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AHS Subject Guides: History: Asprelli

This guide includes print and online resources for History/Social Studies: Courses include: American Government, US History, Critical Issues, Geography, Law and Justice, Multiculturalism, World History.

Research Resources for World Issues

World History

Research Resources: Evolution of World Issues 1-45-present (updated 3-2019)

Information literacy topics:

-Determining best sources

-Searching strategies for information

-Using technology tools

 

Objective: To learn to access appropriate online research sources, to practice effective searching strategies, and to practice summarizing information from text.

 

Broad topics covered in student project:

Health: Food, water, medical treatment, infectious diseases, environment

Economics: Poverty, debt, economic development, education, natural resources,

Human Rights: political dissension, child labor, gender/religious/ethnic suppression, freedom of speech/press,
 

1. View instructions at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectHistoryClass ProjectsAsprelliResearch Resources: Evolution of World Issues

 

2. Discussion: quick tour of sources for today’s practice (notes are included at end of instructions for reference):

Types of online databases discussed today

-School product database

ABC Clio World History: The Modern Era

-Scholarly databases

ESBCO: ResearchIT CT (EBSCO database search tool)

-Free web sites

World Health Organization

International Monetary Fund

Human Rights Watch
 

3. Presentation of School Product Database Site:

ABC Clio: The Modern Era  (notes at end of document)

 

4. Search ABC-Clio The Modern Era (scroll down the A-Z list) and find a relevant article that addresses your topic.

-Use tools to search for topic, play around for a few minutes.

 

5. Discussion:  Presentation of a Scholarly database:

ESBCO:  ResearchIT CT OneSearch (scroll down the A-Z list) (EBSCO database search tool)

 

6. Discussion:  Presentation of an open web sources to address:

 

HEALTH

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

- Start with COUNTRIES, REGIONS, COUNTRIES, AREAS OF WORK, ETC.

 

ECONOMICS

International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund

- Start with COUNTRIES, (COUNTRY), AT A GLANCE, COUNTRY DATA, ETC. (some very high-level economic documents, not all of which will be useful to you.)

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

- Start with COUNTRIES, then look at REPORTS

 

- To search web sites, use the functions provided.

- Search SEVERAL different ways.

- Each site has its own way of searching.

 

Additional Tips:

-Get a library card so you can use iConn at home.

-Practice searching from our web page:

-History Reference Center

-ResearchIT CT.org (formerly known as iConn) Resources for High Schools/ (all the databases for journals)

-You are MORE likely to find something useful for school FASTER from a paid database than from a web search.

-Everything that ISN’T useful has NOT been included.

-Everything you find in a full-text search is really available, as opposed to just being a summary (abstract).

-You can avoid “pseudo-authoritative” sources written by people who confuse opinion with science, and beliefs with objective facts.

 

For more detailed NOTES on these databases, with tips how to search them, look at the full lesson plan below.

Books: Finding Information and Citing

World History (updated 4-2019)

Research Resources: How to Locate Information in Books for Research and Creating Citations for Books (updated 4-2019)

Information literacy topics:

-Determining best sources

-Searching strategies for information

-Using technology tools

 

Objective: To practice effective searching techniques when using books and to create citations for books.

1.Direct student to activity guide online at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy Subject→History→Class Projects→Asprelli→Research Resources: How to Locate Information in Books for Research and Creating Citations for Books        

 

2. Discussion: Brief review of how to use a book for research.

    -How do we choose a book that will be useful for our research and locate

information for our research?

-Locating a book

Destiny (Library Card Catalog system, located on Amity Library website)

Library carts requested by teacher

Read titles of books to find one that seems like it supports your topic.

Examples:

Ex. Project on Pakistan--book may be titled Pakistan.

-Look at the book--Where will I find relevant information?

Index, located in the back of book

    Look up keywords (ex. Human rights, health,

environment,etc.)

Table of Contents (less useful, but may help)

        -Other resources referred to books.

3. Independent Practice: How to cite a book using Noodletools.

Follow the steps below to create a citation for a book.

    -Sign-in to Noodletools.

    -Set up a new project titled “World Issues”, choose “Chicago style” and

“Advanced”.

    -Go to the “Sources” tab, then “Create new citation”.

    -Select “Print or in-hand” as “Where is it?”

    -Select “Book” located in first column (see below).

    -

 

    -Complete citation--Click here to access book information

 

 

    -Discussion: What challenges or questions did you have while creating a citation

for a book?

 

-Check your citation:

Enfield, Jann, ed. Pakistan. New Haven, CT: Greenhaven Press,

    2004.

 

-Another possible method to use when citing a book.

-Put the ISBN in the search box. Where is the ISBN located?

-Click “Search”.

-Find the book that matches. The fields will auto-populate.

-Verify the information is accurate and make adjustments as needed.

-Citation information when using ISBN number. What are the differences?

Einfeld, Jann. Pakistan. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Revolution: Introduction to Research Resources

World History (updated 9-2018)

Introduction to Research Resources

Information literacy topics:

-Determining best sources

-Searching strategies for information

-Taking notes

-Using technology tools

 

Objective: To learn to access appropriate online research sources, to practice effective searching strategies, and to practice summarizing information from text.

 

1. View instructions at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectHistoryClass ProjectsAsprelliWorld HistoryIndustrial Revolution: Introduction to Research Resources

 

2. Discussion: quick tour of sources for today’s practice (notes are included at end of instructions for reference):

Types of online databases discussed today

-School product database

ABC Clio World History: The Modern Era

-Scholarly databases

ESBCO:  History Reference Center

-Free web site

Victorian Britain, from the British Library

 

3. Presentation of School Product Database Site:

ABC Clio: The Modern Era  (notes at end of document)

 

4. Search ABC-Clio The Modern Era  and find a relevant article that addresses your topic.

-Use tools to search for topic, play around for a few minutes.

 

5. Discussion:  Presentation of a Scholarly database:

ESBCO:  History Reference Center

 

6. Discussion:  Presentation of an open web source:

Victorian Britain, from the British Library

 

Additional Tips:

-Get a library card so you can use iConn at home.

-Practice searching from our web page:

-History Reference Center

-ResearchIT CT.org (formerly known as iConn) Resources for High Schools/ (all the databases for journals)

-You are MORE likely to find something useful for school FASTER from a paid database than from a web search.

-Everything that ISN’T useful has NOT been included.

-Everything you find in a full-text search is really available, as opposed to just being a summary (abstract).

-You can avoid “pseudo-authoritative” sources written by people who confuse opinion with science, and beliefs with objective facts.

For more detailed NOTES on these databases, with tips how to search them, look at the full lesson plan below.

Introduction to Citations with NoodleTools

World History (updated 9-2018, R. Musco)

Introduction to Citations, References, and Note-taking with NoodleTools

Information literacy topics:

-Taking notes

-Organizing source citations

-References

-Using technology tools

 

Objective: To understand and define the concept of a research “citation”, and to use a web citation generator, NoodleTools, to create citations and bibliographic references, and organize notes.

 

1: Find the activities for this class, at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

(tab) Find Online Stuff→By Subject→History

(tab) Class Projects →Cumpstone→ Introduction to Citations, References, and Note-taking with NoodleTools

 

Part A: Understanding and Creating Citations

2. Discuss objective.

 

3. Answer the question, “What kind of information is included in a citation?”

 

4. Answer the question, “What kind of source is this?” (see below). What parts of the citation can you identify?

 

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." In World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com

 

5. Sign up for your account in NoodleTools.

Activate your own personal account through your @amityschools.org Google account.

Go to the NoodleTools log-in screen.

Enter your @amityschools.org Google account email.

Click “Sign In with Google”.

 

Re-enter your Amity Google account email, and your Google password.

 

For 7th/8th/9th Grades: (other grades, look here).

Click on “Create a new account”.

Click “Submit”.

 

 

Next:

Choose “I am a student”.

Click “Submit”.

Choose your graduation year.

Click “Save Profile”.

 

Under “My Profile” make sure your  first and last names are complete.

 

 

You are now in Noodle Tools!  

Your new username is your Google @amityschools.org email address and password.

 

6. Create a project to begin citations.

6.a. Click on “New Project”.

 

6.b. Enter a “Project Title”.

6.c. Choose “Chicago/Turabian” style (for this History class), and click the “Advanced” citation level for full functionality. Click “Submit”.

 

6.d. Write a “Research Question” (think of something related to your topic).

6.e. Write a “Thesis” statement. This is the statement or question you will prove or discuss.

6.f. Click the “Projects” tab to view your project list.

 

6.g. Click on the name of your project to open it.

 

6.h. Click on the “Sources” tab. You are now ready to cite a source.

7. Create a COPY AND PASTE citation for a database article.

7.a. Go to this article from the ABC-Clio database World at War, titled “Breakthroughs in Science.”

7.b. Click on “CITE” in the top of the page.

7.c. COPY the citation (use Chigago format).

7.d. Return to NoodleTools, and click on “Create a New Citation”.

7.e. Answer the question “Where is it?”. Note that the choice here refers to WHERE the source was found, not what KIND of source it is. Choose “Database”.

7.f. Answer the question “WHAT is it?”.Choose “Original Content in Database” (because the citation shows this article was written for this database).

 

7.g. Click “Quick Cite”: Copy & Paste Citation”.  Paste in the citation you copied.

7.h. Click “Submit”. Look at your citation.

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." In World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO, 2018. Accessed September 23, 2018. https://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/25.

 

8. Create a MANUAL citation for a database article.

8.a. Go to the same article from the ABC-Clio database World History: The Modern Era.

8.b. From the Sources tab, click on “Create a New Citation”.

8.c. Answer the question “Where is it?”. Once again choose “Database”.

8.d. Answer the question “WHAT is it?”. Once again choose “Original Content in Database” (because the citation shows it was written for this database).

 

 

8.e. Start filling in as much information as you can, copying from the article, and adjusting the text as needed. Notice the pop-up hints.

8.f. Click “Submit”.

Helpful pointers:

-Did you fill in the date you got the article?

-Did you use the HOME page URL since the article URL was so long and complicated?

-There seems to be no published date.

-You can assume that the ID number is the same as a database accession number.

 

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." World History: The Modern Era.  http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com.

 

8.g. Now compare your two citations.

Copy/paste

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." In World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO, 2018. Accessed September 23, 2018. https://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/25.

 

Manual with NoodleTools

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." World History: The Modern Era.  http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com.

 

In this case, neither citation (original article from a reference database) is completely accurate. The corrected form would be:

 

Haerens, Margaret. "Breakthroughs in Science." In World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com

 

9. Student practice: Create an MANUAL citation for a database article.

Create a MANUAL citation for a database article.

9.a. Go to this article titled: “British Textiles Clothe the World”, from the EBSCO publishing company’s database History Resource Center.

9.b. Back in NoodleTools, from the Sources tab, click on “Create a New Citation”.

9.c. Answer the question “Where is it?”. Once again choose “Database”.

9.d. Answer the question “WHAT is it?”. Choose “Magazine” because this is an article in a magazine called “History Today”.

9.e. Start filling in as much information as you can, copying from the article:

-DOI (Direct Object Identifier): there is none listed

-URL: find the "permalink" on the right, because it does not change.

-Name of database: find it

-Database accession number: find it

-Most recent date of access: (today's date)

-Author: find it

-Article title: find it

-Pages: find it

-Name of journal: find it

-Volume: find it

-Issue: find it

-Publication date: find it

-Series: there is none listed

9.f. Click “Submit”.

 

Hopley, Claire. "British Textiles Clothe the World." British Heritage, September 2006, 28-33. https://search.ebscohost.com.

 

9.10. Now compare your finished citation to the copy-paste citation provided by EBSCO. Look at the differences (possibly due to different chicago versions, and errors in NoodleTools).

 

Manual:

Hopley, Claire. "British Textiles Clothe the World." British Heritage, September 2006, 28-33. https://search.ebscohost.com. 

 

Copy/Paste provided by History Resource Center

Hopley, Claire. "British Textiles Clothe the World." British Heritage 27, no. 4 (September 2006): 28-33. History Reference Center, EBSCOhost (accessed September 19, 2017).

 

In this case, the manual citation is the more correct citation, though the URL might be problematic because you can’t see anything without logging in.

 

10. Create a MANUAL citation from a web source.

10.a. Go to this article entitled “Women and the Revolution”, from the website:

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, a joint project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and American Social History Project (City University of New York)

10.b. Back in NoodleTools, from the Sources tab, click on “Create a New Citation”.

10.c. Answer the question “Where is it?”. Once again choose “Website”.

10.d. Answer the question “WHAT is it?”. Choose “Web page” because this online article is really a page in the larger museum web site.

10.e. Start filling in as much information as you can, copying from the article:

-URL: find it

-Date of publication: find it; if none, leave it blank.

-Most recent date of access: use it

-Contributors: find the author

-Web Page or document/article title: Find the article title

-Name of the website: find it (not the same as the publisher)

-Publisher of the site: Find it (bottom of page)

-Editors of the site as a whole: hard to find. We'll talk about this.

10.f. Click “Submit”.

 

Hunt, Lynn, and Jack Censer, eds. "Women and the Revolution." Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. Accessed October 6, 2016. http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/chap5a.html#.

 

Citing your sources within your paper

-How do you cite the article in the body of your paper?

-Chicago includes two basic documentation systems: notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and author-date style (sometimes called reference list style). We are using the notes-bibliography style.

The basics of the note-bibliography style are as follows: Whenever you need to cite a source, a superscript number is placed in the text at the end of the sentence or part of the sentence. A normal-sized number corresponding to that reference is placed at the end of the page or the end of the section (your teacher’s choice). The first time a source is used at the bottom of the page, the entire citation form is used.  The second time it is used at the bottom it is shortened (see rules). When the same source is used twice or more in a row, you write “ibid” (which means “the same”), and change page number if needed. The bibliography at the end includes all sources with their complete citation forms, in alphabetic order.

-You will need to follow the instructions and examples from a reliable source, like the writing experts at Purdue University’s CHICAGO style pages.

-Look at the sample Chicago “Footnotes and Bibliography” paper on our History guide.

Creating and Organizing Notes with NoodleTools

Part B: Creating and Organizing Notes in NoodleTools

 

1. Create a new note in NoodleTools.

1.a. If you are in “Sources”, click on the “Notecards” tab.

If you are on the “Projects” page, click on your practice project to get to the “Dashboard” tab. Once there, click on the “Notecards” tab.

 

 

1.b. Click “+New” to create a new note.

 

1.c. Write a “Title” that represents the basic idea of your note.

1.d. Choose one of your source citations from the dropdown menu.

1.e. Cut and paste a “Direct quotation”, a “paraphrase or summary”, or an original “My idea”.

1.f. Take the time to create a well-written note NOW, that could get slotted right in your paper.

 

1.g. Be sure to add a “Tag” which should represent the specific topic or theme of the note. Be specific, because you will use tags to group similar notes together. Tags with more than one word should be in quotes.

1.h. Click “Save and Close”.

1.i. Create a second note in the same way for the same article, or another article. You need two notes for the next step. You may find that one note obscures the other on the desktop; just drag it off.

 

 

2. Group notes together by common topics/themes.

2.a. Drag one note on top of the other, and release it to create a “Pile” (terrible name).

2.b. Name your “Pile” . A “Pile” name can be a category/theme/topic that both notes address. We are pretending that the two notes deal with the same specific topic.

2.c. Click OK.

2.d. Create two more new notes, and make a new “Pile”.

 

 

3. Convert notes to outlines.

3.a. Click the “Add+” button to create a few headings. You can change the name of topics by double-clicking, and rearrange the hierarchy by dragging and dropping.


 

 

 

3.b. Now DRAG one of your piles, or loose notes, right on top of any outline heading on the right until the heading is highlighted, and DROP it there.  It will now appear as a note in that heading of the outline. You can rearrange the notes in the outline by dragging and dropping.

 

4. Export or print notes.

 

4.a. On the Notecard desktop, click “Print” to export your saved notes.

4.b. Notice the export options.  Choose one, and practice downloading exported notes. Note that choosing Google requires signing into your Google account.

 

8. Cite your sources within your paper. How? See notes below.



 

Class Notes

What is a citation?

A citation is all the information you need to tell where an idea or quotation came from, and to be able to find that source again.

 

“What kind of information is included in a citation?”

Citations can include the following information, and more...

  1. author

  2. title

  3. place of publication

  4. publisher (and more about where it can be found)

  5. date of publication

  6. medium (type of publication)

  7. date you found it (electronic resources)

  8. web address (URL) IF your teacher requires it.

 

Note: the medium (type) of publication may be: Print, Web, File, Film, CD-ROM, DVD, etc. and more, depending on the kind of information

 

Cite your sources within your paper.

  • How do you cite the article in the body of your paper?

    • Chicago includes two basic documentation systems: notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and author-date style (sometimes called reference list style). We are using the notes-bibliography style.

    • The basics of the note-bibliography style are as follows: Whenever you need to cite a source, a superscript number is placed in the text at the end of the sentence or part of the sentence. A normal-sized number corresponding to that reference is placed at the end of the page or the end of the section (your teacher’s choice). The first time a source is used at the bottom of the page, the entire citation form is used.  The second time it is used at the bottom it is shortened (see rules).  When the same source is used twice or more in a row, you write “ibid” (which means “the same”), and change page number if needed. The bibliography at the end includes all sources with their complete citation forms, in alphabetic order.

    • Look at this Chicago (notes and bibliography style) sample paper.

  • You will need to follow the instructions and examples from a reliable source, like the writing experts at Purdue University’s CHICAGO style pages.

 

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