October 9th Assignment

Of the several GW Primary Source Databases that I have encountered so far, the two most interesting are PsychINFO and Sociological Abstracts.  I am drawn to these databases because of their diversity in resources; they both offer peer reviewed academic essays, as well as analysis of different time periods or specific events.  In my opinion, the Sociological Abstracts database has a lot of utility because it gives you a brief description of an article/essay, which can make your research more efficient, but it also gives you access to the actual writing so you can make your own interpretation.

My project focuses on how African American veterans were portrayed and perceived throughout major wars in the 20th century, which leaves me needing professional analysis of the thoughts and feelings of a population.  These two databases are useful in my research project because they give me objective data on the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of the public, as well as particular individuals.  My project focuses on how African American veterans were portrayed and perceived throughout major wars in the 20th century.

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One thought on “October 9th Assignment”

  1. I’m just curious as to what specific date range you are looking at. Even if you decide to do the entire 20th century, will you be viewing the transitions in opinions then, and how they transformed? I feel that the references you gave would be perfect for showing a transition in opinion.

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