Tips for Researching and Designing a
[Librarians’ secrets to happiness]
Show us the BIG picture first
Your first slide might explain the historical context.
What were Hoovervilles? What was happening at the time
that caused them to exist?
What circumstances in history made Dixy Lee Ray special?
“The New Forest.” Some rights reserved by @Doug88888
ZOOM IN to explain the specific event
Where were the Hoovervilles in Seattle located?
How many people lived there?
Can you find a specific story of one person or family that
illustrates what it was like to live in the Seattle Hooverville?
“Tree in the Fog
(Explored) CC BY-NC-
Skip over the less-significant details
Is it really important to tell us that Hoover’s dog’s name was Raymond?
“Ladybug Ladybug III” Terry Bain
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
(and remember to cite them)
. . . and be sure to cite them.
Homeless man sitting in front of Hooverville shack, October 27, 1931.
Use a variety of sources
Books (print AND electronic)
Encyclopedias (print AND electronic)
The web (use librarian tips)
Periodical databases (like ProQuest)