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Welcome to the 12B Research Project Page

Literature for 12B

Available from the GCC Library website in full text as an ebook.


Library Resources for Your 12B Research Project

The databases featured on this page will help you find credible, authoritative information about topics related to the works you are reading this semester. All of these sources are FREE to registered GCC students in the high school programs!

Select from the menu on the left to find out more about how to use academic sources responsibly and how to cite your sources using MLA format.

Choose Your Topic

One of the most difficult things when getting started on a research paper can be coming up with a strategy to begin exploring a topic. Some topics are too broad, and need to be broken down into smaller parts, which can help a lot. Some topics are too narrow, and need to be expanded.

just-right topic will reflect the length of a research paper (how many pages are you required to write?), the amount of time you have to complete the paper, and the number of sources you're being asked to incorporate into your paper.

Background Research

One way to come up with a topic is to do background research. This includes reading encyclopedia articles to learn more about a broad subject. Once you know more about the subject, you can make connections between topics and sub-topics. Then write a short summary of what you have learned from your background research.

It helps to think of your main topic as a starting point for your research, not a destination. 

Research Ideas

Here is a sample list of topics. For more topic ideas and ways to narrow your topic, please refer to your Research Guide or ask your instructor.

  • The development of the teenage brain
  • Bullying
  • Leadership

    Essential Questions

    Use an essential question to narrow your topic and develop your paper's thesis. Here is an example of an essential question. For more, refer to your class Research Guide or speak with your instructor.

  • How does the issue of ____________ explain the behavior of the characters in Lord of the Flies? 

Citing Sources Using MLA

MLA Handbook Book Jacket

Your Works Cited Page

You'll be using MLA format to cite each of the sources used in your paper. MLA format has two primary functions:

  • In-text Citations: In-text citations are presented in the text of your paper when you directly cite or paraphrase from a source. 
  • Works Cited List: The Works Cited list includes all of the sources you use in your paper, arranged in alphabetical order by the author's last name. 

MLA also provides guidelines on formatting your paper, from what to include on your cover page, where to place your page numbers, what size font you should use, and more! 

The websites below offer detailed information on how to use MLA. And you're always welcome to ask a GCC librarian for help with MLA - or anything else!

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Recommended Databases

The databases listed below are FREE to students enrolled in classes at Garfield Campus!

Databases are frequently the best place to begin your research and often have more reliable and authoritative information than what you'll find in Google. 

When searching in databases, it's important to use the right keywords or phrases to describe your topic. A keyword is a single word that defines what you are seeking. A phrase is two or more words that define what you are seeking.

Depending on your topic, you can combine keywords and/or phrases to narrow or broaden your search. Here is an example related to your assignment using bullying as a main topic.

bullying AND Lord of the Flies

Begin your research by exploring the databases below and see where they lead you!

Reference Sources

The library provides access to several reference databases to help you find general information about a topic. Britannica Academic, Credo Reference, and Gale EBOOKS are three databases that can help you start searching for an overview about your topic and other related information.

Britannica Academic

Credo Reference

Gale Ebooks

Subject and Article Databases

Subject databases, such as Gale Literature, and article databases, such as ProQuest, can help you find sources for your paper. Use keywords or combinations of keywords to find sources for your project.

Gale Literature

If you need more information about how your topic relates to the novel, try searching Gale Literary Sources or another literature database. Search for the title of the novel to find sources. Add narrower terms to locate sources related to your specific topic.

Here are some examples:

Ralph AND Jack AND Lord of the Flies

power AND Lord of the Flies

literary characters AND Lord of the Flies

ProQuest Research Library

Here are some possible keyword combinations you can explore in ProQuest to find articles related to your topic:

adolescent brain AND development

fascism AND democracy

survival AND character traits

Ralph AND Jack AND Lord of the Flies
power AND Lord of the Flies
literary characters AND Lord of the Flies

Kanopy - "Here Me Now: The Bullied Have a Voice" (51:00)


Video of "Here Me Now: The Bullied Have a Voice" (51:00)











To view Kanopy videos, first click on the video above to open the GCC Sign-In portal. Once you have signed in using your Canvas username and password, Kanopy will open. To view videos, you can create a Kanopy account using your GCC student email address. Click on the red "Log In To Glendale" button. Clicking on the video image above will open the database log in page. After logging in, Kanopy will open. Once you have created your account, you can search for the video by title and view it or save it to watch later.

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