Bowdoin research librarian Barbara Levergood has responded to the quickly developing news of the day by putting together an online guide of primary and secondary sources that relate to current events in government.
“Imagine that you were interested in the public discussion about immigration taking place right now,” she said, and would like to read the actual documents being discussed. Yet, finding primary sources is not always easy.
Levergood said the sources she has compiled—from new bills introduced in Congress to Supreme Court briefs—can help students conduct research or answer questions they have. Perhaps, she said, curious people may want to know what exactly were the provisions in President Trump’s executive order, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” or learn more about immigration policy during the latter part of the Obama administration.
“All of these questions can be answered by reading the primary sources yourself,” she said, adding that anyone—students, staff, or other library users—who need assistance should feel free to contact her.