Choose a Topic
These databases and eBooks will help you find an interesting topic:
Search for an authoritative website in Google about your topic. Select addresses that end in .edu, .gov or .org. These sites are most likely to contain accurate information.
Books in the Library
The library has a large collection of books on specific topics. Check in the online catalog on the library's web page for availability. You can check out a book for your junior essay for six weeks.
Check your teacher's guidelines on this assignment. This essay focuses on an event or person in American history that has had a major impact on American culture and history. There are many good subjects to choose from. Look at some of the topics in the databases before you decide on a subject. You might find an exciting subject you didn't know existed.
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eBooks on Specific Subjects
Check the Subject Guide to the Databases and eBooks or the online catalog on the library's web page to find ebooks specific to your topic. Here are a few examples of what is available:
If you are still struggling to find the right idea, you can do a keyword search in the Library Online Catalog for "americana." You can browse through those books to help get an idea for your subject.
Once you have your topic, you can begin researching substantive material to use in your assignment.
For books on your subject, search for your keywords in the Library Online Catalog.
If you are looking for additional resources such as magazine articles, a good place to start is to use the library page that has the databases organized by subject.
On the databases page, click the tab that has the subject of your research topic. The databases that will be helpful for that subject is listed at the top. At the bottom of the page are related eBooks.
Once you are in the right database, search by keywords using the simple search field. If your keywords return too many results, you can improve your results by adding the keywords "american culture" or "americana" to your search. For example, instead of just searching "9/11" change the search to "9/11 american culture" and you will get better results.
Some of the main databases are listed below:
The following are eBooks that could be useful to everyone. Also there are eBooks on each decade of the 20th century on the library's web page.
Which Topic will you pick?
Bill Gates Facebook Jackie Robinson & Baseball Ellen Degeneres The Statute of Liberty Jonestown Hip HopThe Atomic Bomb How 9/11 Changed America