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Lights, Camera: A Call to Action!: Research

10th grade Modern World History core project. Students create a short documentary on a global issue and connect it to a country's history.


Use the resources on this page to fill in the gaps, deepen your knowlegdge, and further narrow your topic: 

  • Search WHS Catalog to find more specific monographs on your topic.
  • Look in the table of contents or index for coverage of more specific, narrower topics.
  • Search for newspaper articles to provide historical context or current headlines.
  • Conduct narrower searches within databases.
  • Find statistics and data to support your thesis.

Some Books in WHS Library

Search the WHS Library Catalog


CQ Researcher
Offers in-depth coverage of political and social issues, with regular full text reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.

Global Issues in Context

Offers magazine and academic journal articles, book chapters, statistics, information on social organizations, and opinion pieces.


Blogs are a good way to find current information and statistics on a topic. Remember, however, they are a format often used for opinion pieces. When reading a blog make sure and find out:

  • who wrote it and what is his or her agenda
  • what organization sponsors the blog 
  • what side of the issue is the writer on?
  • can you find a blog that represents the other side of the issue?

Google Books

Google Books is a good way to find recently published books on current topics. However, many will not be available full-text. Use Google Books to:

  • Find current titles on your topic.
  • Read the table of contents to find out more about the topic.
  • Locate similar books that might have more chapters available.
  • Find a book and see if it is available in Wellesly Free Library
Google Book Search


CIA Factbook provides current data and detailed information about a country's government, society, trade, landscape, weather, demographics, and politics today.



Historical Newspapers (Graphical)
Articles from historical newspapers: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Boston Globe (1851-2001).

NYTimes from 1985 to present.

TIP - Using Newspaper Headlines - If you are looking for newspaper or magazine headlines try the following. Open the page with the article you like. Tell the computer to print the article but before you hit print button in the next window you should have the option to save the article as a PDF file. You can then convert that PDF into a JPEG file for use in iMovie.