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8th grade: Civil Rights Activists Pecha Kucha: Resources

Civil Rights Activists Pecha Kucha

Step 1: Choose a civil rights activist

First you will need to do some background research to get some ideas.

What topic interests you? What person from the recent past or from the present do you admire? Think about some of the individuals or events you discussed in class. There are a lot of people out there who are doing amazing work with little recognition—maybe you can tell that person's story.

For additional inspiration, here are some good places to search:

Step 3: Find images for your presentation

The library subscribes to two image databases. This means that we pay for these images and in turn are given the license to use them within a school setting.

Several sites provide access to images that are either copyright-free or that have been made available for use under certain guidelines. Be sure to look for copyright permissions before using these, as there are a variety of licenses.

For additional reference on finding and citing images, consult our Image Search and Citation guide.

Step 4: Cite your sources

Use NoodleTools to keep track of your sources. Sign in using your school gmail logins. You can find the NoodleTools icon in the waffle menu (those nine dots in the upper right corner) of your G-Suite apps. 



Be sure you are using Chicago style, junior level. Chicago style citation is used in history research papers—if you want to see what this looks like, take a look at the Chicago citation page on the library website. There are minor differences from what you are used to seeing in MLA style citations.

Step 2: Learn about the person you chose

Start by looking in some Menlo databases:

As you start learning more about your person's story, jot down the key events, places, dates, etc. that you can use as search terms to dig deeper throughout your research.

You can also search current and historical newspapers in these news databases:

Search the Catalog for Books

You can search the Menlo Library catalog to find books by or about your chosen individual. Use the terms "biography" or "memoir" to find relevant works.

Can't find the book in our collection? Try searching the San Mateo County Public Library catalog

Search Kanopy for Streaming Films

You can search for a range of films, mostly documentaries, through Menlo's Kanopy subscription. Enter the name of your civil rights activist or a related event in the search bar, or browse by subject. 

Online Searching

You can also search for your person in Google, but be sure you are using authoritative sources!

Wikipedia can be a solid place to start when you are looking through lists of activists, but for your research you should use well-known newspapers and magazines, reputable online news sites, government resources, and the websites of involved organizations.

Annotated bibliography

Main components:

Your annotated bibliography should be a 4-6 sentence paragraph that includes

1) A brief summary and the main points of the source

2) An evaluation of the source, e.g. who is the author or group that created the source and what makes them credible?

3) A reflection and your use of the source, e.g. how does the source inform your research and presentation?

Here is a sample annotated bibliography:

To view additional annotated bibliography examples, see the Sample Pages on our Chicago Citation guide.

Google Searching Tips

  • Use quotation marks around words or phrases for an exact match e.g. “Russian Revolution”

  • Use a ~ before a word/phrase to pull up synonyms e.g. ~“global warming” will also include climate change, etc.

  • Use a hyphen before a word to eliminate it from a search e.g. “global warming” -hoax 

  • Use insite: to limit by website e.g. “global warming”

  • Use site: to limit by domain e.g. “global warming”

  • Use filetype: to search by a specific file or extension type e.g. filetype:pdf

  • Use intitle: e.g. searching for intitle:russian revolution stalin ensures EACH term shows in the title

  • Put related: in front of a site to find other, similar sites e.g.

  • Use Google Scholar for academic journals and scholarly publications