Developing Your Topic • What interests you? • Social, political, economics • Sports • Industrialization • President/First Lady • War • Great Depression • Investigate a broad area • Narrow into a specific topic
Examples • Sports – Title IX, rise of African-Americans in sports, Black Sox scandal • Industrialization – daily life of a factory worker, changes to working laws • President/First Lady – influence of Jane Adams, TR’s military experience • War – American intervention in Vietnam, women on the front lines • Great Depression – success/failure of a New deal organization, agriculture v. industry
Beginning Your Research • For books – OPAC • 973 = US History • 940.3 = WWI • 940.53/4 = WWII • 921 = Biographies • 951.0 = Korean War • 959.7 = Vietnam War • 305.42 = Women’s rights • 323/324 = Civil Rights Movement • 796 = Sports • 781 = Rock ‘n’ Roll
Databases • Curriculum Connections page • History • Gale – World History • Ebsco – History Reference Center • Current Events • Gale – Opposing Viewpoints • Issues and Controversies
Online Sources to Start • U.S. History from Shmoop - http://www.shmoop.com/history/ • Early American History - http://www.ushistory.org/ • Periods in US History - http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ushistoryperiods.htm • United States History - http://www.historesearch.com/ushist.html • America’s Story - http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/index.php
Finding Specific Resources • Google Effectively • Keyword search ladder • Use advanced search options
Now that you have sources… WRITE DOWN THE BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFO NOW!!! Books Author Last, First Name. Book Title. Place: Publisher, Year. Print. Database Journal Article Author Last, First. “Title of Article.” Name of Journal volume (year published) : page numbers if available. Title of Database. Web. Retrieved day month year. Website Creator last, first. “Title of Page.” Title of Site. Name of Institution or organization associated with the site, date created. Web. Retrieved day month year.
Your Proposal Topic: Revolutionary War Area of Focus: Role of women during the Revolutionary War Resources: The American revolutionaries: a history in their own words, 1750-1800. NY: Crowell, 1987. Frantz, John B and William Pencak. Beyond Philadelphia: The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998. Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic, Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. NY: W.W. Norton & Co, 1980. Research Questions: • How did women’s social and legal status affect their participation in the Revolutionary War? • How did the participation of women in the revolution vary by geographic location? • What factors led to the involvement of women in the Revolutionary War?
EARLY WARNING PLAGIARISM IS BAD!!! Very, very bad. • Take good notes • Write down all your sources and what info you take from each • DO NOT copy/paste from the internet
READ your sources… … and actually take notes (remember to write down page numbers from articles or books) • Direct quotes • Exact words for emphasis • Paraphrase • like a translation • Summary • Main ideas and main points