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History 102 - Political and Social History of the US: 1500-1876  

Library resources and instruction on researching topics related to United States history from 1500 to 1876.
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2015 URL: http://libraryguides.cerritos.edu/history102 Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Modoc War

 

What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
    • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources
             

            Lorraine Gersitz

            Lorraine Gersitz

            Session Info:

            Professor Fernandez
            History Major Workshop
            November 12, 2015

              

            To chat with me, click on this Chat button.  If I'm offline, use Library Chat in the box below.

            Lorraine's Contact Info:

               (562) 860-2451 x2414
               lgersitz@cerritos.edu

               LC 60

             

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            Need Help 

            The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

            Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
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