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Database: Britannica Image Quest

Database: CQ Researcher

Database:Gale World History in Context

Database: Global Issues in Context

Database: JSTOR

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Books in McCulloch

Search the Library Catalog

Do Your Presearch

Often you will need to gather some background information on your topic before you decide on a narrower focus.  Ask yourself:
  • What do I already know?
  • What do I need to find out?
  • What information would help me answer my questions?
Initially, you may want to read some general resources to gain a better understanding of your topic.  Then, you can narrow your search by asking yourself:
  • What keywords can I use to search?
  • What synonyms, broader or narrower terms, or related ideas could I use?
  • Will proper names (people or places) focus my search?

Ebook: Nations and Nationalism

This is the place to start to get a good overview, along with images, of your nation and its move to independence.

Analyzing images

Since your assignment requires you to select images for your Photostory you need to be mindful that you are choosing images that are complex enough and "say" something. This guide from the OWL at Purdue will help you to select and analyze the most useful images.

The Purdue OWL: Visual Rhetoric Analyzing Visual Documents

Exit Pass

Before "graduating" out of the first day of research by the end of class on Tuesday you must go to and enter:

1. Your name

2. three keywords

3. One source: the url and name of website OR the name of article and database that you will use.