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Augie Reads 2023: Just Mercy

Research the Book

Note to first-year students: The resources listed in this section of the Augie Reads guide are primarily subscription databases provided by Tredway Library. You will be able to access them both on and off campus this fall. However, they are not necessary for your summer reading.

At some point during fall semester, your instructor for FYI 101 or FYH 101 may ask you to conduct some research on Stevenson's book, Just Mercy, using Tredway Library's resources. What kinds of topics might you investigate?

Click on the tabs to the left to find electronic resources and databases you can use to investigate any of the following:

  • Definitions and background. You may not know much about the criminal justice system in the United States. To better understand Stevenson's memoir and his legal work, you might like to learn more about his nonprofit, the Equal Justice Initiative. Explore this section to better understand the systems and structures in which Stevenson works.
  • Book reviews. Read reviews published in newspapers and magazines when the book was came out 2014 to learn what critics thought about its merits. What praise and criticism did they offer, and why?
  • Primary sources about the American criminal justice system. Primary sources are written at the time an event occurs, often by those with direct knowledge of the event.
  • In-depth articles and studies. You may identify one or more topics related to the book that you want to pursue in more depth, possibly by reading articles written by experts in various related subject areas. These topics include:
    • Criminal justice in the United States
    • Historical research into the American prison system
    • Racism in the United States
    • Responses to personal and historical trauma
    • Other topics?