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GOALS FOR TODAY
Review MLA citation style
Review identifying keywords, using search
connectors, creating a search statement
Choosing the right databases for your
Searching the databases
UN Convention on Genocide
The crime of genocide is defined in international law in the Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.
"Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts
committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial
or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its
physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
The Genocide Convention was adopted by the United Nations General
Assembly on 9 December 1948. The Convention entered into force on 12
January 1951. More than 130 nations have ratified the Genocide Convention
and over 70 nations have made provisions for the punishment of genocide in
domestic criminal law. The text of Article II of the Genocide Convention was
included as a crime in Article 6 of the 1998 Rome Statute of the International
For the Bosnian or Armenian genocide write a
persuasive essay to support or refute that the
genocide is truly a genocide as stated by the UN
Resolution 260A III Article 2.
Cite your sources according to the MLA.
Include an MLA Works Cited page listing all
references used in the essay.
The paper should be no longer than ten pages,
double-spaced and with a font size of 10. Follow the
SCC Writing Style Sheet.
Use the Citation Help link from the
Use resources available from the SCC
Embedded citation generators in SCC
MLA CITATION REVIEW
The following are examples of student responses when I asked for an MLA
Style Citation last semester. What’s right and what’s wrong?
Bernstein, Andrew. "Lessons of the Armenian Genocide." The Objective Standard, Summer 2015, p. 48+.
11 Sept. 2018.
Jacobs, Steven Leonard. “DENIAL OF THE BOSNIAN GENOCIDE.” Modern
Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences, 10 Sept. 2018,
Mamali, Cătălin. "Accuracy of Basic Knowledge of Traumatic Historical Events: The Armenian Genocide."
Journal of Loss & Trauma, vol. 22, no. 2, Feb/Mar2017, pp. 99-109. EBSCOhost,
Mikaberidze, Alexander. "Srebrenica Massacre." Modern Genocide:
Understanding Causes and Consequences, ABC-CLIO, 2018,
moderngenocide2.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/1692139. Accessed 10
USING CITATION GENERATORS
What are the big concepts behind your thesis?
Keywords are significant words which can be
used as search terms in search engines, online
catalogs or databases.
Brainstorm synonyms for your keywords.
What subjects/keywords might
you use in the research for your
Gale Power Search database
provides graphical keyword help
with its Topic Finder
ENG102 Genocide Research Guide
Who is the author or sponsoring organization?
What is the author’s background?
Are there credentials Listed?
Is there any additional information like their education or work
Is there contact information?
What is the purpose? Inform? Entertain? Persuade?
Who is the intended audience? General public? Scholars?
What kind of information is it? Fact? Opinion?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Where does the author get their information? Are there
footnotes or a list of references?
Is the information supported by evidence?
How reliable and error free is the information?
What type of webpage is it? Personal? Government?
Education? Look at the domain.
When was the webpage posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current sources or will older
sources work as well?
Are the links active?
Samples of student source evaluations:
How would you rank them against the ABCs and
1. With the exception of the weebly article, all documents are from the .abio database of
modern genocide. The weebly article's information is confirmed through other sources. The
YouTube video has pertinent information placing the Armenian genocide in the larger
context of the first world war.
2. They were top searches.
3. They are reliable sources because the librarian of SCC provided it for us.
4. All of these links are provided through valid and scholarly databases. Each link leads to a
database or source of media with validated sources and first-hand accounts of either the
topic, or the medium as to which it was delivered. Each article and media based on the
topic of the Armenian Genocide was provided by either a professor or valid professional in
the field of Armenian or world history.
5. They provide a large amount of information that we could see in the small amount of time
Creating an online magazine on
the Bosnian and Armenian
Genocides in Flipboard
You are my editorial team.
Use the online form in the
ENG 102-Liffiton research
Answer the questions for your
I’ll use your answers to create
and publish a Flipboard