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:
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.
License information: these images can be used to support classroom learning, in classroom presentations and reports, and in face-to-face settings. They may not be posted online unless they are behind a password on a classroom site.
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.
This tool allows you to search for images and sound recordings from a variety of sources including Google Images, Flickr, Wikimedia, and YouTube. Be sure to check the use permissions for any image you choose.
Free Creative Commons images licensed for public use, with attributions included. One of the fastest and easiest ways to find a properly attributed image.
For additional reference on finding and citing images, consult our Image Search and Citation guide.
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” insite:nytimes.com
Use site: to limit by domain e.g. “global warming” site:.edu
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. related:www.worldwildlife.org
Use Google Scholar for academic journals and scholarly publications
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.
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.
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.