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Research Matters

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

Image:OED coverThe Oxford English Dictionary is our largest English dictionary. Some of its more useful features are etymologies, and chronologies of usage.

Use the English Dictionary to learn about the history of words, where they first appeared, and how they have changed.  You can find around when people first began abbreviating their consternation as WTF (1985), what language the word opossum comes from (Algonquin), or what words meant to English speakers of different eras.

 

 

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

book cover of the Encyclopedia of Food and CultureTo celebrate Thanksgiving I looked the holiday up in the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. I was interested to learn that the holiday was not born stateside. The encyclopedia states that Thanksgiving "arrived with the intellectual baggage of New England's Puritan colonists. Having banished the medieval roster of holidays including Christmas and saint's days, the reformers admitted only three holy days: the Sabbath, fast days, and Thanksgivings". 

Intellectual baggage or not, enjoy the break. You can read about Thanksgiving and other foodstuffs and foodways in the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Available as an ebook from the GW libraries.

 

 

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

screenshot of a newspaper article from 1814. headline: "Old News in a New Dress"How did the press react after the moon landing? What is a good home remedy for the pox from a pre-revolutionary American newspaper? Answer these questions and more using our historical newspaper databases. Use historical newspapers to strengthen your arguments by including primary sources. You will find databases providing online access to newspapers ranging 1690 to the present in our newspaper research guide.

Pictured is an excerpt from the Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC). From May 1814 found in 19th Centruy U.S. Newspapers.

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

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Stuck with a last minute deadline? Can’t find what you need and are beginning to panic?

Fear not! Your librarian is here!

WHAT: Walk-in for a half hour Research Consultation

WHEN: Monday – Thursday, 4pm to 6pm

HOW: Sign up at the Reference & Information Desk at the back of Gelman’s 1st
floor.

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