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This guide is created to assist Honors students with their first-year seminar, City One
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Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Wayne State University
2100 Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


About the Department

Honors provides a community of scholars within a large urban research university.

It is the mission of Honors to promote informed, engaged citizenship as the foundation for academic excellence in a diverse global setting.




    Welcome to the guide for Honors!

    I hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research for the Honors 1000: City One seminar. I have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in Honors.

    I am available by appointment to assist students and faculty with research related to Honors. You may also contact me to schedule research workshops for classes or to suggest items for purchase.

    Judith Arnold

    Librarian Liaison for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College


    The guide consists of several pages (tabs) detailing our resources in these areas:

    • Paper #1: Who Are We?
      The resources on this page are focused on information on Detroit and its history to help you research your Detroit site and answer the question, Who Are We? and  your Detroit site.
    • Paper #2: Where Are We Going?
      Resources on this page can help locate background information on ethnic groups, provide historical context, and information on urban history and culture to help write about your character. The databases recommended on this page will also help you find scholarly articles for paper 2 and 3. Databases for historical newspapers are included here and can contain articles or visuals to serve as primary sources.
    • Internet Resources
      Links to digital collections that can contain images for primary resources, such as the Virtual Motor City, or the American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress. Also links to internet resources helpful for researching Detroit history.

    Images of Detroit


    Detroit News


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    Liaison Librarian

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    Contact Info
    134 Purdy-Kresge Library
    Wayne State University Libraries (
    Detroit, MI 48202
    Phone: 313.577.8368
    FAX: 313.577.3436
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    Research Help Fall 2014

    If you cannot make those dates, individual appointments with the Honors librarian are available by emailing ( or calling for an appointment (313-577-8368).

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    Reference Desks

    Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
    Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
    Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
    Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094


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