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Image Jane Addams

[Miss Jane Addams holding a women [sic] garment, sitting between a loom and a spinning wheel in a room].  1927

DN-0084134, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.

Library of Congress. (accessed June 20, 2012). 

Full-length portrait of Miss Jane Adams, pacifist, reformer, and founder of the Hull House settlement house, holding a woven garment, sitting next to a spinning wheel and weaving machine in a room in Chicago, Illinois. A sign in the background reads: Hull House, 800 South Halsted Street. A sign in the background on the left side of the image reads: Women in Research.

Some tips for finding government documents...

Step by step to Gov Doc success

1. Check the library catalog from the library homepage:

2. Find Articles in Lexis-Nexis, Academic Search Premier (ASP), ERIC, Military & Government

     Collection, Newspaper Source, etc.; another good source for ideas

       about laws to research is Congressional Digest in ASP—it may help

        with legislative history or finding popular names for laws to research

         in secondary sources.

3. To search databases—check the library’s FindArticles page:


4. Look for popular names of laws in databases, as well as background info. You also will need the

    Public Law (P.L.) number, relevant year,  which Congress enacted it, etc.

5. Go to FDsys: (  to look for history (Advanced Search;

    drop-down menu: History of Bills). You will see how this works at the Notre Dame class session.

6. Try other Gov Docs sources that may be of use:




7. Try the ND library pages:

     (for some databases, you may have to go over to ND--for instance, Proquest Congressional is the

      easiest source to find the info. you need. It's available at Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library. Other

       resources (like FDSys) are freely available

       from the government, so you can search them anywhere, though this will be introduced in the ND

       class session, to help you use it.)


Some Social Work courses...

Intro to Social Work (Critical Thinking Seminar) (SW 202)

Social Welfare Policy and Service (SW334)

Research Methods (SW 430)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SW 235)


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