History: MOdern worLd - Muckraking (Cooke, Jacobs)


DATABASES WITH overviews and articles

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Newspaper articles only (no overviews)


Citation Basics:

  • Citation means crediting information from a source that you used in your research and writing. When you cite, you are giving some identifying information about the source you used.

  • Citation has 2 aspects; you must do BOTH:

  1. Rewrite ideas from the source (change words and sentence structure) OR provide a direct quotation ("...using quotes").

  2. Give credit to the information source. You must do this even if you put the information in your own words.

  • A variety of citation styles exist for different fields of study. For this project, use MLA 8 citation style with footnotes.

Citation Generators:

To create your MLA 8 Works Cited list, try one of these citation generators:

NOTE: Databases provide completed citations, so you do not need to enter the individual database elements into a citation generator's fields. Just copy and paste the entire database citation into the citation generator.



Tips for CQ Researcher

  • Check that the article is fairly recent (probably published in the last 5 years). Some topics will not have a recent article in CQ Researcher: In that case, go to Opposing Viewpoints or SIRS.

  • Do not print the entire report.

In CQ Researcher, choose MLA Citation:

  • Click Cite Now! on the top right side of the page.

  • Choose MLA from the Menu at the top of the box.

  • Copy and paste the MLA citation on your Works Cited page.

These are the most useful CQ menu items for this assignment-------------------------------------------->

CQ Report Menu Description. The most helpful items are: Overview (Statistics, stories), Current Situation (What's happening now), Outlook (Possible future solutions), Short Features (Articles about specific situations related to the topic), and Maps/Graphs (Visual graphics that fulfill the image requirements).

Tips for SIRS

  • Using the blue links at the top left, you can sort by date or relevance.

  • Check out the subject links at the bottom of the page. If a subject seems to fit your topic well, then click it for more relevant results.

These are the most useful SIRS menu items for this assignment---------------------------------------------->

SIRS Menu description: The best menu items for this assignment are: Newspapers, Reference, and Multimedia / Statistics.

General Search Tips

Quotation Marks

Use quotations to find an exact phrase. For example:

“body image”

“global warming”

“gun control”

“Supreme Court”

Advanced Search and Sorting Results

Most databases provide links or a drop-down menu to sort by relevance or date.

Most databases offer a link called Advanced or Advanced Search. Using Advanced Search, you can:

      • limit the date range

      • limit the document type

      • refine your keyword search


Truncation means that a symbol is added to the end of a word root (when searching in a database). The symbol is usually an asterisk * and it tells the database to search for all forms of that word.

For example, if you type censor* in a database's search box, then you will get articles with all instances of the word censor, such as:

  • censor

  • censors

  • censored

  • censoring

  • censorship

Note: using an asterisk to truncate does not work in the New York Times database.