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EIU 4101: Spaceship Earth (Dr. Smith)

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EIU 4101 Research Guide
This guide is intended to help you with doing research for your final paper in EIU 4101, Spaceship Earth with Dr. Smith. You will find links to library resources, each with a different focus.

The library catalog (also called the EIU Online Catalog) will help you find books and encyclopedias for background information about your research topic.

The complete full-text of newspaper articles can be found in the Lexis Nexis database. 

Scholarly articles* can be researched in the databases Academic Search Complete and JSTOR.

*Professor Smith advises that scholarly articles can be determined by having an abstract, a list of works cited, and being of significant length, at least 6 or more pages.

You can return to this guide at this URL:
Finding articles

Your assignment requires you to have, at a minimum, 5 references including at least 3 scholarly journal articles and 2 newspaper articles. You may also use books, magazines, and Internet sources.

This guide will direct you to resources for newspaper articles, and magazine and journal articles. You may search the library catalog for books from or the search box in the right column.

Getting started

KEYwords: selecting search terms

Before you begin searching newspaper or journal article databases, choose your terms carefully and think about additional ways to express the concepts you are looking for.


For example, if your research topic is famine in Africa,  you might narrow that down to a specific famine in a specific country, then ask a research question:
How does drought affect food supply in Somalia? 


From this question identify the key terms: drought food Somalia


You can lose the words how, does, affect, supply, in. They are too common and they do not have meaning for search purposes.


What are some alternative search terms that are synonymous with or related to the terms you selected? In this case you could also search for:
famine, starvation, malnutrition, agriculture, "East Africa", weather, desertification, climate change.

Use quotes around words that you want to stay together.


Mix, match and combine your terms and learn from the search results of each attempt you make.

Getting to Lexis Nexis

Follow these steps

Starting at Booth Library's home page (, click on Newspapers under the Articles tab.

next, select Lexis Nexis from the menu. ​   

Lexis Nexis screenshotOnce you have reached the Lexis Nexis interface, use the small search box labeled
"search the news" underneath the main search.
Getting to Academic Search Complete

Follow these steps


You're asked to include one map, table, or graph in your paper. See above for screen shot guidance in setting this search limit. The maps, tables, and graphs are image files that can be pasted into your papers. Just make sure you cite them. 

Getting to JSTOR

Follow these steps

Select the radio button for JSTOR and use the "Find articles about" search box -- OR -- Choose JSTOR from the alphabetic list of Databases.

Type in your search terms, separating them with AND. For example, search on "drought AND "east africa"."

Using keywords to search in the JSTOR database.

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Citation style requirements

Cite your work!

Your assignment requires that you use citations within the text of your paper as well as references at the end of your paper.


In-text citations must be (AUTHOR YEAR: PAGE) for example: (Smith 2010: 34)


The references section must be in Chicago style, author-date format. From The Chicago Manual of Style Online: Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide click on the "author-date" tab for examples. Do not use the "notes and bibliography" or "footnotes" format.

Get help!

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The Reference desk is on north end of the the main level of Booth Library