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ENGL 1200: Writing II (Gillis): Recommended Resources

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Credo Reference offers several quotation dictionaries.

Find a quotation from history to use as a jumping off point to compare to something of today.  It should related to love and/or war.

For example,

  • Find a quote from the Suffragette Movement at the turn of the century and compare it to the "Me Too" movement
  • Benjamin Franklin's quote "Liberty vs. Security" vs.  the "War on Terror"
  • A song from World War I "Over There"  used as propaganda  vs.  propaganda for going to war in Iraq in 2002
  • Beyonce's song "If I were a boy"  vs.  a song, "My Fate is in Your Hands" by Josephine Baker (singer from 1920's and 30's)


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Web Sources

We know most searches for information start on Google. It's important to remember though, that Google's results are ranked by popularity, not necessarily authority. The best source for your information might not be in the first 20, or even the first 100 results. You can utilize Google's Advanced Search option to help narrow your results from the start:

Use Google's search box structure on the advanced page to enter the related terms in your search (i.e. girls/women/female) and create a Boolean search string (see box to the left)

Use the "Search within a site or domain" box to screen out .com sites

Here are some suggested sites for general information about American Popular Culture by the Decade:

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