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0-25% REFERENCE

A REFERENCE could be a print encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary or thesaurus, or a digital source like a database. Here you will learn the basics of your topic, fast facts and vocabulary words that you can use later as search terms.

  • Compton's Encyclopedia
    The middle school version of the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
  • World Book Advanced  Icon
    World Book Encyclopedia, plus research tools, primary source documents, and a large collection of ebooks (mostly classic literature, social theory, and philosophy).
 

25-50% BOOK

A BOOK could be a print book, an e-book, a digital textbook, or an audio book. A BOOK in any form is usually more specific than a REFERENCE source. Here you will add details to the basic information you have already learned and begin to connect your basic facts together. You can use the library catalog to look up title, publisher and author information that you may need to fill in your notes. Here are some of the circulating books we have in the library about Jospeh McCarthy and McCarthyism.

B McC Joseph McCarthy and the Cold War (3 copies)

B McC The Rise and Fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy (2 copies)

973 J Making of America/ p. 164

973.921 Fit McCarthyism: the Red Scare (3 copies)

Digital Tools

These tools will help you create your project.

  • NoodleTools
    A great way to quickly create your bibliography or works cited list!

75-100% APPROVED WEBSITES: Blacks, the Fight for Equality and Communism

These websites have been looked over and approved by your teachers. These are good starting places for you to visit when you begin searching the Internet.

 

The Research Process

Remember, when you are conducting research, the two most important questions to ask are:

WHAT'S MY QUESTION?  HOW MUCH DO I KNOW?

Depending on your question and how much you know about your topic will determine which resource is the best one for you to use.

If you know 0-25% of your topic, choose a REFERENCE source.

If you know 25-50% of your topic, choose a BOOK.

If you know 50-75% of your topic, choose a DATABASE from the approved list on this page.

If you know 75-100% of your topic, choose a SEARCH ENGINE like GOOGLE on the INTERNET. Use the SEARCH terms and phrases from your DATABASE searches in your GOOGLE search. Use what you know about your topic already to weed out useless or wrong information. But first, check the approved websites on this page.

 

"How to Spot a Communist"

75-100% APPROVED WEBSITES: Proxy Wars, and their Significance in the Age of Communism

These websites have been looked over and approved by your teachers. These are good starting places for you to visit when you begin searching the Internet. Also search for your topic in the databases, you are likely to get even more detailed and trusted information.

50-75% DATABASES

DATABASES are organized, searchable sources of information, often available only with a subscription (which means you will need passwords for remote access, ask Jennifer, Elizabeth or Matthew for the passwords). Beyond that, a database can be anything: images, videos, articles from magazines or videos, or collections of print encyclopedia information. Even though you access them through the INTERNET, DATABASES have more specific information than what you will find just GOOGLING your topic. Here you will find more current information on your topic using the vocabulary words your learned from your REFERENCE and BOOK sources as your SEARCH terms.

  • American History
    A Facts on File database, containing the contents of hundreds of full and partial reference books.
  • US History in Context  Icon
    Under “Browse Topics,” click on “McCarthyism” "McCarthy, Joseph R" or "House Un-American Activities Committee"

    You can also type your topic into the search window on the upper right side of the screen. Use terms like "Red Scare," "Cold War" "Communism" "The Crucible" "Arthur Miller" or "Hollywood Ten"
  • Life in America  Icon
    Choose "Postwar America, 1950 to 1969" and look under "Key People" "Timeline" and "Social Attitudes" for information on McCarthy and McCarthyism.
  • Modern World History  
      
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    A Facts on File database, containing hundreds of full and partial reference books covering 1450 to today.

75-100% APPROVED WEBSITES

These websites have been looked over and approved by your teachers. These are good starting places for you to visit when you begin searching the Internet.

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