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About this Project

As you explore your topic, here are the things you will need to be considering:

Historical context: What are the political, economic, and/or social roots of this issue?

Current realities/ Community observations/ Interview(s):

  • What are the problems or inequities? What are the needs to be met?
  • What is currently being done about this issue? What are the responses by the local/national/international community?
  • Who is currently working on this issue or in this field? What is s/he doing in response to the needs outlined above?

Analysis/conclusion: Based on what you have learned about needs and responses to your issue, what is your assessment of how this issue is being addressed? Where are the gaps between needs and responses? What actions could help address some of those gaps?

Using NoodleTools

When creating a project, Use the Chicago Style and the Jr level

Be sure to share your project with your teacher

As you cite, there is a box in each entry where you can add your annotation. This is where you explain why that resource is useful

Useful Databases and Websites

These databases will give you a good background for your topic, allowing you to better interview 


Don't forget to look through our catalog for books with historic and background information.

Helpful Hints

Before you run upstairs to grab your book, take a moment to look over the "record" -- the page you see when you click on a book's title. The record will give you information to decide if this book will be useful to you, including subject headings which will tell you the big themes of the book and, in many cases, a summary, a table of contents, or editorial reviews. Ask yourself:

  • Is this book relevant​Does it look like I will find substantive information about my topic? 
  • Is this book recentWhen was the book published? For some topics, this may not be very important, but for others it will be key. If you are researching same sex marriage in America, a book published in 1999 (before same sex marriage was legal), a book published in 2005 (when same sex marriage was only legal in Massachusetts), and a book published in 2015 (when same sex marriage was legalized in every state) will have very different information on your topic.



This resource guide was created by Laura Pearle.