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Honors Identity and Culture in Modern U.S. History: Getting Started

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Your username is your EA username (your email address before the @) and

your password is your EA password (same as your EA email password). 

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Brainstorming Worksheet
Treat this as "scratch paper" as you begin gathering information on topic area of interest to you.

You can use these reference databases as a starting point:


You cannot use information found here as one of your FINAL sources for your research paper.    



You can some of these familiar databases to explore topics:

Click on View Subject Index
Click on Explore by Time Periods
    Click on Browse Topics

You should LIMIT the amount of sources found here in your final bibliography.           




Don't tie yourself to a topic
a thorough evaluation of

available sources. 

Your sources will ultimately determine
the direction
of your paper!


College-Level Starting Points

Reading historiographic essays can be a good way for you to understand and explore how other historians have studied a certain topic. Engaging in a literature review will:

  • Reveal influential books, papers, and scholars that shaped the field of study.
  • Describe current trends and mainstream interpretations.
  • Allow you to position yourself in the field for your own research and analysis.

Good research stands on the shoulders of others. Collectively, this builds our "World of Knowledge." When you submit your paper to your teacher, you are offering YOUR knowledge and expertise to this World of Knowledge!

History Compass

History Compass is an online journal that publishes historiographic essays. Unfortunately, EA does not currently subscribe to this title. However, you can still view each essay's abstract to peruse possible topics. Email Ms. Yu the link to any essay of interest, and she will download the PDF for you.

Click here to view essays concerning United States in History Compass.
Hint: if using the search box, change your search from "Anywhere" to "This Journal."


Books are a valuable source of information for history research.
Click here to read more.

You may come across some books that provide excerpts of different books. These anthologies can be a quick way to survey (book) literature surrounding a topic. The way the editor selected and organized these excerpts represents the editor's argument. The book below is an example of an anthology that closely relates to this particular class.

Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study
Table of Contents and Example Used in Class

The Bedford Series in History & Culture

This series collects and compiles primary sources around topics of popular interest to historians. Click on "Contents" to view documents compiled in each series collection.

Want the physical book in your hands? Email Ms. Yu.



Course Readings

Last (but not least), consider reviewing the readings you covered in class! Your teacher specifically selected books and articles that explore identity and culture in Modern History. If something sparked your interest or curiosity, you could revisit the source and/or topic.