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Contemporary American Social Movements: STRC 0801, STRC 0901

Research help for the GenEd courses STRC 0801/0901: Contemporary American Social Movements.

Library Research for Contemporary American Social Movements

Photograph of fists raised in protest.

This guide will help you with your research assignments for the General Education course Contemporary American Social Movements. Use the adjacent blue buttons to help you find sources about social movements, past and present. If you need help, contact the librarian.

Is it Okay to Use Wikipedia?

"Wikipedia? It's a great place to start, and a horrible place to end, at least that's what my professor says."

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Wikipedia can be a great place to begin finding information on a topic, trend, or issue. You'll need to find additional sources, but Wikipedia articles may help you learn more about your topic. Use the citation list at the bottom of Wikipedia entry pages to lead you to more sources. 

Understand the Assignment

Checklist Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment. Read your assignment and look for:

  • Due Date
  • Length of the assignment
  • Number and type(s) of outside sources
  • Topic guidance
  • Points your instructor wants you to cover

Make sure you understand your assignment’s purpose. Are you supposed to take a side in an existing argument, explain a problem, propose a position, describe a project or process, or do something else?

If you find that you cannot describe what your assignment is about to someone else, either read it again or ask your instructor for clarification.