Two important changes from after this video was made!
(1) As of fall 2020, you use your CUNY First/Blackboard username and password to read articles online - no more need to activate your ID!
(2) If you use the second method (searching with OneSearch), instead of clicking on "full text available" you'll click on "available online" to get to an info page, and then on any link listed on that page. The links will look like this:
If you don't want to watch the video, here's a quick rundown of how to find reference resources. (But please watch the video if you've got a few minutes, it has more info!)
1. Using a reference article-only database
You can use a database like Gale Virtual Reference Library to find background articles in academic encyclopedias, usually written by professors to provide an overview of a topic. Gale Virtual Reference Library has articles on a wide range of topics.
2. Using OneSearch to find reference articles
In OneSearch, to limit your results to reference articles, use the "resource type" filter on the right and select "Reference Resources".
PLEASE NOTE: this list is arranged A-Z. If you don't see the words "Reference Resources" you need to click on "show more" to see the whole list.
The database Slavery and Anti-Slavery has mostly primary sources.
When you search this database, notice that you can choose one section to search within:
Newspapers may be a good kind of source (less dense and long than laws, for instance) - editorials (opinion pieces) will also be very direct about what the author's opinions are:
Once you are in an article, you can find the citation at the top:
Getting stuck with your search? See this short video for tips on using better keywords to find what you want!