This guide has been designed for students in Hannah Rosefield's Spring 2023 Expos course, American Money.

cover of vivana e. zelizer's book, economic lives how culture shapes the economy 2010

What follows is a preliminary research "toolkit, stocked with a few essential databases to get your explorations started. We explain why we think you should concentrate your search efforts in them. And we offer "operating instructions" when  we think they'll help you use a particular search tool more efficiently.

Remember that good research is often about being both alert and open-minded, following up on hunches, testing out a hypothesis and then seeing where else (or to what else) it leads.

Good research is also about using language flexibly and strategically.  It's normal to try several search word combinations before you strike gold.

Please reach out if questions arise at any point in your project. We'll triage by email or set up a time to meet in person in Lamont, or even on Zoom, if that's your preference.

Enjoy your research adventure!

Sue Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Writing Programs, Lamont Library, Room 210