Library: Upper School History
NEW: Make a research appointment with Ms. Morrison! Be sure to include your availability.
Tips: Research takes time, be patient. If you use Google, try using multiple search terms, advanced search and Google Scholar. Remember the Library Catalog now has websites and links to online databases right in the catalog! (see Ms. Morrison for tips on using the catalog) Check out the following resources:
- Online Databases
- Use EasyBib! (Register from MPH first time)
- Get help with thesis statements, formatting and writing your research paper from the Online Writing Lab (permission to use from Purdue University)
Explore history topics
- Mr. Twomey-Smith's website
- Use the MPH Library Catalog to find books and websites. Try WEBPATH EXPRESS
- In the 900s section of the REFERENCE collection, you will find various encyclopedia, atlases and Timelines. Ask a librarian to help you locate your topic here.
- BRITANNICA ONLINE is an excellent encyclopedia resource.
- Link to Mr. Stegeman's blog
- Register for EasyBib (first time must be from MPH)
- Download the EasyBib IOS or Android App for your mobile device!
- Watch EasyBib tutorial for exporting bibliographic info from an online database into EasyBib. See also tutorials that use examples for exporting from GALE and JSTOR
- How to copy and paste a citation into EasyBib
- Get world topic ideas by era/date and location/geography or World History Matters
- Find resources related to AP World History including themes, study guides and resources
- Link to Mr. Stegeman's site
- Tips for doing History research, and writing papers, from the Online Writing Lab
- Biographical info on nearly everyone in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1607 to 1775 can be found in Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
- Colonial Williamsburg is a great site full of early American history
- Use the MPH Library catalog KEYWORD SEARCH to locate books on your topic be sure to also click on WEBSITES in the catalog - you can limit your results to high school only.
- Mr. Salter's website & assignments
- Looking for Primary Documents? Browse the collections of the Library of Congress for images, letters, forms pamphlets and more documentation of American History.
- The library has resources on the Supreme court for your LTP.
- Cornell law school's hypertext annotated constitution based on content from the Congressional Research Service (and Library of Congress). Amazing content here!
- Descriptions of all the Marshall court cases can be found in these REFERENCE books: THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE SUPREME COURT & AMERICAN JUSTICE (3 vols).
- The almanac online has summaries of some landmark cases
- Use the date of your case to search the Chicago-Kent college of law
- History.net discusses the impact of the 9 Greatest Supreme Court Justices and some of their decisions and PBS also has summaries of landmark cases
- For biographical information and discussion of specific decisions, type your topic into WEBPATH EXPRESS in the library catalog.
- Your textbook online, The American Nation, has student resources including end of chapter quizzes, multiple choice questions, T/F, essays and related websites.
MUN - Locating data for MUN papers can be challenging, try these tips:
- For current events & international perspectives begin with In Context (requires username and password to access. See handout or Ms. Morrison)
- Try GOOGLE but LIMIT by FILETYPE. For example in the search box type: "Thailand HIV filetype:pdf" to get health and statistical reports. Sort by date for most recent info.
- The New York Times is a great source for issues like modern slavery and human trafficking. But it can be tricky to find them. See a librarian for help!
The following sites have proven helpful to MUN students:
- The World Health Organization reports on health conditions and matters in all of its member countries.
- The CIA World FactBook a reliable site for basic facts, figures, and comparisons between countries.
- The BBC’s Country Profiles similar to the CIA World FactBook, but easier to navigate also can find recent news on your topic from an international perspective at the main site.
- The U.S. Department of State a thorough and up-to-date overview of every country with its Background Notes.
- The Library of Congress’ Portals to the World a compilation of links to the best online resources about countries, great for those seeking a deeper understanding of a country
- The University of Richmond’s Constitution Finder read countries’ constitutions in either English or the original language.
- NationMaster compiles data from sources like the CIA World Factbook, UN and OECD, and allows you to compare data from one country to another.
- The International Monetary Fund recent economic news and data about countries.
- GeoHive breaks down census numbers by country and by topic.
Still having trouble locating data? See Mrs. Morrison, I'm happy to help!
Have an MUN resource or search tip to share? email Mrs. Morrison and I'll add your link