Students of Ms. Harrington

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Library Databases Paid resources provided by the library

Library Databases & Electronic Library Resources This is where you can access our databases to research in newspapers, magazines, journals, and other resources for which we pay. 

The username and password for each of our databases is jfkchs and lancers

I suggest checking out the History Study Center and searching your topic.  Under "journals" you will find several resources.

Another excellent database to use is CQ Researcher.  Search your topic and receive brief reports from multiple perspectives.  We also have hard copies of the CQ in the library on the shelf below the window by the Blue Lab.  The books are arranged by year and I can help you with the index.


Other Resources by Topic *in addition to the databases listed above and InstaGrok below, try these sources*
Drug Use (try also searching for drug abuse or drug addiction -- changing that keyword makes a difference!)
  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  2. PubMed (from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health) has more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from a variety of sources.  Searching is free and open to the public.
  3. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this link will take you to a general search on items within the USCCB website on drug abuse, your more specific topic will determine which items on the search will be of most use
  4. US Department of Health and Human Services this link takes you to a general search
Human Trafficking
  1. United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
  2. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops This particular link will take you to the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking, but there are many other sources on the USCCB wepage for this topic if you do a general search.  
  3. USCCB Anti-Trafficking Program
  4. FBI Civil Rights page on human trafficking
  5. US Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign on Human Trafficking
  6. US Customs and Immigration Enforcement page on human trafficking
  7. Polaris Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate modern slavery (human trafficking)
Mental Health Other keywords you can use are mental illness and mental disorders.  There are tons of recent articles written about mental health issues, especially in connection with people suffering from PTSD.  I did not link any articles -- only websites and other resources.
  1. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops search for mental health issues and the USCCB position.  Great resources.
  2. Mental Health America 100+ year old national non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those dealing with mental health issues 
  3. MentalHealth.gov a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services
  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to serving people affected by mental illness in the US
  5. National Institute of Mental Health the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders; part of the National Institutes of Health
Prisoners of War There's a lot of information about US Vietnam POWs if that is your interested.  You will need to do a general Google or InstaGrok search for this and I am happy to help you.
  1. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops section on Human Life and Dignity - do a search for prisoners of war and you will find many different articles and treatises on the subject, from Vietnam to Cuba to Iraq.
  2. Amnesty International is a global human rights organization.  You can search for information about POWs on the AI website.
  3. Geneva Convention document on the treatment of prisoners of war
  4. Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948 as a direct response to the atrocities of WWII, though it does not specifically mention POWs, it does speak to the rights and dignity of humans worldwide.  You can also search the general UN website for information on POWs.
  5. History Learning Site UK has information about WWII POWs
  6. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has statistics and information on POWs in all major wars in which the US has been involved, as well as information about recovery of MIA soldiers.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the site for more options.
Suicide You will need to differentiate between suicide and death with dignity when searching, especially Catholic or other religious sites.  
  1. Washington State Department of Health Death With Dignity Act
  2. End of Life Washington
  3. PubMed (from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health) has more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from a variety of sources.  Searching is free and open to the public.
  4. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops view of death with dignity
  5. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops view of suicide and depression
  6. Patients Rights Council Information on assisted suicide laws in the USA. 
  7. Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
  8. SAVE Suicide information and prevention
Racism Obviously this is a huge topic, so you may want to narrow down your searches by looking for things like "racism in America" or "history of racism" or even more narrow like "Black Lives Matter" or similar topics.  You may also want to search for "institutional racism" or "systemic racism" or even "racism and mass incarceration" or include another topic keyword.  This is probably the broadest topic and you will need to be purposeful in your searching to find sources that are relevant and helpful to your topic.  I've given you general search results here, but know there are also 100s of magazine and newspaper articles from credible sources (New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Washington Post, etc) that can help you.
  1. Anti-Defamation League page on racism.  Explore this website as there's a ton of useful information, depending on your focus.
  2. United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Information on global impacts of racism and the UNOHCHR responses.
  3. Just Facts This is non-profit site that researches and publishes credible and verifiable information about leading public policy issues affecting the world today.
  4. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) page on human rights and racial justice.  Like the ADL, this website is filled with useful information, so explore other issues related to racial justice that the ACLU deals with.  
    
AS WITH ANYTHING -- PLEASE ASK FOR DIRECTION IF YOU NEED IT.  That's what I'm here for!
Keep scrolling for other useful sources, including presentation tools beyond just Prezi and Powerpoint.


General Resources In addition to our databases and the specific resources listed above, you can use the following for your research

InstaGrok is the coolest educational search engine I've ever seen.  The information is curated and presents in a mind map format.  After  you click on InstaGrok, go to "Log in." Select "student" from the drop down menu and create your username and password.  Under class code write "LibraryResearch" and now you can save your searches, pin sources, take notes, and create your bibliography.

USA.gov is a directory site to government services and agencies. It's easy to navigate and leads you to other reliable sources that will allow you to research your topic. It covers anything and everything, from finding gas prices in a particular area to calculating your grade point average. You can learn where the nearest farmer's market is and you can learn how to incorporate your business. If you're doing research, this is a great place to explore! 

The U.S. Census Bureau offers so much! You can find out where the most babies are being born, where the most construction is happening, how many people died in your state last year, what's the current status on marriage and divorce, how many veterans are there, and more. This statistical playground is a minefield of evidence for any well-supported research!


ipl2 is a site that many reference librarians use to help their patrons find trustworthy sites.  You can find information here on just about anything, and it's really easy to use!  Though the site recently stopped updating information,you can still search and use the information already archived.




Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.


How do I cite those sources?!  Go to The OWL at Purdue University for the best, and most up-to-date information on MLA format.





Creativity 
and Presentation Resources
Now that you've compiled all that information -- how are you going to present it?  There's always Prezi or Powerpoint, but maybe for variety, you want to to try one of these resources.  My favorites are Piktochart (which creates awesome infographics) and Animoto (professional-looking short videos)



Animoto Easy and quick way to make engaging videos.  Choose from a variety of templates, insert your own text, photos, and music or choose from pre-selected ones on the website.  Free accounts allow students to create 30 second videos.  Teachers can sign up for free educator accounts that allow for a limited number of student accounts to create longer videos. 
Piktochart is an awesome tool to create free, full color, totally customizable infographics.  Why have a boring list of statistics when you can make an infographic?!   
 Plotagon  Create an animated movie from just writing a written script. Write your story, choose characters, setting, and music.  Press play and your movie is done!
 Timeline Using a Google spreadsheet, create visually appealing, interactive timelines.  Embed videos, photos, text, and more.  


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