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Jen and Katie's LibGuide for integrating art and US History
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Use the Tools on This Page to Support Student Inquiry

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I-Search Inquiry Method

I-Search is a process that includes four general steps:

  • Selecting a topic - exploring interests, discussing ideas, browsing resources
  • Finding information - generating questions, exploring resources
  • Using information - taking notes, analyzing materials
  • Developing a final product - developing communications, sharing experiences

The I-Search process allows students to select a topic to research within a broad area of study. This powerpoint shows the steps a student might take in the I-Search process while researching current global issues.

Google Search Tips & Lessons

These lessons range from beginner to advanced level. They really break down the search process so students can learn how to get the results they are actually looking for.

This site also has good lessons on assessing credibility.


    Presidential Portrait Paintings Custom Search

    This custom search engine entitled "Presidential Portrait Paintings" is for a specific project described below. It would be appropriate for a secondary level U.S. history class wanting to integrate art and could be done individually, in pairs or as a group.

    Description: Pick a portrait painting of a U.S. President to evaluate. What is your initial reaction to the painting? What does the portrait tell you about that President? How was the President portrayed? Using this custom search engine, research his presidency, the artist who painted the portrait, and art critiquing tips. Then complete a final reflection. What was the artist's intent? Was the President portrayed accurately? Based on your research and what you know about that President, did the artist do a good job? Why? If you said no, what would you have done differently?


    Custom Search: U.S. Immigration

    This search engine was created for middle school and high school teachers to use when they are designing lessons to integrate the arts into studies of immigration in United States History. This search is designed to help teachers and their students create connections between current and historical immigration issues within the United States. Several of the sites include interviews and art about current immigration policies and issues. The site includes everything from a few images that would work well as conversation starters, an online immigration simulation game, and complete lesson plans using photos, primary source documents, and interviews. Many of the sites within the search are student friendly, and teachers may choose to direct their students within; however, due to the number of complete lesson plans within the search, I decided to create this search for teachers as the primary audience.

     To begin searching, try typing in the name of a particular immigrant group, such as Jewish, Italian, or Mexican.

    Here's How To Create Your Own Custom Search

    Determining Credibility

    This Library Learning Commons website has many useful resources for student research. Take a close look at the materials here for determining credibility.


      Thesis Generators

      These thesis generators are online tools. Students can then cut and paste their thesis into a Word document or Google Doc.

      This one comes from the University of Phoenix:

      This one was created by Tom March:


      And this one was created by John McGarvey:


        Make Citations Easier With One of These Tools!


        A Visual Guide to the Inquiry Process


        Digital Poster for Gale's Biography in Context Database


        DuckDuckGo Digital Commercial


        Thesis Development Digital Story


        A Process for Developing Questions


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