Lee Semmerling

The Encyclopedia of Chicago

New to the MVCC library and the internet is The Encyclopedia of Chicago. This reference is the culmination of a ten year project by the Newberry Library and the Chicago Historical Society. You can find The Encyclopedia of Chicago in our library reference section or online, free, at www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org .

From the University of Chicago Press:
“The Encyclopedia of Chicago is one of the most significant historical projects undertaken in the last twenty years, and it has everything in it to engage the most curious historian as well as settle the most boisterous barroom dispute. If you think you know how Chicago got its name, if you have always wondered how the Chicago Fire actually started and how it spread, if you have ever marveled at the Sears Tower or the reversal of the Chicago River–if you have affection, admiration, and appreciation for this City of the Big Shoulders, this Wild Onion, this Urbs in Horto, then The Encyclopedia of Chicago is for you.”

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Academic Integrity Research Guide

Academic Integrity is a new MVCC Library research guide designed by COL 101 faculty and librarians to stimulate thought, class discussions and ideas for research papers. The provided sources review the challenges and rewards of avoiding plagiarism and cheating. And that it is the responsibility not only of students, but also faculty, and administration, to create a “culture of academic integrity.”

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Literary Criticism Research Guide

The revised and expanded Literary Criticism Research Guide is now up on the MVCC Library’s Research Guides web page. The guide presents selected reference sources, books, journals, databases and websites on literary criticism as well as strategies on searching for additional sources. We have also added a page on how to track down hard to find text of poems and stories.

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American attitudes: “program on international policy attitudes” (PIPA)

This website (www.pipa.org) reports on research performed by the PIPA of American attitudes on topics of foreign policy and international issues. This is a great resource for students to review when considering topics for their papers and speeches. It is also a great source for those interested in politics and International issues. Polls and surveys are organized in the “Digest” section by topic so that one can see the change of American attitude on issues over time.

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