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Library Research Assignment (LRA) #1
LRA 1: Essential Guidelines
HIST 105, RCI, F-2016, RC Weller
40 pts (4% of overall grade)

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*Write your answers out in a separate document, numbering the questions and answers clearly as
shown/instructed. When finished, save your work in WORD document format and upload it in the Dropbox on
Bb. Be sure that you have completed the assignment properly before uploading it on Blackboard. You cannot
*Be sure to include the standard assignment heading for this and all assignments at the very top of your paper,
as follows:
HIST 105, RCI (___ am/pm), F-2016, Dr. Weller
Name of Assignment, Due Date
Your Full Name, WSU ID, WSU Email Address, Row #
Q1: List five contemporary issues in which you are interested. They should be topics or
stories which have been in the news within the past year (2015-2016). Your selected
topics/stories cannot be vague and general. (For example, “Racism in the World Today” or “Global
Warming and Climate Change.”) They must be about *specific* issues, that is, issues involving specific
political, national, ethnic, religious, cultural, racial, gender, sexual or other groups in specific places at
specific times. (For example, “The Problem of Human and Child Trafficking in India,” “The Rise of ISIS in
Middle Eastern and Global Affairs,” or “The Crisis of Melting Tundra across Alaska, Northern Canada, and
List the topics as if they were titles for a research paper (5-10 words each). Be sure to number each
answer (1A- First Topic Title; 1B- Second Topic Title; 1C- Third Topic Title; 1D- Fourth Topic Title; 1EFifth
Topic Title). Use specific facts from the State of the World Atlas and/or specific news stories from the
following world news sites to help you if needed:
Q2: Select Your Research Topic from the list above and Name the Two Course Themes with
which it most clearly, directly connects. This course employs five broad themes common to all who
live in contemporary global society and those who have lived in centuries past. They are: 1- humans and the
environment, 2- “our shrinking world” (which refers to ‘global interconnectedness’), 3- inequality (racial,
gender, sexual, and other), 4- diverse ways of thinking (between religions, cultures, civilizations, or about
politics, economic systems, etc.) and conflict (religious, cultural, ethnic, racial, political, etc.).
Library Research Assignment (LRA) #1
As above, your selected research topic cannot be vague and general. (For example, “Racism in the World
Today” or “Global Warming and Climate Change.”) It must be about a *specific* issue, that is, an issue
involving specific political, national, ethnic, religious, cultural, racial, gender, sexual or other groups in
specific places at specific times. (For example, “The Problem of Human and Child Trafficking in India,” “The
Rise of ISIS in Middle Eastern and Global Affairs,” or “The Crisis of Melting Tundra across Alaska, Northern
Canada, and Siberia.”). After stating research topic, explain briefly how at least 2 of these themes relate to/tie
into your chosen topic (30-50 words total). Clearly distinguish the two parts of this question as
2A- Research Topic (5-10 words)
2B- Connection to Two Course Themes (30-50 words total)
Q3: Locate and Cite one Newspaper Article which relates to your selected research topic to
use as a ‘Contemporary Documentary Source’ in your Final Research Paper (FRP)
Go to the WSU Library Newspapers LibGuide on the WSU Library website. (If you need help finding the
location, ask a librarian.) In the large middle column, go down to the third link and click on Lexis Nexis
Academic (the Libraries’ most comprehensive newspaper source). Search for newspaper articles by opening
the “Search the News” search box at the bottom left. Be sure to choose “source type” and limit your search
to only newspapers). [see Part I:Database Specific Video Tutorials]
Once you locate a newspaper article in the LexusNexus database which relates to your
selected research topic, in the textbox below, cite the article using the Chicago Style
bibliographic (not footnotes) citation format. Your newspaper article must be less than five
years old. (Be sure to ‘Bookmark’ this RCI Chicago-style page for quick reference. Unless otherwise directed,
use only this page and the Purdue OWL site (introduced later) for this series of research assignments.) Your
citation should include a URL and state the “date accessed” (see the Chicago-style reference page). Note that
you CANNOT simply cut and paste the URL from the browser’s address bar. From the proper URL for the
article, click on the ‘Copy Document’ icon in the upper right (looks like a clipboard with a chain). Follow the
instructions to get your URL.
Not only do you need to cite the URL correctly for this assignment, but you will need to have access to this
article in the future to complete your other LRAs and Final Research Paper (FRP). For that reason, you should
consider downloading or printing the article now, though it is not required for this particular assignment.
3A: Newspaper Article Citation (Chicago Style) Example: Fitrat, Samantha. “ISIS Goes Global.” New
York Times, Nov. 13, 2015. URL: http://www.nytimes.com/……… Date accessed: Jan 22, 2016.
Q4: Locate and then provide the correct Chicago-style bibliographic citation for two topic
relevant books (single- or co-authored volumes only; no ‘edited’ volumes). Label your
citations 4A and 4B. For Chicago-style, use ‘notes/bibliography style’, in ‘bibliographic’
form (NOT footnotes/endnotes). For help understanding the difference between a ‘single-authored
volume’ and an ‘edited volume’, see the “*Note” at the end of Q6 below.
*You must obtain (or be able to access electronically) a copy of each book.
*Under each book citation (1A and 1B), enter:
Library Research Assignment (LRA) #1
–the library location (e.g., Holland/Terrell Libraries) and call number (e.g.,
HD34 .B338) for your two books from the “Available at” information bar or under the
“Availability and Request Options” link.
–the Permalink URL for your book (Go to “Availability and Request Options” >
“Actions” > “Permalink”). For electronic books, only enter the Permalink
URL (“Access Options > “Actions” > “Permalink”).
–the “interlibrary loan request number” if you ordered your book through Summit
or ILLiad.
*Citation example in Chicago-Style (Notes & Biblio) for Books:
Smith, John. A History of Education in America, 1636-1992. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 1994.
4A- Scholarly Book (Single- or co-authored volume) Citation #1
4B- Scholarly Book (Single- or co-authored volume) Citation #2
Q5: Using JSTOR and/or Project Muse via the WSU Library website, provide the
correct Chicago-style ‘bibliographic’ citation for TWO scholarly articles published in a
history journal in the last 25 years (i.e. published after 1990) that can help you learn about
the historical roots of your contemporary issue. Label the citations 5A and 5B. For Chicagostyle,
use ‘notes/bibliography style’, in ‘bibliographic’ format (NOT footnotes/endnotes).
*Citation example in Chicago-Style (Notes & Biblio) for Journal Articles:
Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.”
American Journal of Sociology 115 (2009): 405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010.
5A- Scholarly Journal Article Citation #1
5B- Scholarly Journal Article Citation #2
Q6: In order to provide world historical context for your research topic, select *one*
chapter from each of the following two books. You should select the chapters which
best relate to your research topic. Your grade for this question will be determined
based on how well your selected chapters relate to your research topic. Select only
from the chapters listed.
Bentley, Jerry, ed. The Oxford Handbook of World History. Oxford University Press, 2011. (This book is available on
reserve at Terrell-Holland Library; you can go check the book out and make a copy of your selected chapter. Or,
your selected chapter can be requested online via ILL services at https://wsu.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/PUL/illiad.dll.)
Ch 4: Matthew J. Lauzon, “Modernity.” (pp 72-88)
Ch 5: Jurgen Osterhammel, “Globalizations.” (pp 89-104)
Ch 7: David Christian, “World Environmental History.” (pp 125-142)
Ch 8: John A. Mears, “Agriculture.” (pp 143-159)
Ch 14: Kenneth Pomeranz, “Advanced Agriculture.” (pp 246-266)
Ch 10: Charles Tilley, “States, State Transformation, and War.” (pp 176-194)
Ch 11: Marnie Hughes-Warrington, “Genders.” (pp 195-209)
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Ch 12: Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, “Religions and World History.” (pp 210-228)
Ch 13: Daniel R. Headrick, “Technology, Engineering, and Science.” (pp 229-245)
Ch 15: Dirk Hoerder, “Migrations.” (pp 269-287)
Ch 17: P.K. O’Brien, “Industrialization.” (pp 304-324)
Ch 18: J.R. McNeill, “Biological Exchanges in World History.” (pp 325-342)
Ch 19: Jerry H. Bentley, “Cultural Exchanges in World History.” (pp 343-360)
Ch 21: Prasenjit Duara, “Modern Imperialism.” (pp 379-395)
VanHaute, Eric. World History: An Introduction. Routledge, 2013. (This book is available free online via the WSU
library website; your selected chapter can be downloaded with the online tools provided at the book’s reading site.
Note that I have not provided chapter one because you should NOT use chapter one for your study.)
Ch 2: “A Human World: humans and humankind.” (pp 23-45)
Ch 3: “A Natural World: ecology, energy, and growth.” (pp 46-62)
Ch 4: “An Agrarian World: farmers, agriculture, and food.” (pp 63-74)
Ch 5: “A Political World: governance and rulers.” (pp 75-87)
Ch 6: “A Divine World: culture, civilizations and religions.” (pp 88-100)
Ch 7: “A Divided World: The West and The Rest.” (pp 101-121)
Ch 8: “A Global World: globalization or globalizations?” (pp 122-134)
Ch 9: “A Polarized World: development, poverty and inequality.” (pp 135-144)
Ch 10: “A Fragmented World: unity and fragmentation.” (pp 145-159)
After selecting one chapter from each book listed above, cite each selected chapter
according to the example provided below. Number your answers 6A and 6B, as shown. Note
that “xx-yy” = the page numbers for the chapter.
6A: Author Last Name, First Name, “[Selected Chapter Title].” In The Oxford Handbook of
World History, edited by Jerry H. Bentley, xx-yy. Oxford and New York: Oxford University
Press, 2011.
6B: VanHaute, Eric. “[Selected Chapter Title].” In World History: An Introduction, xx-yy.
Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013.
*Note that in 6A the author of the chapter is different from the “editor” of the main book whereas in 6B the author of the chapter
and the book are the same because only one author wrote the entire book, therefore it is not necessary in the second case to repeat the
author’s name twice in the citation. The first book is an ‘edited volume’, where many writers each contribute a single chapter to the
volume and then only one or two of them serves as ‘editor’ to organize and introduce it, while the second book is a ‘monograph’ or
‘single-authored volume’.
Q7: Locate and cite a ‘Primary Source’ document related to your research topic. Your
Primary Source document must have been written before 1950. This can be either a
‘documentary source’ (book, journal article, newspaper article, or popular magazine article) or a
‘non-documentary source’ (diary, letter, speech transcript, interview transcript, personal papers,
etc). You can use WSU Library databases (Historical/Older Newspapers). Your citation should be
in Chicago Style bibliographic format. Since the citation format depends on the type of source
(book, journal article, newspaper article, etc.), you will need to follow the correct format for the
type of source you select. You can consult the LRA 1 or LRA 2 Essential Guidelines or, if needed,
the Chicago Style Quick Reference Guide on Blackboard in the LRA folder. Number your answer
as follows:
7A: Primary Source Citation (Chicago Style, Bibliographic format)
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Q8: Formulate Two Preliminary Research Questions that you hope to answer by the end of your
research. Be sure that your questions are *historically* focused, that is, that they point you
toward a study of the *historical roots* of your selected research topic in order to find the
answers. Do not be vague and general. (For example, “What are the historical roots of my contemporary
issue?”) Be clear and specific. (For example, “When were the first signs of glacial melting observed in the
Arctic?”). Formulate two research questions and number them 3A and 3B. (Read the Part I: Writing
Research Questions and Part I: Roots Research Question Example research guides to aid you in the process
of writing your research questions.)
8A. Research Question One (7-15 words)
8B. Research Question Two (7-15 words)

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