History: Pop Culture - RESEARCH PAPEr (Shen)


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These are possible places to locate primary sources. The article you find here may or may not qualify as a primary source for your topic. You must make that determination.

Possible Primary Sources - Online:

(Coverage: 1980-present)

(Coverage: 1985-present)

  • U.S. History in Context (Gale) - After doing a search, look for a link to the Primary Sources Content Type. (If there are no primary sources for your search, the link will not be there)

Possible Primary Sources - on cart:

  • American Decades Primary Sources

  • The Times of the Sixties, Seventies, or Eighties



Citation Basics:

Citation means crediting info from a source that you used. To cite, you provide identifying information about the source.

Citation has 2 aspects; you must do BOTH:

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

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

Citation Generators:

For this project, use MLA 9 citation style with footnotes.

NOTE: Databases provide completed citations. Just export the citation to NoodleTools or copy/paste into the citation generator.


As you search and skim, write down keywords that could help you find more information. Try those keywords in a search.

Using additional keywords in a search may help you narrow search results (so you have a more manageable number to skim and scan).

For example, if you were researching "Walt Disney," then you might find keywords such as:

Disneyland animation

Mickey Mouse legacy

Donald Duck criticism

Steamboat Willie (film)

The above keywords might help you find more information for the topic of "Walt Disney." They could also help narrow your topic to a more specific aspect of his work and how it was received.