As this is an American Culture Studies course, you might expect to find most of the research materials you will need on the 2nd floor of Olin Library under the Library of Congress Call Number (LCCN) H for the social sciences. An outline of the headings and subheadings covered within the Hs is available on on this page of Library of Congress Classifications. You might find relevant material categorized under political science (J), technology (T), law (K), and other fields. Further, books on these subject areas might not only be in Olin Library, but in the Brown, Business, and Law School libraries as well. So, browsing the stacks is a resource-gathering strategy, but it is unlikely to be the most efficient one.
A keyword search ("Word(s)") in the Washington University Libraries' catalog is similar to a Google search in that the words you enter could be anywhere in the item record (title, subject, chapter titles, contents summary, etc.). If you do not know the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) for the topic you are researching, then a keyword search is a good way to start. However, if you want to find EVERYTHING the library owns on a subject, you will want to discover the proper subject headings and peruse the available titles therein. When you see a title and say to yourself: "Hey, that sounds exactly like what I'm looking for!," click on that item record, then click on it's LCSH for all titles in the library under that subject heading.
The following is a partial list of relevant subject headings:
4chan (Electronic resource)
Communications security establishment
Computers and civilization
Elections -- United States -- 2016
Facebook (Electronic resource)
Federalʹna︠i︡a sluzhba bezopasnosti Rossii (FSB, or the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation)
Freedom of information
Freedom of speech
Freedom of the press
Government and the press
Great Britain. MI5
Great Britain. MI6
Internet Research Agency, LLC
Leaks (Disclosure of information)
Manning, Chelsea, 1987-
Mass media and propaganda
Mass media criticism
North Atlantic Council
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society
Online social networks
Personal information management
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2016
Privacy, Right of
Right to be forgotten
Snowden, Edward J., 1983-
Technology -- Moral and ethical aspects
Technology -- Social aspects
Technology and law
Technology and state
Trump, Donald, 1946-
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
United States. Federal Communications Commission
United States. National Security Agency/Central Security Service
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-
Hein Online - contains more than 900 searchable full-text law journals and many legal resources, including the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, and U.S. Statutes at Large. Useful for U.S. political history.
MAS Ultra (1975 - ) - Full text for more than 700 popular magazines, plus biographies, primary source documents, pamphlets, and reference books\
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) - contains more than 15,000 news, legal and business sources, including journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs; local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives; extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790; business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives.
Nexis Uni includes transcripts from the following (once in the database go to "By Source Type" and change to Broadcast transcripts): ABC News (select programs); ABC Transcripts (Australia); American Public Media; BBC Monitoring; Bloomberg (select programs); Burrelle's Transcripts Business Day TV - Transcripts; Cavuto; CBS News Transcripts; Channel NewsAsia; Charlie Rose Show; CNBC/Dow Jones Business Video; CNBC News; CNN; CNN en Espanol; CNN Financial All; CNN Financial Network; CNN International; CNN Transcripts; CQ Congressional Testimony; CQ Transcriptions; CTV Television; Dan Rather Reports; ET Now Transcripts; EuroNews; FDCH News Service Capitol Report; Federal News Service; Financial Market Regulatory Wire; Follow the Money; Foreign Correspondent; Fox Business Happy Hour; Fox Business Network Transcripts; Fox News Network; Freedom Watch; Global Broadcast Database - English (Full Text); Imus Simulcast; Lou Dobbs Tonight; Money for Breakfast; Montel Williams Show; MSNBC; National Narrowcast Network Transcripts; National Public Radio (NPR); The Nightly Business Report; NBC News; PBS NewsHour (formerly the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer); Power and Money; Presidential Campaign Press Materials; Renseignor; SEC Wire; Stossel Transcripts; TVEyes (BBC, ITV); Wall Street Journal Report. For assistance using Nexis Uni, see their Nexis Uni Tutorials on YouTube.
C-SPAN Video Library (1987-) - records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN videos since 1987.
Factiva - a current international news database produced by Dow Jones, Factiva combines over 32,000 sources from 200 countries, in 28 languages. Users have access to a wide range of information from newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more. It includes: national, international and regional newspapers (e.g., The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, El Pais, The Financial Times, The Guardian, etc.); magazines, journals and trade publications (e.g., Forbes, Newsweek , etc.); newswires (e.g., AFP, Reuters, Dow Jones, etc.); TV or radio podcasts (e.g., BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox , etc.); major news and business information websites, blogs and message boards; company reports; photo agencies (e.g., Reuters, Knight Ridder, etc.), and materials on the EUR-Lex website (the law of the European Union).
Newspapers (<-- link to "Periodicals: Journals, Newspapers & Magazines" in my American History LibGuide)
ProQuest Congressional - comprehensive access to U.S. legislative information. Includes: CIS Legislative Histories (public laws back to 1969), Congressional publications (1817- ), testimony from Congressional hearings (1824-), Congressional Record and Federal Register, U.S. Serial Set, 1789-1969, Serial Set Maps, 1789-1969, and more.
Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) - the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. This public collection includes items such as: U.S. policy and strategy documents related to homeland security (general U.S. policy documents, national strategies, Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, and key legislation), Congressional hearings and legislation, Congressional Research Service reports & issue briefs, GAO reports & testimony, theses & research reports from U.S. federal academic institutions, particularly the Naval Postgraduate School, and thousands of additional resources released by U.S. federal government agencies and organizations
RAND Documents - the RAND ("Research ANd Development") Corporation is an American nonprofit global policy think tank created in 1948 by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the U.S. government and private endowment, corporations, universities, and private individuals. This database indexes RAND documents and reports dating back to 1948, covering social and economic policy issues in the U.S. and overseas, international policy, and national security. Many are available full-text.
De-Classified Documents Reference System (DDRS) selected previously classified government documents ranging from the years immediately following World War II, when declassified documents were first made widely available, through the 1970s. Search by name, date, word, or phrase, or focus on document type, issue date, source institution, classification level, date declassified, sanitization, completeness, number of pages, and document number. Nearly every major foreign and domestic event of these years is covered: the Cold War, Vietnam, foreign policy shifts, the civil rights movement, and others.
National Security Archive Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the NSA at George Washington University combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.
Legislative Research - the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) suite of databases
CQ Researcher (1991 - ) - 44 reports per year. Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week, featuring comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue. A nice place to begin, to get a frame of reference to a topic and a starter bibliography on it.
CQ Voting and Elections Collection - organized into six categories: presidential elections, congressional elections, gubernatorial elections, campaigns and elections, political parties, and voters and demographics. Integrates data, authoritative analyses, concise explanations, and historical material to provide a research and reference tool on voting and elections in America.
CQ Almanac (1945 - ) - original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session. Arranged thematically.
CQ Weekly (1983 - ) - in-depth reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap up the previous week's news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes.
For additional assistance with access to U.S. government documents, see Tove Klovning, librarian for U.S. government documents and foreign/comparative/international law at the Law School.
The Web is wide and wild. The following news sources are ones your librarian reads. Results may vary: