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Welcome to the Simmons Library guide to local news sources in Boston. Use the links in the table of contents or the tabs at the top of the page to locate resources about the city of Boston as well as newspapers and magazines and television and radio stations. If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide, don't hesitate to contact the author of this guide or Ask a Librarian.
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"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." They "conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research...to generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making."
Background sources--like dictionaries and subject encyclopedias--provide contextual information and answer straight-forward questions. They include definitions, statistics and other details. You can use this type of source to help narrow your research topic, find data to support your thesis and identify keywords and main ideas to use as search terms.
Books are a great source of in-depth information on a topic. Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic. You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.