This Week in Reference: Chicago History

Skyline of ChicagoHello from the Research Help Desk! Have you used our Ask a Librarian chat service recently? Librarians are online from 9am – 10pm most nights to help you with your research and library-related questions. You can also seek out help in person at the Research Help Desk at the Loop or Lincoln Park locations. This month we have had several questions related to research about Chicago such as:

  • Where can I find census data on the city of Chicago?
  • Do we have access to local newspapers from Chicago?
  • Can you help me with my research on the societal impact that the Cubs and White Sox have on the city of Chicago?
  • Can you help me find information on Chicago’s immigrant population from recent years?

We have many resources that students can use if they are researching Chicago, such as our Chicago Research Guide and our 1893 Columbian Exposition Research Guide. We also have access to Chicago area news and Chicago Statistics & Data through our databases. Want to browse physical books? Check out our Chicago Collection located on the 1st floor of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park.

The DePaul librarians love answering all your questions and helping you navigate the many databases available.

An example chat looks something like this:

Researcher: Hello!

Librarian: Hi! How can I help you?

Researcher: I’m researching the water quality of the Humboldt Park Lagoon. Can you point me in the right direction?

Librarian: Sure! I’m happy to help you! We can start by looking at our Environmental Studies Research Guide. This guide will suggest databases to search that are related to environmental science.

Researcher: Thank you! Is there anything specific to Chicago?

Librarian: Yes! Once you have clicked on the guide, you will see a tab for ‘Local, State, and National Websites’ on the left hand side of the page, which will suggest a list of Illinois and Chicago sources.

Researcher: Thank you!

Librarian: You’re welcome!

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