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Who do you Think You are?

Have you ever watched the NBC television show Who Do You Think You Are?

The Dept. of Special Collections in Chester Fritz Library is the place to go if you are searching for your family history.

Welcome

This guide will give you ideas on where to locate resources for your research paper assignment Migration/Immigration, Diversity and Identity.

If your family is from North Dakota the Dept. of Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Library will have things you may need like county plat maps and Sanborn maps for cities in ND as well as local history information, including town and county histories usually written at the 100th or later anniversary of the founding of town.

The Geology Library has the largest collection of maps on campus, mostly federal in origin.

The Geneaology/Family History room is especially strong in Norwegian immigration in North Dakota.

Scholarly Articles

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

When conducting research it is important to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Journal articles are typically referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are usually considered "popular".

CriteriaScholarly JournalPopular Magazine
Example
Content In-depth, primary account of original findings written by the researcher(s); very specific information, with the goal of scholarly communication. Secondary discussion of someone else's research; may include personal narrative or opinion; general information, purpose is to entertain or inform.
Author Author's credentials are provided; usually a scholar or specialist with subject expertise. Author is frequently a journalist paid to write articles, may or may not have subject expertise.
Audience Scholars, researchers, and students. General public; the interested non-specialist.
Language Specialized terminology or jargon of the field; requires expertise in subject area. Vocabulary in general usage; easily understandable to most readers.
Graphics Graphs, charts, and tables; very few advertisements and photographs. Graphs, charts and tables; lots of glossy advertisements and photographs.
Layout & Organization Structured; includes the article abstract, goals and objectives, methodology, results (evidence), discussion, conclusion, and bibliography. Informal; may include non-standard formatting. May not present supporting evidence or a conclusion.
Accountability Articles are evaluated by peer-reviewers* or referees who are experts in the field; edited for content, format, and style. Articles are evaluated by editorial staff, not experts in the field; edited for format and style.
References Required. Quotes and facts are verifiable. Rare. Little, if any, information about source materials is given.
Other Examples Annals of Mathematics, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, History of Education Quarterly, Almost anything with Journal in the title.

Time, Newsweek, The Nation, The Economist

Subject Guide

Sally Dockter
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