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Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.


Topics & Questions

Periods 1, 2, 3, and 6

Racism: How has American society and its criminal justice system reinstated Jim Crow laws?

Gender Roles: To what degree have expectations for women changed over the past 100 years?

Poverty/The Great Depression: To what extent are the attitudes of people in power responsible for stereotyping the poor? (gentrification)

Mental Health:  How have awareness and mental health resources improved the lifestyle of mental ill American over the past 100 years?

Social Class:  Why can one community have different social classes? (for example: by skin color, language, or education)



    Period 5

    War and its impact on society and the individual (war mentality):


    *Gender Roles


      Tertiary Sources

      Tertiary sources provide an overview and summary of a topic (encyclopedia, textbook, dictionary, and fact books are examples of tertiary sources).

      Encyclopedia Britannica

      ProQuest Subscription Databases

      • SIRS Discoverer
        Remember to:
        *Use the text to speech feature (listen with headphones, please)
        *Email useful sources to yourself
        *Identify relevant information to include on your note-taking sheet

      Free Online Resources

      Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

      • Who is providing the information?
      • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
      • What is the purpose of the site?
      • When was the site last updated?
      • What is the possible bias?

        Search Strategies

        • Locate and search appropriate resources
        • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
        • Think of synonyms
        • Use Boolean searching
        • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases

          Record Bibliographic Information

          Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

          • Author/creator
          • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
          • Page number
          • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
          • Publication date
          • Name of subscription database (if used)
          • Format (web, print)
          • Date of access (if found online)

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