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English 2700/Anthropology 2150: Introduction to Folklore Field Research: Home

Local Resources

Researching local groups, sites, events, or practices can be difficult because they may not be documented in national-level publications or reference sources. You'll need to consult local archives or publications that may not be indexed in the major databases. Here are some clues to follow:

  1. Contact the group or person you're researching. See if they have an archive of memorabilia, diaries, reports, or can suggest people you can interview.
  2. Check local publications, like the Savitar, The Missouri Alumnus or local newspapers. If the newspaper does not have an online archive, contact them to see if they maintain a paper clippings file or index to back issues.
    Columbia Daily Tribune
    The Columbia Missourian
    Newsbank provides access to several Missouri newspapers.
    LexisNexis Academic has a section of college newspapers.
    Internet Public Library lists newspapers geographically.
  3. Consult local archives. The University Archives collects materials from official University organizations, but has only a little on student groups.
  4. Consult local historical societies and public libraries
    Boone County Historical Society
    Missouri Digital Heritage
    Daniel Boone Regional Library community page.

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