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Winter 2012

Books: If you know nothing about a topic, the best place for an overview is frequently the encyclopedias! Become familiar with your topic by using the World Book Encyclopedia, which can be found on the “Database” page of the Media Blog. Use the button at the top of this page.

Reputable databases: Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page. This is another free database that has quality information: IDEA Database: IDEA Database:http://www.idebate.org/index.php

Values and Beliefs—Social Movements
Anti-War / Peace-
Using the Media Center’s database do a phrase search on: ‘Anti-War Movement’. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Environmentalism / Conservation
Using the Media Center’s database do a keyword search on Environmentalism or Conservation. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Feminist/Women’s Rights.
Using the Media Center’s databases do a phrase search: ‘Women’s Rights’ AND ‘American feminism’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Civil Rights
Using the Media Center’s databases do a phrase search ‘Civil Rights Movement’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Using the Media Center’s databases, do a keyword search on PETA or a phrase search for ‘People for the ethical Treatment of Animals’ PETA or ‘Animal Experimentation’

Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyles.
Using the Media Center’s databases a keyword search on Vegan or veganism, or vegetarianism. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Hippy/Flower Power.
Using the Media Center’s databases a keyword search on: Hippies, or phrase ‘Flower Power’Wartime Dissent’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Wall Street Occupation.
New York Daily News blog. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/10/wall-street-welcome-to-the-occupation
Forbes. “The Wall Street Occupiers: What do Occupiers Want? Phase Change”. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/10/25/what-do-the-occupiers-want-phase-change/
The Christian Post “Who are they and What do they want?” http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-wall-street-occupiers-who-are-they-and-what-do-they-want-57509/
The Washington Post.“Occupy this: Six culprits for economic injustice and inequality in America” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/occupy-what-else-six-new-culprits-for-economic-inequality-in-america/2011/11/01/gIQAFiQvjM_story.html

Social Security
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase search: ‘Social Security’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Welfare. Choose a topic within the larger issue.
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: ‘Welfare state’, ‘welfare entitlements’, ‘workfare’, ‘Medicaid’ (related topic) Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Health Care
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: ‘Welfare state’, ‘welfare entitlements’, ‘workfare’, ‘Medicaid’ (related topic) Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Alternative Power Sources (Nuclear Power, Wind Power, Solar Power)
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.
U. S. Dept. Of Energy. The History of Nuclear Energy
http://energy.gov/
World Nuclear Association. (Industry association)
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf54.html
Issues & Controversies. Nuclear power for the 21st. Century. http://www.2facts.com/icof_story.aspx?PIN=i1500270&term=Nuclear+Power+for+the+21st+Century
Bloomberg Business Week. A look at Japan’s history of nuclear power trouble
Associated Press. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9M0VHR82.htm
CNN. Briefing: Nuclear Power.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/04/17/Nuclear.briefing/
Time magazine.  Why No Nukes? The Real Cost of U.S. Nuclear Power
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2059453,00.html
Audubon’s Position on Wind Power http://www.audubon.org/content/audubons-position-wind-power
This web site is the online center for public information and involvement in the Wind Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Wind Energy Programmatic EIS).
The United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has prepared a FinalProgrammatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)to evaluate issues associated with wind energy development on Western public lands (excluding Alaska) administered by the BLM. This web site is the online center for public information and involvement in the EIS process.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cooperated in the preparation of this Programmatic EIS in support of the BLM’s efforts. http://windeis.anl.gov/guide/concern/index.cfm
The Impact of Solar Energy  http://www.ehow.com/about_5437044_environmental-impact-solar-panels.html
National Space Society  http://www.nss.org/settlement/ssp/index.htm

Abortion Rights
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: ‘abortion rights’ or abortion or ‘Plan B’ or ‘partial birth abortion’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Gay Rights
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: ‘abortion rights’ or abortion or ‘Plan B’ or ‘partial birth abortion’ Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Technology
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.engin.design.techsociety/the-impact-of-technology-society/

Computers
Lecture notes from a computer science class at Virginai tech. Social.Impact.
Basic Info: http://tinyurl.com/2rg42k
The Impact of Computer
http://computerimpact.tripod.com/

Internet Use
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: “Internet use and affect on society”
“Behind the wave: Consequences of the Digital Age” by Christopher H. Schmitt and others http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SIL2220-0-5229&artno=0000018926&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=social%20change%20AND%20electronic%20devices&title=Behind%20the%20Wave%3A%20Consequences%20of%20the%20Digital%20Age&res=Y&ren=N&gov=N&lnk=N&ic=N
Wireless Communications( Cell phones, Blackberries, iPods, MP3 players, etc.)
“How Wireless Communication Changed the World” by Chris Joseph, Demand Media. The Houston Chronicle.
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/wireless-communication-changed-world-33596.html

“The Impact of Cell Phone use on Social Networking and Development among college students” by Mikiyasu Hakoama & Shotaro Hakoyama. The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Journal (The AABSS Journal, 2011, Volume 15)   The AABSS Impact of Cell Phones on Society

Air Travel
http://tinyurl.com/34vn64 see section on ‘social influence’ to start.

Transistors
http://tinyurl.com/2lnbwe
http://worldbookonline.com/advanced/search?st1=transistors&x=0&y=0&searchprop=atk
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7090811.stm
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Microchips (also: semiconductors or integrated circuits)
Basic info: http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa080498.htm
http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/elibweb/curriculum/do/results?set=search&source=&maxresultsperpage=0&start=1&secondaryNav=
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Lasers
Using the Media Center’s databases, do phrase searches for: Lasers. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Robotics
Pick an aspect or topic. Read broadly and then focus on an application like space exploration (Mars Rover), robotic manufacturing (local Genesis Mfg. makes robotic assembly equipment for Ford and GM, etc.), ‘military robotics’
http://www.roboticstrends.com/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/computers_math/robotics/

Television.
Read widely and choose a topic: Impact of television on children; violence in television; sexual content; moral content; positive aspects of television, etc.
Overview and timelines:   http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelevision.htm
FCC site: http://www.encyclopedia.com/article-1G2-2687300020/television-impact-american-society.html
http://mediasmarts.ca/television/televisions-impact-kids

Automobiles.
Read widely and choose a topic. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Rockets
Read widely and decide on a topic: Military use, space exploration, weather research, etc. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Space travel
Read widely and choose a topic: Military use of space; Mars exploration; Lunar settlement, etc
History of human space travel; http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/collections/space_exploration
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Electricity.
Read widely and decide on a topic: Electrical generation, pollution caused by electrical generation, terrorism threat to electrical grid, power blackouts, etc. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Skyscraper
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Antibiotics
List of different antibiotics: http://tinyurl.com/2ntxzv
History of Antibiotics http://www.experiment-resources.com/history-of-antibiotics.html
CDC.   http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html

Nanotechnology
Discovery Channel. What is Nanotechnology?  http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/nanotechnology.htm
National Nanotechnology Initiative. How is nanotechnology used? http://www.nano.gov/

Changes in the Environment
Chicago Fire of 1871
http://www.chicagohs.org/history/fire.html
http://history1800s.about.com/od/urbanconditions/a/chicagofire.htm
http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1740.html
1906 San Francisco Earthquake
http://www.sfmuseum.org/1906/06.html
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1906/18april/index.php
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/sf-earthquake-and-fire/

Johnstown Flood of 1899
http://www.nps.gov/jofl
http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/cambria/p/johnstown_flood.htm

Hurricane Katrina 2005
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/katrina/
http://www.nola.com/katrina/
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/natural-disasters/4219861
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Dust Bowl 1930’s
http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/dustbowl/
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Mount St. Helens Volcanic Eruption 1980
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1007_041007_mtsthelens_recap.html
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/msh/
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Galveston Hurricane 1900 : ‘Galveston Hurricane’ AND 1900
http://www.1900storm.com/
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/galveston.htm
http://www.history.noaa.gov/stories_tales/cline2.html

California Earthquake 1989
http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/articles/264/
http://www.sfmuseum.org/1906/89.html
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1999/fs151-99/

Midwest Flood 2008
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research or MCEER is sponsored by State University of New York at Buffalo.   http://mceer.buffalo.edu/infoservice/disasters/iowa-flood-news-statistics.asp
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/midwest_floods_june2008.pdf

Natural Disasters
Search the ELibrary database for news articles about the New Zealand and Japan quake and its social impact.   Search Issues and Controversies, & SIRS for background information.
BBC News: New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12533291
U. S Geological Survey. Magnitude 6.3 – SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usb0001igm/
Government of Australia.  Impact of Natural Disasters
http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/natural-disasters
World Bank.  Complementing Natural Disasters Management: The Role of Social Protection.http://siteresources.worldbank.org/SOCIALPROTECTION/Resources/SP-Discussion-papers/Social-Risk-Management-DP/0543.pdf
Science Daily News. Social effects of Hurricane Katrina. This is a series of articles dealing with the sort and long-term effects of Katrina.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/s/social_effects_of_hurricane_katrina.htm
Social networks and reduction of risk in disasters: An example of Wenchuan earthquake
Zhao, Yandong
Institute of Science, Technology and Society,
Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development
Social Impact after the Wenchuan Earthquake

Wars and Conquest
World War II
Overview: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/world-war-ii-overview
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii
PICK a topic to explore! Break it down to a small topic.
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war. Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Korean War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/coldwar/korea_hickey_01.shtml
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war.Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

The Cold War
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

The Vietnam War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A715024
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war.
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Gulf War 1990
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war.
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page.

Sept. 11th. Terrorist Attacks.
Be aware when searching that the date may be expressed as ‘9-11’ and ‘9/11’
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war.
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. http://mhs.molineschools.org/media/catalogsresearch/databases/
National Park Service: Responding to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
911
THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT. Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. GPO-911REPORT

BBC News “Quick Guide:Afghanistan”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5140380.stm
BBC News “Struggle for Iraq”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special_reports/struggle_for_iraq/
Council on Foreign Relations. This is an interactive site. You enter the “Region” you want to learn about into the search box and different media are presented.
http://www.cfr.org/publication/by_type/interactive.html?filter=280&groupby=0&filter=405
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.
As an independent and nonpartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
CNAS is located in Washington, DC, and was established in February 2007 by Co-founders Kurt Campbell and Michele Flournoy.   http://www.cnas.org/search/site/Afghanistan
The New York Times Newspaper
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/iraq/index.html

Political Uprisings.
On the database page of the Media Center blog, use the World Book Encyclopedia to search for articles about this war.
Use the Media Center’s databases (ELibrary, History Study Center, Issues and Controversies and SIRS) to find reputable and accurate articles about your topic. Click on the “Databases” button on the top of this page. (also use keyword ‘dissidents’ or “political dissidents’ or political protests, protesters, etc.
CNN-World Politics
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/
BBC – World News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/
Time magazine – World
http://www.time.com/time/world

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