Franklin &  Marshall College Library

MSS 119: Derangement and Blame

Violation of Expection

Find a story that interests you. The story should point to a generally recognized stigma. The stigma should be identifiable and manageable. You may be tempted by a racial comment made by a sports figure, but racism may be too broad a topic.
  • examples: Janet Jackson, Howard Stern
  • stories may be found flipping through magazines like Time or Newsweek
  • a popular TV and radio show may regularly exploit topics considered taboo
  • use of Popular Resources; such as Lexis-Nexis or Readers Guide
Identify and research the related stigma.
  • examples: indecency, indecent exposure, nudity, stuttering... you may need to read through a few popular resources to develop a number of useable keywords
  • may be worthwhile to peruse the table of contents of an academic journal
  • use of Research Resources; such as Social Sciences Full Text or Jstor

Popular Sources

Try these sources to gauge the success or failure of a story that interests you. Can you find enough resources to make research worthwhile?
Great source for current, full-text major newspapers. Including the New York Times and Washington Post. Coverage is the last dozen years.

Readers' Guide Full Text
Indexes over 200 popular, general interest periodicals. Covers 1983 to the present.

Yahoo News of the Day
Up to the minute news provided by Reuters.

Wilson Select Plus
Contains indexed and abstracted articles from 800 periodicals, all with full-text online.

You might also try sources like Readers' Guide Retrospective for journals 1890-1982, or Nineteenth Century Masterfile for earlier journal coverage 1802-1906.

Also try the Library Catalog to help define topics in books, and WorldCat which is a gigantic book index. Great resource for testing topics.

Scholarly Sources

Use these sources to find full studies and research regarding your topic.
Social Sciences Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering anthropology, economics, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. Covers 1983 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts
Full version comprehensive database of over 1500 journals covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Covers 1963 to the present.

The APA's index of journals, books, dissertations, and reports on psychology and related fields. Includes indexing from Psychological Abstracts. Covers 1887 to the present.

A collection of abstracts and articles from over 200 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

You might also try sources like Index to Legal Periodicals & Books for legal issues, or Medline for topics that may be medical in nature.
Last updated: 2/4/04 ag, contact Andy Gulati for assistance, 291-4261