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Research Guide: English 101 - Finding Political Cartoons & Editorials
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your Web ID (ex: absmith), and the password is your portal password.
- Gale Power Search (previously Gale Database Articles or Gale Full Database List)
- Click "advanced search."
- Next to "By Document Type" select either "Cartoon" or "Editorial."
- Set date to "After" Jan 1, 2008 (or whatever date your instructor told you).
- Enter a search word, such as Iraq, Obama, Economy, etc.
- NOTE: if searching for cartoons, look for the 'camera' icon on the right to see which cartoons actually have the image.
- Notice the different results links on the left on the search result page: Magazines, Academic Journals, etc. (each link is a different set of results)
- Note which database you article comes from - look for "From ______" on the search page (ex - From General One File)
- Issues & Controversies
- Under "Special Features," click "Editorial Cartoons & Questions."
- Browse by topic -- some topics have more than one cartoon, make sure you only pick one!
- Be sure to check the date hand-written on each cartoon!
- Use citation information at bottom.
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Almost every newspaper and many magazines have political cartoons & editorials; try going to your favorite newspapers website and checking their "Opinion" or "Editorial" section.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal: Opinion Section: Browse or click "Editorials" or "Robert Ariail's Cartoons," http://www.goupstate.com/section/opinion
The New York Times: Opinion Section: Browse or click "Editorials," http://www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/index.html.
MLA Citation - Cartoon from Newspaper Website (Example)
Birmingham, Chi. "Will Copyright Stifle Hollywood." Cartoon. The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 4 Oct. 2011. Web. 5 Oct. 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/opinion/keep-works-in-the-public-domain-public.html?_r=1&ref=opinion>.
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