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Stokesberry: Step 1. Your Two Topics

A Guide for Instructor Stokesberry's 101/102 History Assignment


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Karlie Johnson
3rd Floor
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd N
Jacksonville, AL 36265

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Assignment Goals!

The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to the different TYPES of information historians use in their research. You will learn how to identify and locate the following for your two topics:

  1. A Book
  2. A Scholarly Article
  3. A Popular Magazine Article
  4. A Specialized Reference Article
  5. A Newspaper Article Published on the Day and Year that You Were Born.  * New York Times

First things first! What are your two topics?

Before you begin to search for different resources on your topics, you must find out what your topics are about.

For example, if your topic is "Thomas Jefferson," when was he born? What significant events or accomplishments is he associated with? If it is an event like "Nat Turner's Rebellion," when did the event occur? Who were the key individuals associated with the event?

Though you are not to use Wikipedia or other Internet sources for this assignment, it is fine to do a Google search and jot down some basic, factual information about your topic so that you have some sort of idea about where to look and what keywords you need to use in your search.

For example, if you know that Nat Turner was an African American slave who led a rebellion in Virginia, you might think about searching for a specialized reference entry on him in a source such as an encyclopedia on notable African Americans or an encyclopedia on slavery in the United States.


Detective work on the History Floor!

Find History Books, Reference Sources, & Older History Journals on the 3rd Floor