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Welcome to the 10B Research Project Page

Literature for 10B

Library Resources for Your 10B Research Project

The databases featured on this page will help you find credible, authoritative information about human rights violations or the Holocaust. 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 are some ideas for topics for your project. Feel free to ask your instructor about choosing a slightly different topic.

  • Holocaust and Anti-Semitism
  • Holocaust and Personal Narratives
  • World War II and Pearl Harbor

Essential Questions

Use an essential question to narrow your topic and develop your paper's thesis. Here are some examples of essential questions. For more, refer to your class Research Guide.

  • How does the ____________ (event in history) illustrate ___________ in society?
  • What were the factors that led to ___________ ?  

 

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!

Chat with a GCC librarian

 

Databases

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 are a few examples related to your assignment using the Holocaust as your main topic.

Holocaust AND personal narratives

Holocaust AND antisemitism

Nuremberg Trials AND war crimes

Pearl Harbor AND World War II 

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

Holocaust AND personal narratives (for a more specific question)
Nuremb did the Nuremberg Trials bring Nazi
war criminals to justice?)
Pearl Harbor AND American entry AND World War II (How did the attack on
Pearl Harbor influence the
American entry into World War II?)

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides access to many different types of sources, including dictionary and encyclopedia entries and other reference works. These sources help define and explain general topics of study. Credo Reference can be used to search many of GCC's other databases for newspaper and magazine articles, too.  

To get started, type your keywords in the search box below. For example, for information about the Holocaust, type the phrase "Holocaust" and click the search icon to the right of the search box. 

Credo Reference

Britannica Academic

Britannica Academic provides access to background information on a variety of sources and helps you gain an understanding of your topic. Click on the "Images & Videos" and "Related" tabs to find images and other related topics.

Britannica Academic

Article Databases

Article databases, sometimes referred to as periodical databases, contain articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Databases such as America: History & Life with Full Text and ProQuest locate sources.

ProQuest


EbscoHost: America: History and Life with Full Text

Kanopy - "Night and Fog" (32:00)

Documentary video  "Night and Fog"

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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