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Beyond WW1 and 2 for 20th c. Research Topics

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Presentation for Global Studies 10 class intended to broaden scope of ideas for topic selection and to model how to find primary and print sources in library and online.

Presentation for Global Studies 10 class intended to broaden scope of ideas for topic selection and to model how to find primary and print sources in library and online.

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  • 1. 20th c. Topics – Beyond WWI & II
    Finding Primary & Print Sources
    MW Library
    Fall 2009
  • 2.
  • 3. Finding primary & print sources
    MW Library catalog – use broad terms
    From site like The National Archives (of the UK) or Wikipedia article, find potential source(s)
    Cross-search titles/authors in Google/Bookand use Find in Library link if no digitized copy is available
    Find reference articles from books in the World History RC and the Virtual Reference Library (or the Books tab of PowerSearch results)
    Find scholarly articles in Gale PowerSearch, Project MUSE, and JSTOR (incl. articles from the early 1900’s).
  • 4.
  • 5. Finding primary & print sources
    MW Library catalog – use broad terms
    Scan Wikipedia and Britannica articles for potential search terms and subtopics
    Don’t forget the Internet Archive for film footage
    Cross-search titles/authors in Google/Book and use Find in Library link if no digitized copy is available
    Find reference articles in the World History RC and the Virtual Reference Library (or the Books tab of PowerSearch results), and Biography RC
    Find scholarly articles in Gale PowerSearch, Project MUSE, and JSTOR (incl. articles from mid-1900’s)
  • 6.
  • 7. Finding primary & print sources
    MW Library catalog – use broad terms
    Use WorldCat, Amazon, or Google to find available poetry anthologies
    Cross-search titles/authors in Google Book and use Find in Library link
    Search for literary reference articles, criticism, and poems in the Literary Reference Center.
    Find scholarly articles and reference articles in previously highlighted databases
  • 8. Tips for the time traveler
    Avoid the “too new” (e.g. Sierra Leone or Rwanda instead of the Darfur region of Sudan)
    Prepare by doing preliminary reading – potential search words, subtopics, available sources, etc.
    Refine scope (e.g. banana trade in Central America vs. role of United Fruit Co. in Guatemalan politics)
    Budget time at school for @ school only resources like Project MUSE
    Critically evaluate sources
    Keep track of sources with Noodle Tools
    Regularly reflect on progress
  • 9. Top three tips
    Select a topic you care about
    Start soon
    Use found sources to find more sources