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Research Fundamentals: John Edgar Wideman - Our Time

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

    Essay Options

From Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Readers:

 "Wideman says that his mother had a remarkable capacity for "[trying] on the other person's point of view." Wideman tries on another point of view himself, speaking to us in the voice of his brother Robby. As you reread this selection, note the passages spoken in Robby's voice and try to infer Robby's point of view from them.

If you look at the differences between John and Robby as evidenced by the ways they use language to understand and represent the world, what do you notice?"

DMC Studio

Want to create a multimedia presentation as part of your assignment?

The Digital Media Commons houses the DMC Studio which provides services, technologies, and support for recording, digitizing, and editing audio, video, and image resources to create presentations.

  Biographical Materials

Our Time


Thomas J. O'Halloran.
School integration, Barnard School, Washington, D.C., 1955.
Gelatin silver print.
U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection,
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (202)

Subject Guides

The Library offers a number of discipline-based Subject Guides to help you locate resources.  Which Guides might assist you?

Some possibilities include:

African American Studies

Criminal Justice

English and American Literature


Searching for books and articles



  Take a Break

In the essay, John Edgar Wideman describes his neighborhood, Homewood, a community of Pittsburgh. He also wrote about it in the Homewood  books.

Find out about local neighborhoods in Boston: A City of Neighborhoods.


Learn more about the concepts of race and identity and their effect on the interpretation of events in "Our Time."

Suggested sources include

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science

African American Studies Research Guide

"It all started with Gar dying." Was Robby right about what had happened?
Read the Newsweek article and check the U.S. government webpage for research on National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities.


  Primary Sources

Review question:  What is a Primary Source?

The African American Odyssey collection at the Library of Congress contains primary source materials such as rare books, manuscripts, government documents, maps, photographs, musical scores and recordings.


Review question:  What is a scholarly article?

Try the Library's Discovery service for a Google-style approach to searching. 

Not sure where else to look?  Look for selected article search tools in Research Guides by Subject