Let the Search Begin

I discovered how much information is available online during this exercise. After an exhausting forty-five minutes of my eyes glued to the screen of my Macbook, I was able to untangle the web that these spiders make while searching for this information.

 1) An op-ed on a labor dispute involving public school teachers from before 1970

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/20342655?searchUrl=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dlabor%2Bdisputes%2B%252B%2B1960%2527s%2B%252B%2Bpublic%2Bschool%2Bteachers%26gw%3Djtx%26prq%3D1970%2B%252B%2Bop-ed%2B%252Bteacher%2B%252B%2Barticles%252B%2Bpublic%2Bschool%26Search%3DSearch%26hp%3D100%26so%3Dold%26wc%3Don&Search=yes&uid=3739936&uid=2129&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101038672803

This article highlights the voting and decisions based on New York City school teachers negotiations with employers regarding working conditions in the 1960’s. I started my search on JSTOR, which I had never used before. I typed in key words using the + sign to indicate that I needed a long description of words. I typed in “1960’s,” “op-ed,” “teacher,” and “labor dispute” and scanned by year and title. When I saw New York City + public schools I scanned the article and thought it applied.

  • This process was relatively fast.

 2) The first documented use of solar power in the United States

  • I started my search using google and typing in “ Solar Energy” and “US Department of Energy.” I figured The US Dept. of Energy would be the best source to find an archived document of solar energy.
  • I could not find anything on google so I then proceeded to use jstor.
  • Information from the 1980’s was prominent in each search so I went down the page and found this source from Jstor: Eisenhower’s Solar Energy Policy outline which stated that talks of solar energy actually began in the 1950’s.
  • http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3376913?searchUrl=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3DUS%2Bdepartment%2Bof%2Benergy%2B%252B%2Bfirst%2Bdocument%2Bof%2Bsolar%2Benergy%26acc%3Doff%26wc%3Don&Search=yes&uid=3739936&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101040282243

3) The best resource for the history of California ballot initiatives, including voting data

While using google scholar, I typed in “California” + “ballot initiatives” and hoped for the best. I remembered that this past summer, when asked to find statistics for certain states, I found the best resource to be the state’s actual government site that highlights all of their laws and voting history.  Easily enough, after I searched what I had orginially asked google for, I was sent to this link, http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/init_history.pdf.

  • I’m not sure if this is the exact document that is needed for voting data in CA, but it gave a detailed summary of the history of initiatives in the state.

 

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