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13Th Official Trailer

Why the Library?


This library guide will help you with your research project after watching the Documentary "13TH" by Ava DuVernay. While watching this documentary, think of questions on content you might not understand, what you have found to be incredible, and/or what you want to learn more about.  

Here is a list of important topics to understand and research:

-The prison industrial complex
- Racism in the legal system
- "The New Jim Crow"
- The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
- Corporations (which?) that profit from Incarceration
-  Prison Abolition and other solutions to Incarceration injustice
- How prisons are funded
- How private prisons work
- Immigrant detention centers (conditions, profits to corporations, human rights issues)
- Trump's plans and their effect on incarceration/"detention"
- Prison camps/fire camps/ labor camps?
- Education prison pipeline / connections between education inequity and incarceration

Why the library?

When you search Google or other free search engines, you are only searching a small fraction of all of the information in existence.  There is much of the web that these search engines just cannot access.  Unlike these search engines, the library, through its online and physical collections, provides access to costly published materials, like books and articles that Google cannot provide access to, due to copyright restrictions. Published materials have gone through the expense and editing of the publishing process, which lends them a higher credibility (and expense). The college library specializes in providing you with free & efficient access to the expensive scholarly information that you need to use for academic research projects.

Click here to view an infographic on The Deep Web.

Examples of resources you might use for a research project:

  • Articles - find using library catalog and periodical databases
  • Books - find using the library catalog and eBook database
  • Reference - Find using library ereference databases and library catalog
  • Videos - Find using library catalog and video databases
  • Credible websites - Find using Google


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