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Research

As indicated on the rubric, part of your grade will be based on the quality of your research.  Simply googling your assigned individual/group/event does not ensure quality research.  In fact, often this research is inaccurate or not credible.  Instead of just using Google, or a similar search engine, use the following guidelines to complete your research:

1) Rely mainly on online databases.

  • Databases are peer-reviewed.  This means that a professor, teacher, librarian, or expert on the subject has determined that the information is in fact true. 
  • Databases have "name credibility" - that is, the journals or periodicals that you will find on these databases will be recognized by your teachers.

2) Be careful when using websites.

  • Do not use blogs, tweets, or posting on any social media network.  These are not reliable sources.
  • If you cannot find key information (author's name, organization, publisher) then you should not use the website.
  • Look at the domain name at the end of each website;  ".edu" means "education", ".org" means "organization", ".gov" means "government", and "com" means company.  Note that organizations and companies may be trying to sell you a product or idea; be careful that the website is not biased.
  • Try websites like PBS, History Channel, British Broadcasting Company, and TIME for relevant information. 

3) Use primary sources. 

  • Primary sources are first-hand testimonies.  Autobiographies, letters, and interviews are examples of primary sources. 
  • Books and speeches written by your assigned individual or group are essential for your research.  It is expected that if your person or individual or known for writing a book, article, or speech, it will be cited in your paper.
  • Laws and Supreme Court rulings are also essential primary resources.  You may want to cite these sources in your paper.  Always refer to Supreme Court cases in italics.

Resources & Documents

Database: EBSCO  (Username = fremont, Password = ebsco)

Database: JSTOR  (Must set up unique Username & Password)

Database: GALE   (Password = pioneers)

Library Database Page

Easybib