COMS 240 Research Guide

Find a GROUP

Volunteer Opportunities from ACU's Service Learning Center
Community groups by interest.

ACU Special Interest Groups (Check with your professor before using)
Groups on the ACU campus


ARTICLES and NEWSPAPERS provide current awareness and research that support your message. Use them to explore background issues as well as specific programs.

Academic Search Complete
Articles across all subjects. Contains both scholarly research and general magazines. Good starting point any time you need journal articles.

Scholarly articles on sociology topics. Use to research theory and effectiveness behind social programs and community service groups.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Good for basic information without overwhelming details. Like Wikipedia but with sources you can cite.

Most comprehensive collection of newspapers and magazines. Search thousands of news sources at once. Includes regional, U.S., and international newspapers and magazines.

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GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS are gateways to a wealth of data and reports. Use these search engines to find authoritative reports online and to identify the primary agencies that publish on your topic.

Convenient ranking of links within home pages.
Caches pages to eliminate bad links.

American FactFinder2
Doorway to U.S. Census data. Good for demographics describing the nation, state, or a local city.

Abilene Quick Profiles (more details via full search)

Social - Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
- Income, Poverty, Employment, Occupation
- Occupancy and Structure, Adequacy, House Value, Costs, Utilities ...
- Age and Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...


ABILENE LOCAL INFORMATION tie issues to this specific area, thereby helping to establish need and relevancy.

Abilene Reporter News
Fulltext of Abilene's local paper from 2003 to the present.

Abilene, TX City Search
City departments, City Council minutes, and official municipal workings.


IMAGES add visual impact and emphasize points in a memorable way.

Use the Image Search tab just above the search box. Image Search
Images from government and military sites, most of which are in the public domain.

NBC Learn
Images and video clips from news programs. Good if your broad issue was talked about in the news.

Can limit search to photos, videos, maps.

Last updated:  Oct 04, 2011 12:56 PM

Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, the Special Collections at ACU's Center for Restoration Studies now houses two Ethiopian religious texts dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

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