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FYS "A Pirate's Life for Me": Pirates, Piracy, and Southwestern University: Start Here

Library resources for Professor Hower's FYS

Where to find articles

Database searches yield the best results for articles. They allow you to search just for articles, and even to limit your results to scholarly sources. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub

The databases listed here are particularly useful for this course.

Searching all library resources

Go to the library at to search the catalog [WorldCat@SU] and databases. Bookmark the site for future use. Also find the library in the Academic Life section of the SU app.

Create a list of words or concepts related to your topic and use them to search the catalog. Search results will include books, media, articles and more. To find just books, use the Search Tools to limit Format to Books. The Description in a book's record includes contents and subject headings. Click on a Subjects link to find other books on the topic. You can also Browse the Shelf for related titles. 

Try a couple of these subjects in WorldCat@SU to get started:

piracy historyhijacking of ships | women pirates | privateering | product counterfeiting

Books at SLC: click on the cover to find it in WorldCat@SU

Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism
Somalia, the New Barbary?: piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa
Under the Black Flag: the romance and the reality of life among the pirates
Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger
Pop Song Piracy: disobedient music distribution since 1929
Life under the Jolly Roger: reflections on golden age piracy
X Marks the Spot: the archaeology of piracy
The Politics of Piracy: intellectual property in contemporary China
The Pirates Laffite: the treacherous world of the corsairs of the Gulf
Wired Shut: copyright and the shape of digital culture
Piracy: the intellectual property wars from Gutenberg to Gates
The Invisible Hook: the hidden economics of pirates

Examples of primary sources

Primary sources are generally created by a participant in, or direct observer of, an event. In the field of history, formats can include books or articles published during a time under study, recorded or transcribed interviews, government documents, films, letters, diaries, photographs or works of art. They may be used in their original format or reproduced in print or electronically.

The case of the 'Creole' considered: in a second letter to the Right Hon. Lord Ashburton

GAO-10-856: United States Government Accountability Office 


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Avoid plagiarism: document your sources

Always cite your sources! Providing a citation credits sources you use, helps other readers locate a source, and is an important element of academic honesty. 

Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian style. The Manual has more detailed information and can be found in the Research Commons and on Reserve.