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HIST 302 Famine in Modern Society -- Professor Cope: Workshop, October 13

Primary vs. secondary, scholarly vs. popular

Look for biographical info about the author in the book itself or on the inside or back cover. Look for biographical info using Wikipedia or other web pages. Look for other books written by the author using the database called IDS Search. Look for articles written by the author using Historical Abstracts, Jstor, Academic Search Complete, ProQuest (or other databases). Find book reviews, review articles, and web pages that analyze, criticize, support, or refute your author, using Historical Abstracts, Jstor, Academic Search Complete, ProQuest (or other databases), and and web searches.

Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society... by Dali L. Yang

End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine, and Emigration, by Robert James Scally

Famine and Fashion: Needlewomen in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Beth Harris

Famine, Disease, and the Social Order in Early Modern Society, edited by John Walter  and Roger Schofield

Famine Ships: The Irish Exodus to America, by Edward Laxton 

Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century, by William Chester Jordan

Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine, by Robert Conquest 

Herbert Hoover and Famine Relief to Soviet Russia, 1921-1923, by Benjamin M. Weissman

Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and its Soviet Context, edited by Halyna Hryn

Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World, by Mike Davis

Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea, by Sandra Fahy

Markets and Famines, by Martin Ravallion

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most ... by Frank Dikötter

Red Tears: War, Famine, and Revolution in Ethiopia, by Dawit Wolde Giorgis

Resettlement and Famine in Ethiopia: The Villagers' Experience, by Alula Pankhurst


Exploding a Topic

Brainstorm your own topic in this manner and then open the database America: History & Life and, using the search words you came up with and your knowledge of search logic (ANDS/ORS), find some articles. Next open up IDS Search and look for some books.



Citation Tracking

Google Scholar

 Example: "Famine in Africa: a global perspective"

1. "New variant famine: AIDS and food crisis in southern Africa"

2. "Entitlements or empowerment? Famine and starvation in Africa"

3. "Fertility trends, excess mortality, and the Great Irish Famine"

4. "Scurvy in the Great Irish Famine: Evidence of vitamin C deficiency from a mid‐19th century skeletal population"

5. "The deadly fungus: an econometric investigation into the short-term demographic impact of the Irish Famine 1846-1851"

6. "Migration as disaster relief: Lessons from the Great Irish Famine"

7. "The 1932 Harvest and the Famine of 1933"

8. "Demography of a man-made human catastrophe: The case of massive famine in Ukraine 1932-1933" 

Common Search Errors

Common searching errors:

#1 Getting the search logic wrong -- confusing "and" and "or"



#2 Adding extraneous words



#3 Getting the search logic wrong -- confusing "and" and "or"



#4  Adding extraneous words



#5 Not understanding subject headings


#6 Being too specific