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Imperialism Trial (Camelio)

Created by Stacy Kitsis, Arlington High School Librarian. Last updated: January 7, 2014.

Assignment Introduction

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 Consider photos, maps, historical documents, video, and more.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. 

Recommended Databases
  • Biography in Context (Gale) 
    Start your research here. Tip: Watch out for alternate names and spellings for international figures. For example, try "Meiji" as well as "Emperor Mutsuhito" and "Lobengula" as well as "Lo Bengula."
  • World History in Context (Gale) 
    Excellent database for research on imperialism.
  • Modern World History Online (Facts on File)
    Another great database for world history, drawing from different sources than the previous one. Password required.
Recommended Websites
  • Country Studies (Library of Congress)
    Use the drop down menu to select your country, then the search bar for more specific results.  
  • Internet History Sourcebook (Fordham University)
    Great primary sources. Overview of imperialism followed by sections on China, India, Africa, the Middle East, Japan, and America. 
  • Casahistoria.net
    Links collected by a history teacher. Not the easiest to navigate, but includes some great finds. 
  • British Library
    Potential source for images of primary sources. 
Books and e-Books
  • Media Center Catalog
    Don't forget our very own print collection! Don't be shy, ask Ms. Kitsis for any help you need. 
  • Minuteman Library Catalog
    Set your library location to Arlington to view materials currently available at the Robbins Library. 
  • Project Gutenberg
    This site contains thousands of free e-books in the public domain. 
  • Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive also has free e-books in a variety of formats, including PDF and EPUB. Download directly to your mobile device! 

Jurors

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
  • U.S. History in Context (Gale)
    Start your research on the American jury system here. Tip: Focus on reference articles. What search terms will you try first? 
  • American History Online (Facts on File) 
    Another great database on American history, using different sources than the one above.
  • United States Courts (Federal Judiciary)
    Look for the "Jury Box" section in the bottom right corner.
  • Who Does What: Jury (Federal Judicial Center) 
    Helpful question and answer section. 
Resources for Imperialism
  • Biography in Context (Gale) 
    Start your research here. Tip: Watch out for alternate names and spellings for international figures. For example, try "Meiji" as well as "Emperor Mutsuhito" and "Lobengula" as well as "Lo Bengula."
  • World History in Context (Gale) 
    Excellent database for research on imperialism.
  • Modern World History Online (Facts on File)
    Another great database for world history, drawing from different sources than the previous one. Password required.
If you finish with the resources suggested here, review the websites in the Witnesses and Attorneys section of the pathfinder above. 

Search Tips

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. 

Screen shot of EasyBib

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. 

EasyBib Registration Page

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. 
Scales of justice

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