Guides & Tutorials: Special Topics
Special Topics Guides
Looking for reliable information and research related to marijuana? This guide provides resources on a variety of cannabis/marijuana related topics such as policy, the war on drugs, health and psychology research, and the marijuana industry.
Image: Brian Shamblen; Cannabis Flower from Flickr Creative Commons
This guide is intended to provide explanatory information about copyright, and guidance in determining if the use you would like to make of copyrighted material is allowed by law or can be considered via exemptions in the law.
Culturally Responsive Teaching
This guide is meant to help faculty at PSU find information and resources that will help them begin to create courses and curriculum that are more culturally responsive to and inclusive of our students. This guide is a response to the Curriculum Committees' new requirements in regards to culturally responsive courses and programs.
Discovery of Scholarly Open Access Content
Scholarly Open Access Content proliferated in the past two decades of the 21st Century. This guide helps to discover and highlight scholarly open access content that faculty, students, and community members can use and reference.
Elections & Politics
Elections are the benchmark of the democratic political process. This guide is a good starting place for any research needs on elections in the US and beyond. It includes various web and print resources in presidential, federal, state, local and world elections.
Image: Taft's Summer Schedule. Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, compiled 1896 - 1949. National Archives.
Identify & Challenge Disinformation (Fake News)
This guide provides resources and information regarding both local and national trends, issues, and debates in homelessness research.
It is a collaboration between the PSU Library and the Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative.
Immigration is a multidisciplinary topic, involving areas as diverse as political science, education, business, and even language and literature. This guide will help you begin your research regarding immigration through the libraries' collections and beyond.
"Jamaica airport immigration, 1971" by rickpilot_2000 is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Invasion of Ukraine
This guide provides links to books and other sources providing background research on the invasion of Ukraine by the Federation of Russia, which began on February 25th, 2022. It also links to up to date news sources regarding the rapidly evolving situation.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. This guide points to OER portals and search engines for discovering open textbooks, course modules, and media.
Race, Technology, and Justice Guide
The intersection of Race, Technology, and Social Justice has become an increasingly important and critical area of study and discussion. This guide provides access points to critical literature, policy, and other resources that illuminate these themes. In this guide you will find interdisciplinary voices that all critically engage with the problems we all create and encounter when we assume that technology is neutral.