On the Shelves
- Use options in the left column to narrow results by topic or item type.
Virtual Reference (eBooks)
- Gale Virtual Reference LibraryLink to all titles.
- Search for your topic in the field on the right side of page: Immigration, Poverty, Abortion, Pollution, etc. Scroll down, view the resources by book cover and description.
- Direct links to selected titles.
The Virtual Library Password for HOME use HERE or on sticker available from library.
- Searches all relevant databases for your topic.
- Use a keyword search. As you begin typing it will suggest topics which may be helpful.
- First result often is a Research Starter which will provide a good overview of the topic.
- Use limiters, found on the left side of the results page, to narrow your search. An especially helpful limiter is Subject. Be sure to use the Show More link to access all the subject limiters.
- Use Advanced Search. Search your big topic and a subtopic and consider using ‘’’title’’’ or subject terms in the drop down menu to the right of the search box. This will limit your hits to the most relevant articles immediately.
- Good source for reflection on the impact of social justice issues.
- Good source for international perspective.
- Good source for current events/news
- FOR ::::RJHS Database HOME access Also available as sticker for your agenda or ID card. Ask in the library.
Pros and Cons
Interested in the Pros and Cons of an issue? Try here:
Social Justice Websites
Use these sites to explore current issues as well as ways to respond.
- Issues and Actions: Social Justice Priorities of the USCCB.
- Top Menu: Ignatian Advocacy. Browse the categories.
- Each subsection links to advocacy organizations and causes.
- Look around. Here are some places to start:
- Top Menu: Advocate
- Bottom Menu: Your Voice | Advocate for Justice
- Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching: Education + Advocacy > Catholic Social Teaching
- Major Church Social Teaching Documents:
- Encyclicals, Homilies of Pope Francis, as well as links to Encyclicals and letters of previous Popes.
- Vatican Resource Library - Includes the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
- The Witness.org Advocacy group for creating Video to bring Social issues to public scrutiny.
- Includes a guide for creating effective advocacy video.
- To view WITNESS content: Go to the Connect With Us Menu a the bottom of the page for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram Content
- Search the Web
- Search your topic in a search engine. Use only the issue (cotton or coffee for example) and the country for the first search. For The Ivory Coast consider using Côte d’Ivoire. The bibliographies in most Wikipedia articles have good links but use Wikipedia article itself only for an overview. If you are searching the free web / looking for articles using a search engine, make sure you evaluate the website before you use it. Once you have a good web site, do a second search using terms found there. For example, once you find information on cotton and Uzbekistan, you might add "forced labor" in your next search.
NGOs: Non-Governmental Organizations
NGOs can be a great source for identifying issues in particular countries or regions, as well as contacting individuals with direct experience with the people exploited by an issue.
- WANGO - Worldwide NGO Directory Extensive list of NGOs in over 170 nations, organized by region of the world.
- NGO search engine University of California Berkeley. An NGO metasearch engine. Searches multiple NGO lists.
- USAID United States Agency of International Development - Guide to USAID NGO partners
- United Nations Civil Society Organization Database
- In the Organization's type field, select Non-governmental organization.
Contact directly? Yes, often the best answer to your question can be obtained through direct contact! Call or email the organization in which you are interested. Make sure you identify yourself, the school, and the purpose of your contact.
Evaluation Tools, Citation Tools & Database Passwords
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