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This library research guide is intended for students enrolled in Prof. Sam Kigar's REL 211 course. The guide provides research tips, tools, and strategies for undertaking the research component of the mosque project assignment.
Newspaper articles will be an essential part of your research process. You can use Wikipedia to identify important newspapers in your assigned city, and then search the following databases.
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
Access to news, business, governmental and legal sources.
Focus is on ethnic area studies, and related arts, business, education, environment, history, journalism, political science and sociology news. Some Spanish language sources are available.
A full text database comprised of articles from alternative and independent press newspapers, magazines and journals.
Search the most recent U.S. news content, featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Offers exclusive access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and co-exclusive access (with Factiva) to The Wall Street Journal. US Newsstream also offers one of the largest collections of local and regional newspapers.
You'll need to use a variety of approaches to develop a sense of the Muslim demographics of your city.
A good place to start is with data from the Pew Research Center, specifically their ongoing Religious Landscape Survey, and data from the American Muslim Poll, conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonprofit think tank devoted to researching and advocating for Muslim Americans.
Pew Religious Landscape Study (2007- )
This ongoing study includes data from 2007 and 2014, and provides some rich information about Muslims in the United States, with more detailed information available for some larger metropolitan areas.
American Muslim Poll (ISPU)
You also may wish to examine previous poll results and other studies available on the ISPU website. Note that you'll need to provide some brief information about yourself in order to be able to download the full reports.
A library database called Social Explorer provides another, indirect, way to look at demographics in specific cities and even specific neighborhoods. Social Explorer uses government data from the U.S. Census, and American Community Survey, and is best for identifying places where immigrants are living, but it cannot tell you for certain what their religious identification is because these surveys do not gather information about religion. For example, you'll be able to see if a city has an immigrant population from a Muslim-majority country, but you cannot infer that all immigrants from that country are Muslims.
Social Explorer is a wonderful tool that has a bit of a learning curve. If, after running some searches on your city, you find that you're struggling to understand the data, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Peggy Burge!
A research tool designed to provide access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history.
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Try these Library of Congress Subject Headings to discover materials in Primo that provide broader contextual information.