Created by Stacy Kitsis, Arlington High School Librarian. Last updated: January 7, 2014.
From 1870-1914, industrialized countries of the world engaged in a race to carve up and colonize the non-industrialized countries around the globe. Today historians still debate the legacy of this imperialism. To further understand this debate and the legacy of imperialism, the class will engage in a mock trial to assess whether imperialism benefited or harmed the peoples of Africa and Asia.
This pathfinder is designed to help attorneys, witnesses, and jurors find the best resources for a successful trial.
Witnesses and Attorneys
Begin your research with subscription databases, focusing on reference articles. Then go deeper with websites, books, and more. Our database passwords are available in class and online (must be logged onto Spyponders account to view).
Tip: Primary sources make great "evidence" in a courtroom. Consider photos, maps, historical documents, video, and more. Overview articles on imperialism can provide evidence for opening and closing statements.
Bonus: Download the juror worksheet and you can type your answers into it. Just be sure to SAVE THE FILE to your documents folder before you begin so you don't lose your work!
Resources for the Role of Jurors
Resources for Imperialism
If you finish with the resources suggested here, review the websites in the Witnesses and Attorneys section of the pathfinder above.
Consider your topic carefully. How narrow or broad is the focus of your research? Will you struggle with finding enough information ... or too much?
Combine keywords to get articles that match each of your important concepts. For example, if you are researching the effects of imperialism in India, you might need:
India AND imperialism
Use quotation marks to find complete phrases, especially proper names and titles. For example:
"Manifest Destiny" or "Exclusion Act"
Use truncation. An advanced technique, but in most databases:
immigra* will find immigrant, immigrants, immigration, etc.
Check your spelling. If you don't find anything on your topic, sloppy spelling may be to blame!
Citing Sources & Academic Integrity
The school has purchased a paid subscription to EasyBib.com for all students, and we encourage you to use this tool to create and manage your citations, notes, and outlines when working on research projects.
Go to EasyBib.com, click Register, and then Sign in Using Your Account with Google. Use your school Spyponders account for a unified password and streamlined communication with your teachers.
Smart Research Tip: Remember that databases provide citations at the bottom of each article that can be copied and pasted into EasyBib with some minor modifications.
Additional resources for academic integrity and citation:
Scales of Justice
How will history judge the imperialists? Their legacy is in your hands.
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