Now that you have seen examples of how to search effectively, it is time to start looking for sources for your chosen topic. This mind-mapping resource will be helpful in narrowing your topic.
What keywords or other search terms would you use when searching for sources related to your chosen topic in the databases in Shapiro Library? List at least four search terms.
Open the document firstname_lastname.Writing_Plan, which you created in Theme: Approaches to History, Learning Block 1-3. Add the keywords and other search terms that you plan to use while researching your historical event analysis essay. Save this document locally on your computer.
Next, take at least 30 minutes to conduct independent research in Shapiro Library with the search terms you have created for your topic. What sources do you plan to use in your historical event analysis essay? Be specific, and choose at least two secondary sources. Now reopen firstname_lastname.Writing_Plan and list the name of each source, the author and publication, the date it was published, and where you found the source. This should not be an exhaustive list of the sources you plan to use, but it is just a place to start your research.
Below is an example of what your document should look like by now:
HIS 200: Applied History
Southern New Hampshire University
April 8, 2016
Topic: For my historical event analysis, I have chosen to focus on Congressman John F. Fitzgerald of Boston, the son of Irish immigrants, and his opposition to an 1897 immigration bill which would have barred illiterate foreigners from entering the United States.
Topic and Research Question
Research Question: How did John Fitzgerald’s political ambitions, and the interests of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, affect his position on the 1897 immigration reform bill?
Search terms that I have used in my research so far include: FITZGERALD, John F.; LODGE, Henry Cabot; Emigration and immigration law; Massachusetts politics; 1897 immigration bill; and LODGE, Henry Cabot and CLEVELAND, Grover AND Immigration.
Search Terms and Sources
One secondary source is
“Honey Fitz”: Three Steps to the White House: The Colorful Life & Times of John F. (“Honey Fitz”) Fitzgerald, by John Henry Cutler. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1962. I found a review of this book in Shapiro Library, and located a copy online at http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/honey-fitz/used/.
Another secondary source is
The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987. This book is in Shapiro Library.