This research guide was created especially for your WWII research essay. Within this guide are several excellent information resources, along with helpful tips for citations and works cited creation. If you have any questions or come across broken links, please see Ms. Forfa. Happy researching!
Your Assignment: Write a 5 paragraph essay including an introduction and a conclusion paragraph, and 3 body paragraphs. Each body paragraph will need 2 pieces of cited evidence to prove your topic sentence.
All sources should be cited in MLA format, and you will need a Works Cited page in MLA format as well.
Rough Draft: April 2
Final Draft: April 9
Topic Choices: Your choices are listed below with some points you may want to consider in your research. Remember, you will need evidence to prove every one of your arguments.
1. African Americans and WWII
2. Native Americans and WWII
3. Women and WWII
4. Animals and the war
5. The war and art
6. The war in the sky
7. New inventions and products
8. Victory gardens
Whenever you do research, it is important to spend some time thinking about how you will approach your topic. Read through your topic 2-3 times, then brainstorm. What do you already know? What keywords or search terms come to mind? How can you make your topic less specific or more specific? Write down all your thoughts! This step will help you when it comes time to search for information. Also, consider the fact that research is more effective with strong search strings. Avoid typing your entire topic into Google or a database search- you won't get very good results.
Here's an example:
My chosen topic from the assignment sheet: African Americans and WW2
1. Highlight important words and phrases
2. Brainstorm possible search terms, keywords, and broader/narrower terms, prior knowledge
3. Possible search strings to try
Hint: use the words AND/OR to help piece your search terms together. Use parentheses to separate term clusters.