher education
    *demographics and higher education
  • Background Research
    • Library Guides
      • Education, Higher
        This subject covers: education at the college or university level. Includes undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorate study.
      • Sociology (general aspects)
        This subject covers: non-medical, non-psychological aspects of aging, adolescence, alcoholism, childhood, drug abuse, death, disabilities, family, homelessness, marriage, mass phenonmena, population planning, poverty, roles, sex, socialization and urbanization.
      • Current Issues
        This subject covers: contemporary social, economic, political or cultural issues as covered in news and opinion sources as well as some scholarly and public policy resources.
    • CQ Researcher Authentication Required
      Designed as a starting place for research, 48 reports per year provide background on current topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.
Finding Articles (Magazines, Newspapers and Scholarly Journals) with Indexes
Use indexes and databases to find articles on your topic. Search by keywords and identify useful articles. Try to narrow your search to around 200 articles by adding more keywords or using the pull down menu next to the search box and change to "title" or "abstract" field. Click the FindIt! button to connect to the full text of the article if it is available.
  • Search Strategy Examples
    gender and (college or university)
    discrimination and (race or ethnicity) and higher education
    tuition and cost
    (african american or black) and higher education and admissions
    (work or employement) and higher education
    GI bill and land grants
    college students and demographics
    college students and (drinking or alcohol)
    dorms and college students
  • Multidisciplinary Indexes and Databases
    • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
      This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
      Provides full text for scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines and newspapers. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study.
    • JSTOR Authentication Required
      Find full text academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Note: Most recent 2 to 5 years NOT included.
  • Subject specific databases
    • Education Full Text
      Education Full Text offers full-text access to about half of the 500+ education journals indexed in it.
      [Resource no longer available]
    • Sociological Abstracts Authentication Required
      This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide.
    • GenderWatch Authentication Required
      GenderWatch, a full text index, covers the impact of gender in a variety of subject areas.
    • PsycINFO Authentication Required
      Covers all areas of psychology. In addition, PsycINFO covers books, book chapters, and dissertations.
    • Business Source Premier Authentication Required
      This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
      Includes both scholarly journals and professional publications in business, economics, political science and public administration.
    • America: History and Life Authentication Required
      This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
  • Newspaper Indexes and Databases
    • Ethnic NewsWatch Authentication Required
      Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.
    • ProQuest Global Newsstream Authentication Required
      This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
      ProQuest Newsstand provides national and regional news sources. Full-text titles include The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other newspapers.
If you're gonna Google anyway, at least do this:
  • Google Scholar (UMN setup required)
    Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ
Specific Publications
  • Search tips
    *Browse a specific issue (such as the most current issue) to get topic ideas or a sense of what is covered.
    *Once you get into the publication--look for a link to "search within this publication" to search by keyword.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Authentication Required
    The Chronicle of Higher Education is the number one news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.

    To have direct access to from any remote location, create a personal account using a University of Minnesota e-mail address. The log-in link is provided in the upper right-hand corner.

    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • New York Times (1980 - present, via Proquest) Authentication Required
    Full text of the New York Times, 1980 - present. See separate link for New York Times Historical Archive. This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Minnesota Daily
    Full text access via LexisNexis Academic 1997-Current
    Microfilm: 1900-Current. Newspaper Room, Basement, Wilson Library
  • Radical Teacher
    Peer Reviewed. Dedicated to the theory & practice of teaching. Serves educators who are working for democratic process, peace, & justice. Examines the root causes of inequality & promotes progressive social change.
  • Minnesota Review
    The minnesota review is a literary and cultural studies journal. A special emphasis is placed on politically engaged criticism, fiction and poetry. Issues are often themed.
  • Academe
    Not peer reviewed. Articles, reports, book reviews and news for members of the American Association of University Professors.
Finding Books, Videos and More with MNCAT
  • Library Catalog
    Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
Websites & Blogs
  • History
    • Morrill Land Grant College Act
      Learn more about the Morrill Act, which made it possible for the western states to establish colleges for their citizens. Ever since colonial times, basic education had been a central tenet of American democratic thought. By the 1860s, higher education was becoming more accessible, and many politicians and educators wanted to make it possible for all young Americans to receive some sort of advanced education.
    • University of Minnesota Archives
      Search finding aids, images, and much more for the collection in Andersen Library. The University Archives includes over 15,000 linear feet of faculty papers, departmental records, University publications, reports, campus maps and blueprints, historical data and much more. Over 20,000 cataloged photographs of University buildings, staff, students, classes, laboratories and events provide visual documentation of the University's history and the people who have contributed to it. The Archives is open to the public. The collections are used by students, faculty, staff, and an international community of scholarly researchers.
  • Policy & Think Tanks in Higher Education
  • News Sources that cover Higher Education
  • Blogs
Evaluating Articles, Books and Websites You Find

Citing Your Sources

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