Analytical Research Paper - CCHS       

Developing a Thesis
Use these resources if you are still deciding on a topic.  

1. Defining Moments in U.S. History - Choose a topic and scroll to the bottom of the page for guides to research topics
3. History in Dispute books (21 volumes) - ebooks and print) - Gale Virtual Reference Library - Click on More > Title List and scroll down to the History in Dispute titles
4. 19th Century U.S. History - term paper resource guide - suggestions for topics, brief background information, suggested books and websites for research (19th and 20th Century U.S. History guides are available in print)

Think about the people who left behind the primary sources.
Was what they knew, different than what we know?
How did they know it?

Citing primary sources correctly is an important part of studying primary sources, for a number of reasons.

It is important--and ethically necessary--to provide full credit to the creators and publishers of documents, and to allow future scholars to find the source quickly and correctly. Citing a primary source is also crucial to critical thinking and analysis because it requires that the student think carefully about where the source came from, who made it, and in what context the student first discovered it.

Print Sources:
Catalog:  (CCHS Library>Catalog)

  • Reference books:  Consult specialized encyclopedias for your topic or region. Use indexes - sometimes the index is in the last volume of a set.
        REF 305.896 CIV V.1       The Civil Rights Movement
        REF 796 GRE                Great Athletes: Golf & Tennis
  • Non-Fiction/Circulating:  
    These are circulating books located in the "stacks". Brainstorm possible keywords and search the catalog. Browse the shelves in the non-fiction (stacks) area or the biography section.
    306.362 GAN  Five thousand years of slavery 
    Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady

  • Finding eBooks in the catalog - To search for just ebooks in the catalog, click on: "Electronic Resources" under 'Format' on the left side of the page.  Note many, but not all, eBooks are listed in the catalog. The call number will have "online" before the number. 
    ONLINE 940.53 MCN    
    World War II, 1939-1945 (Online)

(Some online books are checked out through Overdrive - log in with your active directory; do not download Overdrive books onto school computers - instead use the "Read" option)

Michelyne Gray,
Feb 3, 2017, 7:24 AM