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US - 9 - World History - Renaissance Lifetime Achievement Award 2016: Online Resources

Locate Useful Information

The search terms or keywords you use to search with will determine the results you get. Be thoughtful and creative about what you use!

  • Generate a list of keywords or search terms by identifying the main ideas or concepts within the topic sentence.
  • Searching "history of clocks" is not useful. Be specific: "timepieces in history" or "measuring time" or "horology."
  • Use your assignment handout for other ideas of terms that may be useful. 
  • Expand your search terms by brainstorming related terms or synonyms that describe your main ideas:
    • Criticism: literary criticism, literary analysis 
    • Great Gatsby: american dream, symbolism, themes
    • History: ancient meaning, orgination
    • Genetics: Huntington's Disease+genetic counseling

Off the Grid: Searching Google

If, at some point during your research, you decide to look for sources not included on the research guide:  

  • Be aware!!! You may run into a lot of SparkNote-like sites. 
  • Try searching only using (search term) OR .org OR .gov
  • Google also offers an "advanced search" option
  • Try Google Scholar
  •  Consider the source: a USA Today article does not carry the same weight as a New York Times article
  • Can you answer the following questions? 
    • Who are the authors/publishers, and why do you believe they are reliable?
    • What is the relevance of this information to my topic?
    • When was this information published?  Is there more current information available?
    • Where does this source gets its information, does it have a bibliography of sources?
    • Why does this source exist?  What is the point of view I should be aware of?

These are a few of the questions we use when selecting a resource for this guide, and  you are expected to adhere to these same high standards.

Keep in mind that your teacher can quickly form an opinion about your work based on the sources you used.  


These websites may be useful for images, general information on artists, or thematic essays analyzing the works of the artists.

Research Starters

START HERE! Use these sources to find background information about your topic.

Encyclopedia Britannica

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You can BASIC SEARCH, IMAGE SEARCH or MIND MAP  when exploring your topic.

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Library Databases

  • When searching, Ebsco Discovery Search: Limit searches to Full Text, limit Publication Date, Narrow down Source Types or search bySubjectGeography, or Content Provider.
  • Creating a FREE account will save ALL of your searches! 
  • MLA citation can be  copied to EasyBib. Choose "database" option then choose "copy and paste" in bottom right corner of the box.