Created by Stacy Kitsis, Arlington High School Librarian. Last updated: January 14, 2015.
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. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask Ms. Kitsis for help!
Witnesses and Attorneys
Begin your research with subscription databases, focusing on reference articles. Then go deeper with websites, books, and more.
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 Consider photos, maps, historical documents, video, and more.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 type your answers directly 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.
Search for alternate names ... and your spelling. Try "Meiji" as well as "Emperor Mutsuhito" and "Lobengula" as well as "Lo Bengula." Remember that many countries and cities have had different names throughout history, especially before, during, and after imperialism. And if you don't find anything, check that sloppy spelling is not to blame!
Combine keywords to get articles that match each of your important concepts. For example, if you are researching the effects of imperialism in India, and don't want to be overwhelmed with EVERYTHING about India, you might add:
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.
Consider your scope. How narrow or broad is the focus of your topic? Will you struggle with finding enough information ... or too much?
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.
You should see the "Pro" and "For Institutions" blue tags at the top of your screen. If not, ask Ms. Kitsis for the coupon code to upgrade.
Smart Research Tip: Remember that databases provide citations at the bottom of each article that can usually 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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