Do your Research

Do Your Research
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Works Cited

Research Questions


Once you have chosen a humanitarian whom you wish to memorialize, you must learn enough about him/her to be able to thoroughly argue that he/she deserves this honor. The questions below will guide and shape your research; they will help you decide which information and sources are useful and which are not. Finally, they will also help you organize your outline, your paper and your speech.

1. What is some basic biographical information  which shows he/she is a humanitarian?

2. What are the main activities this person participated in to better humanity?

3. What would a symbolic memorial to your person(s)/ event look like?

4. Why (for what reasons) is your humanitarian worthy of a public memorial?



1. What is some basic biographical information about your person which shows he/she is a humanitarian? (Please do not provide a full biography; just include information that helps you prove that this person is a humanitarian and deserves a public memorial).

This may include biography highlights such as birth/hometown, childhood, education, family information, personal difficulties, career highs/lows and manner of death,  

2. What are the main activities your person participated in to better humanity?

You should describe any philanthropic work, political activism, career/vocation contributions, etc, that help humanity.

3. What would a symbolic public memorial to your person look like?

Where would it be located? What five symbols would you include? What materials would you choose to build it? What words would you put on it?What would be the dedication?

4. How did this person's work improve the human condition, lesson human suffering or make the world a better place?

Here you should describe the results of this person's efforts. What would the world, certain groups of people or humanity in general be like without this person's contribution?


You should use one of the outline templates provided for you to write your outline. Both can be found in Google Classroom.



Using these four questions as a guide, you must learn as much as possible about your topic. You must draw your information from at least five different sources. There are many different sources of information you can use for your research. They may include information from the following:




Magazines or periodicals


Personal Interviews


TV or video information


Internet information


Electronic resources

Be careful to choose reputable websites (not wikipedia or a fan site). Here are some great sites provided by Mrs. Preston in the library.



You must provide specific information about each different source you use which tells others exactly how to find this source. Information which indentifies a particular source is called that source's citation. You will have to write one citation for every source of information you use. The specific information you must provide and the order in which you write the information will change, depending on the type of source you are using. Use the sheet provided in the school library as a guide to which type of source information and citation you will need for each different source of information you use. Fayetteville-Manlius uses the MLA or Modern Language Association form of citation.

For a complete online guide to citation format for different sources see the library's guide to citation, located here

WW library citation info.

Also, information on Works Cited can be found at the bottom of this page.




 When you find a source of information which helps answer one of your research questions, take down the source information and write the citation for that source before you do anything else! Write the citation at the top of your note card, notebook paper, xerox or print out; underneath it, jot down all your notes for that source only or staple a hard copy (print out or xerox) of your source to the citation. You should have a separate note card or sheet of paper for each source of information you use.

If you are using print sources (any source with page numbers) you MUST jot down the page number of every piece of information you write down from that source. This is necessary for your in-text citation.

If your information is preprinted (printout from a computer or a xerox copy of information from a book), you should still read the information, take down the source information, write a citation and take notes from or hightlight the text which you have printed or xeroxed.


Works Cited

After you have written one citation for each source, you will alphabetize all your citations by first word and arrange them as a Works Cited page.

This page of all the sources you have used, written correctly as citations, listed alphabetically, will be the last page of your research paper. It will show a reader exactly which sources of information you have used for your research and tell others how to find them. It also will give credit to these sources, so you can avoid the evil plagarism monster! Click the model above to see a typical Works Cited page. Can you make up a list of rules to follow when typing up this page? When you think your have, check your rules with the correct ones below.


1. Write Works Cited on the top of your paper.

2. List your citations alphabetically by first word of the citation
    ("the" and "a"  do not count for alphabetizing).

3. Use hanging indentation-the first line sticks out, and the
    remaining lines are indented.

4. Do not skip lines between citations, but double space them.

5. Do not number or bullet your citations.

6. End each citation with a period.

7. For any other citation questions, see the library's MLA


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