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American Minorities

Strategies & tips for locating resources for your research project

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignments

Professor Edwards requires you to write 3 papers and complete 2 out of class assignments for this class that require you to do research:

  • Out of Class Assignment #2
    • Research the Black Lives Matter movement
      • Find 3 different, credible sources that help you answer the following question:
        • What is the goal of the movement?
      • Provide citations to your sources
  • Short Paper #1
    • ​At least one page in substantive length based on independent research and class discussion
      • Consider the Black Lives Matter Movement. Compare it with the Civil Rights Movement (MLK) of the 1960s. Are these movements more or less similar? Why?
  • Out of Class Assignment #3
    • Research the Suffrage Movement
      • ​Find 3 different, credible sources that help you answer the following question:
        • ​Was the suffrage movement successful?
      • ​Provide citations to your sources
  • Short Paper #2
    • At least one page in substantive length based on independent research and class discussion 
      • Consider the suffragist movement. Compare it with the 2016 presidential election. Did either candidate play the "gender card" during the election process? Was this a good, or bad, idea? Why?
  • Final Paper
    • At least three pages in substantive length
    • Consider the following three sources and ensure citations to the source in your paper:
      1. ​The circumstances of Enrique's Journey; 
      2. Recent events involving immigration to the United States; and,
      3. The current immigration policy-law in the United States and the proposals for changing it.
    • ​​Answer this question, citing evidence from the aforementioned three sources to support your answer:

​Is the U.S. approach/law/policies on immigration a form of institutionalized discrimination against minorities?

 It's always wise to collect more resources than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!

Dugan Library Resources

Media Viewing Room

Did you know that Dugan Library has a special media viewing room specially designed for students to view videos, DVDs and other programs in small groups???

The room is equipped with several armchairs, small tables, a large TV, VCR, DVD player and is connected to local cable.  There is room for 4-6 people to view the TV comfortably, a few more might be able to squeeze in, not quire so comfortably!

You can make a reservation in advance or stop by to see if it is available at the circulation desk right inside the library entrance.  If the room is available, the student worker will escort you to the media viewing room to grant you access.  Once you are done using the room, clean up any trash, straighten any re-arranged furniture and simply close the door behind you (it should re-lock on it's own).