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Information Sources

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!

Examine Information Sources

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

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.

PressReader provides recent issues of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times along with other national and international newspapers and news magazines.  You can see them as they appear on their websites and in print.  Expand the CATALOG display to find specific publication.

 

Freely available Chicago news outlets. 

Additional Information about Chicago's neighborhoods

Data can provide quantitative information about Chicago's neighborhoods and their resources or lack thereof. Data can also be used to inform an argument, add statistics to make a story more credible, or to backup personal experience.