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Modern Governments Research Project

Study for the IX Triennale of Milan Created by Luciano Baldessari. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 
quest.eb.com/search/135_855184/1/135_855184/cite. Accessed 1 May 2017.

Project Description

Goals:

  1. Conduct research on a topic, related to either economics or the arts, that interests you.

  2. Demonstrate what you have learned and researched through a written report on your topic.

 

Steps to Achieve Goals:

  1. Choose a topic that interests you, here are some suggestions. You may choose another topic, but you have to get approval from Dr. C before beginning your research.

  2. Check with Dr. Cochran to make sure your topic is acceptable.

  3. Choose one of the two paper options.

  4. Find sources of information on your topic using the project LibGuide.

  5. Cite these sources using NoodleTools.

  6. Use the skills we have practiced for annotating non-fiction texts and note-taking to identify the important information on your topic from the sources you have used.

  7. Use the skills we have practiced for avoiding plagiarism to take notes notes in your own words and then to write a report on your topic.

 

Final Products:

  1. Option 1

    1. A properly formatted, 3+ page research paper.

    2. A properly formatted bibliography, with three different sources, and at least two different types of sources.

  2. Option 2

    1. A properly formatted, 1-2 page research paper.

    2. A properly formatted bibliography, with three different sources, and at least two different types of sources.

 

Important Things to Remember Before You Begin:

  • You must choose one of the two options before you begin your research.  You may not change your choice after you begin.

  • All due dates and grading rubrics are on Schoology.

  • Read all instructions carefully, this includes rubrics.

  • Read the NoodleTools Notes on the LibGuide.

  • You must have at least THREE different sources, and TWO different types of sources for your report.

  • You may only use sources from the LibGuide, or sources specifically approved by the librarians. You are encouraged to look for other resources, but must get librarian approval to ensure they are credible.

Possible Research Topics

Economics:

  • Adam Smith: Go beyond our brief reading do a more comprehensive biography.

  • Karl Marx: Go beyond our brief reading do a more comprehensive biography.

  • John Meynard Keynes: In many ways, the founder of liberal economics in the U.S.

  • Milton Friedman: In many ways the economist who laid the foundations for modern conservative economics in the U.S.

  • John Nash: Though a mathematician by training, Nash is a Nobel Laureate in Economics.  The movie A Beautiful Mind is based on Nash.

  • Steven Levitt &/or Steven Dubner: Authors of Freakonomics.

  • Communism, social, or capitalism: Go beyond our brief reading and do a more comprehensive look at the principles and origins of one of these ideologies.

  • The East Asian, Anglo-Saxon, or Nordic Model of capitalism: Explore one of these types of economic systems that are actually used in the real world.

 

The Arts:

  • Architecture: Go beyond our brief reading and either explore the history of architecture, or choose a specific element of architecture. HINT: GO see Mr. Shabanowitz for help!

  • History of painting: Go beyond our brief reading and really dive into the rich history of painting.

  • Poetry: Go beyond our brief reading and either explore the history of poetry, a specific genre of poetry, a specific poem, or a specific poet.

  • Prose: Go beyond our brief reading and either explore the history of prose, a specific genre of prose, a specific work of literature, or a specific author.

  • Music: Go beyond our brief reading and either explore the history of music, a specific genre of music, a specific song/composition, or a specific musical artist.

  • Dance/choreography: Go beyond our brief reading and either explore the history of dance/choreography, a specific genre of dance/choreography, or a specific dancer/choreographer.

Contact a Librarian

We are your librarians and we look forward to working with you. We are generally available in our offices for drop-in help before school, during lunch or after school. 

Terri Kaplan
Head Librarian
404-609-6336
Addie Matteson
Librarian
AddieMatteson@Westminster.net
404-609-6335

Maria Tassopoulos
Library Assistant
 

Hours

Monday to Thursday
7:30 am - 3:45 pm

Friday
7:30 am - 2:45 pm 

Closed weekends and school holidays

Hours subject to change in accordance with the school calendar