This Week in Reference: E-Commerce, Ancient Dance, and the Great Chicago Fire

E-Commerce, Ancient Dance, and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

As the temperature outside begins to drop, library research is heating up! We’ve been getting a wide variety of interesting research questions at the library this month.  Some of the topics that our Research Librarians and Peer Research Tutors helped our patrons explore recently include:

• Dance in Ancient Egypt
• E-commerce and user experience
• Violence against women in refugee camps
• Childhood trauma and chronic pain
• Finding early 20th century German hymnals
• Finding theses from past DePaul graduate students
• Chicago buildings that survived the fire of 1871
• Personality characteristics possessed by top coaches around the world
• Electronic medical records’ effect on the communication between doctors and patients
• Social Impact of information system failures

The following is an in-depth look at one of the research questions we received:


Does the DePaul library have access to TIME’s older issues? I wanted to read a 1977 article about Star Wars for an assignment, but you need to be subscriber to see it.


Yes, we have the text from Time Magazine in 1977 (our access just doesn’t provide pictures). The easiest way is to start on the library homepage. Hover your mouse over “Find” at the top then click on journals by title. Search for “time magazine” and click the link for Academic Search Complete, which provides access to Time from 1923 to the present. After you open the Time Magazine page of Academic Search Complete, click on “Search within publication” and search for “star wars”, then limit by date.

Just as we enjoyed helping this patron, we would love to help with any research needs you may have. No question is too big or small! You don’t even have to visit us in person. Call, text, email, or chat with us through our Ask a Librarian service or make an appointment with our research librarians to get in depth research help.

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