Researching a topic using the academic search complete database

 

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Research Topic:  Find two (2) full academic articles related to The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Do not use Amazon, Wikipedia, or Barnes & Noble.

Researching a Topic Using the Academic Search Complete Database

  1. Go to database through Evergreen’s library site and type in the book’s title and any other search criterion, i.e., “racism,” “social activism,” or “education”.  
  2. Look for articles from such sources as The New York Time Book Review or other academic journals.  
  3. The article should offer some analysis of the book and not be just a “This book is good” or “This book is bad”.  For example, the article may say something along the lines of the book still being relevant.  
  4. Use various keywords to try different searches and to locate articles about your book. Once you’ve selected and read a useful article, compose the following:
    • An MLA style citation for the article source as you would list it in your works cited. *
    • A 125-word (1/2 page) paragraph in which you summarize the article in your own words.
    • A 125-word (1/2 page) paragraph in which you evaluate the article and support your claims: What have you gained by reading this article? Is the information useful to you in your class work? If so, how? If not, why not? Is this a reliable resource (e.g., Who is the author? Is this a scholarly or a popular resource?)? Is the article well written? Why or why not?**  
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for a second article.
  6. Staple your typewritten work and the first page of each article to this cover sheet.

You will submit this assignment as a single document.  At the very least, your assignment will be 2 pages in length, but you may go longer if your summary or evaluation goes over a half-page each.

* for more information about MLA documentation rules, please see here (Links to an external site.).

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** for more information about evaluating the reliability of your sources, particularly web pages, please see here (Links to an external site.).

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