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Northwestern Academy: Learn About Chicago

Starting Your Research

When starting research on any topic, it's crucial to get in the habit of questioning the sources that you find. Of each source, ask:

  • Who wrote this source?
  • Who is the audience for this source?
  • What is the purpose of this source? (To inform, entertain, or educate?)

Schaffner Library in Wieboldt Hall

As a Northwestern Academy student, you will have access to e-books, news, reference, and scholarly journal articles that we have in the library's collections that are available electronically through the NUSearch, the library's search engine. Log in with your NU Net ID and password to get access from home.

Michelle Guittar

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Michelle Guittar
Main Library
Northwestern University
1970 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL 60208

Tracy Coyne

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Tracy Coyne
339 E. Chicago Ave., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Office phone (312) 503-6617


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Li (Qunying) Li
(847) 491-3953
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208
2 East, 2626

Information on Chicago

The information sources on this page are generally considered to be primary sources, in that they provide first-hand accounts, data, or evidence of different phenomenon, events, people, and ideas within the city of Chicago. These sources are awaiting your scholarly analysis!

Chicago News

Local newspapers are a great place to learn about stories that might exhibit courage, conflict, families, the power of communities, or movements. NUL provides access to the following newspapers with your NU NetID and password.

Below are freely available Chicago news outlets that also feature stories of local interest. 

Find more information about Chicago's neighborhoods

Data can provide quantitative information about Chicago's neighborhoods and their resources (or lack thereof). You can use data to inform an argument, add statistics to make a story more credible, or to backup your own personal experience.