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Researching Hunger in Richmond

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ESL Learning Community

Classes: SDV-100 - Laurie Weinberg / ESL  18 -  Marti Watkin

Scope  ll  Finding Books  ll  Finding Articles  ll  Research Databases  ll  Online Search Techniques

Types of Resources ll Journals vs. Magazines  ll  Internet vs. Library Databases

Evaluating Resources  ll Citing Sources ll Plagiarism  ll  Off-campus Access

RALC - Borrowing from Academic Libraries in Area  ll  Interlibrary Loan Form  ll Need More Help? 

Scope: Covers the topic of hunger on the local (Richmond), state (Virginia), and national (U.S.) levels.

Finding Print Books:

To look for books available at JSRCC Libraries, you can search the VCCSLinc Library catalogHunger United States; Hunger Government Policy United StatesHunger Social Aspects; Food; Food Banks United States; Food Relief; Food Stamps United States; Food Supply; Food Supply Government Policy


Sample Subject Keywords to search in catalog: Hunger


Selected Books available at JSRCC:

Finding Online Books:



Provides access to over 10,000 online full-text books in a wide variety of subject areas including American history. To access off-campus, you will first need to create a NetLibrary account on a campus computer.  From the NetLibrary home page, click on Create a Free Account in the upper right hand corner of the screen. 

  • Click here for instructions on creating a NetLibrary account and getting started.

  • Click here for additional NetLibrary help.


Finding Overviews to Understand the Basics on Hunger as a Social Issue:


CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues.  Each report is written by a

seasoned journalist based on a common structure. Users may browse through articles by topics in alphabetical order, or search for articles using words, dates, or other criteria.

URL: http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?cqpress


Search Example:

  • In the search box, type in your term: hunger.


Finding Online Articles:


Academic Search Complete

Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals and a total of more than 10,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for nearly 1,000 journals (EBSCOhost)

URL: http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?ebscoa9h


Search Tips:

  • Try an Advanced Search.
  • Use the asterisk (*) as the truncation symbol to pick up all forms of a root word (e.g., teen* will find teen, teens, teenage, teenager, teenagers)

  • Exclude book reviews by selecting NOT from the boolean operator drop down menu.

  • Checkmark the Full Text box under the Limit your results section to limit your results to full text articles.


Search Example: hunger AND relief NOT book reviews

Finding Viewpoints and Debates on Hunger:


Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Provides a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.  You will get a balanced analysis and sidebars including key events, statistics, related articles and overviews.

URL: http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?galeovrc


Search Example:

  • Type in hunger in the Basic Search box. 
  • You can limit your search to academic journals, magazines, news, reference books, viewpoints articles, statistics, and more.  

Finding Local Newspaper Articles on Hunger in Richmond



Offers full text news articles from U.S. and world newspapers. To search for local articles in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

  • In the Free Text  search box, enter the term hunger.

  • Limit by date,

  • Select Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch by clicking on: +Source, then typing in Richmond Times Dispatch in the search box. Next, click on the purple arrow. Then select the second entry in the Source Results.

  • Click on Search.

URL: http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?factiva

If you have the citation of an article, how to obtain the full text?

Selected Web Sites:








Other Selected Agencies:


Citing Sources:

To learn how to compile your Works Cited list in MLA, please check:


Need more help?

Visit the reference desks at JSRCC Libraries orAsk a librarian@JSRCC


Created on 10/30/08.  Last updated on 11/10/08.


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