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FTS: Punks/Skaters/Queers: Various Ways to Find Stuff Out

Seeking Subcultures

Sometimes you have to rescue information from the boxes libraries put it in. This guide will help you find your way through the boxes. Have fun!

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Some Libary Books

You can check books out for six weeks.

Most books are in the General Collection, but some are shelved in other places.

Books in the General Collection are on two different floors.

Call numbers starting with A-PQ - upstairs

Call numbers starting with PR - Z - main floor


We have Zines!

Sometimes DIY non-mainstream publications like zines reflect a subculture's values and aesthetic. They are cataloged, but it's probably easiest to browse them to see what is there. 

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Finding Articles

A lot of the articles the library subscribes to are found in databases. These include both the full text of articles and information about articles that may be elsewhere. When the full text isn't available, use the yellow Find It! button to see if it's in another database, in print, or to reequest a copy from another library.

Looking for Books

Libraries categorize books by subject using a really old system. They also tag them with subject headings that don't necessarily reflect subcultures. (But "punk culture" is a thing!) 

Because subcultures involve fashion, music, art, and social codes, you may find yourself visiting many different bookshelves. Or we may not have any books on the subculture you're interested in. As with articles, we can borrow books from other libraries, so if you come across one that you'd like to see and it's not here, feel free to request it through the library catalog. You can borrow just-for-fun books, too.  


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Sharing Culture

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Making Good Choices Among Sources

"Sources are people talking to other people." - Doug Downs

Things to think about as you decide which sources will be useful to you:

Who wrote it? What makes them an expert?

Why did they write it? To express themselves artistically? To provide basic background information? To provide analysis and interpretation? To express a personal opinion?

What did they rely on for information? Personal experience? Historical evidence? Other people's analysis?

When was it written? Is there newer information you might need to round out your understanding?

As you gather information, be sure to compare and corroborate what you're finding across sources.

On the Media has some ideas about how to think about news stories, including how to spot fake news when you see it.

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Google Hacks

Of course you know how to use Google, but did you know -

You can limit a search to government websites by adding to a search?

You can limit a search to a recent year, month, day, or dates you choose by clicking on Search Tools - Any time?

You can narrow a search to documents published in PDF format by adding filetype:pdf to a search? 

You can see what news sources say about something by searching

You can search for words and phrases in books using

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