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This research guide will point you toward print/online research resources and strategies available to you for your Research Paper Assignment in this First Year Seminar. Use this guide throughout the research process to help you have the best support

Gathering Information

People (use people to learn about the movement)

  • -Ayaan Hirisi Ali
  • -Martin Luther King
  • -César Chávez

Movement (use information about the movement to find people)

  • The Labor Movement 1930s
  • The Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968
  • The Anti-War Movement 1965-1973
  • The Environmental Movement 1950s-present
  • The Temperance Movement 1851-1933


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Finding Articles

News - if you need primary sources or your person is currently active you may find news articles and magazine exposè helpful 

CRAAP Test (2 evaluate sources)


EX: When researching  The Labor Movement 1930s: 

  • I searched Encyclopedia and found an entry on Wagner Act in 1937 also known as National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
    • The entry mentioned people involved with the movement, “Wagner drafted the new NLRA with the assistance of his legislative aide, Leon Keyserling- American Federation of Labor Counsel =Charlton Ogburn, and NLRB lawyers Calvert Magruder, Philip Levy, and P.G. Phillips. Representative William P. Connery, Jr., sponsored the bill in the House”
  • I searched these names in Historic News Papers:
  • I  looked for books in the library Catalog. An OK  book can lead you to new search terms via the "more like this" section which may help you find great books on your subject matter.  
    • su: Labor movement United States.













Book: Restoring the power of union: it takes a movement      Call #: HD6508 .G38 2010   

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