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This guide is created to assist Honors students with their first-year seminar, City One, along with other Honors requirements

The Honors College


Contact Information

By telephone: (313) 577-3030
By fax: (313) 577-6425
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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.

Clayton Hayes
Subject Specialist Librarian for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College

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

Paper #1: Who Are We?
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 help you find scholarly articles. Databases for historical newspapers are included here and can contain articles or visuals to serve as primary sources.

Paper #2: Where Are We Going?
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, Where Are We Going?

Paper #3: What Should We Do?
Use these resources to locate information about a current issue in Detroit and answer the question, What Should We Do?

Getting to Know the Library

Citation Management Tools

Use a citation management tool to keep track of your sources and to help you format your bibliography. Online training and resources are available for EndNote, EndNote Web, RefWorks, and Zotero.

Need Help? Ask the Honors Librarian

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Clayton Hayes
Room 134, Purdy/Kresge Library

Honors Librarian Office Hours

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Use the button below to schedule an appointment during the Honors librarian's office hours: