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Doubt Research Essay
For this assignment, you will explore a topic about which you have doubt. Pick a topic that you're currently wrestling with or have limited knowledge of, and are on the verge of forming a new understanding of. The goal of the assignment is not only to figure out what you now believe about your topic and how that has changed, but also to learn more about the topic. 

Use these databases to find background information on a topic. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text e-books that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Credo logoCredo Reference contains general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more.


Use these databases to find pro/con argumentative essays on a topic.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Restricted Resource
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOpposing Viewpoints in Context provides full-text articles and reference material on wide range of social issues such as immigration, abortion, animal rights, biomedical ethics, gun control, gangs, homelessness, gambling, homosexuality, human rights, Islam, the Middle East, and racism.

Points of View Reference Center Restricted Resource
Points of ViewPoints of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.


Use these databases to find articles on your topic from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource
Academic Search PremierAcademic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

ProQuest News & Newspapers Restricted Resource
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.

Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Project MuseProvides citations, abstracts, and full text to articles from journals that cover the "fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others".
 
Speech Assignment
Finding Speeches

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Credo logoCredo Reference contains general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more. Speeches you can use are in the e-book Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches.

Some speeches you can find from Ripples of Hope in Credo Reference, which you can access here.

You can also use speeches from these books, which are on reserve for your class. Ask for them at the circulation desk (check-out desk): 
Eyes on the Prize
Malcolm X Speaks
The Radical King: Martin Luther King Jr.
A Voice that Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement 



Citation

Citing speeches from Credo from the speech itself:
 
Last Name, First Name. “Title of Speech.” Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches,
     edited by Josh. Gottheimer, et al., Perseus, 2003. Credo Reference, [URL without https://www.].
 
Marshall, Thurgood. “Dismantling Segregation: Brown v. Board of Education.” Ripples of Hope:
     Great American Civil Rights Speeches, edited by Josh. Gottheimer, et al., Perseus, 2003. Credo Reference, [URL without https://www.].
 
 Citing summary/commentary from speech’s record in Credo:

“Title of Page.” Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches, edited by Josh. Gottheimer, et
     al., Perseus, 2003. Credo Reference, [URL without https://www.].
 
"Thurgood Marshall: Dismantling Segregation: Brown v. Board of Education, December 8,
     1953." Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches, edited by Josh. Gottheimer, et al., Perseus, 2003. Credo Reference,
     search.credoreference.com/content/entry/pershope/thurgood_marshall_dismantling_segregation_brown_v_board_of_education_december_8_1953/0?institutionId=2786.
Find Primary Resources (Artifacts)
Umbra Search Unrestricted Resource
Umbra Search is a specialized search engine that connects you to documents and photographs related to African American history and culture available online in different libraries, museums, and archives.

Defining Documents in American History: Reconstruction Era (1865–1877) Restricted Resource
Ebook of historical documents.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals, Series 5
A collection of Reconstruction Era magazine articles from 1866-1877.

African-American History Restricted Resource
500 years of African-American history.  
Encyclopedias and Reference Sources
Points of View Reference Center Restricted Resource
Points of ViewPoints of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

CQ Researcher Restricted Resource
CQCQ Researcher reports provide "in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy." Each CQ Researcher report is researched and written by a journalist and includes a "background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources."

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Restricted Resource
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOpposing Viewpoints in Context provides full-text articles and reference material on wide range of social issues such as immigration, abortion, animal rights, biomedical ethics, gun control, gangs, homelessness, gambling, homosexuality, human rights, Islam, the Middle East, and racism.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text e-books that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Credo logoCredo Reference contains general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Combined Search

Combined Search

Library Combined Search searches many article databases, online journals, and the Normandale Community College Library catalog.

 

 

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Cite Your Sources (MLA)
MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.


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