Election Research Pathfinder

Use the following table to help you find useful sources of information for your Presidential Election research. Students must use a minimum of two sources in two different categories of information.

Category
Source
Location
How Do I Use It?
Tips
Website
Internet Sources
Library website—Go to
Subject Sites,
Social Studies, Presidential Election.
Search keywords or subject directories as directed on website.
Useful sites listed on the Library website!
Website
Internet Sources
Library website--Go to Search Tools
-or-
Search a URL.
Use a search engine or subject directory.
Required: Use a Site Check Form to evaluate website.
View videos more than once to take effective notes.
Websites
Nettrekker
Library website— Go to Databases
Enter user name and password. Use keyword search or subject directory.
Click on Multimedia for video and audio links. Choose appropriate level.
Newspapers
The Philadelphia Inquirer or Newsbank
Hard copy in Library
-or-
Access PA Power Library on Library website, Database page
From home, go to Access PA Power Library @ Home. Enter your public library card barcode number.
Philadelphia Inquirer—Limit search by a date range.
Magazines and newspapers
EBSCOhost
Library website—Databases; POWERLibrary
Use Middle Search Plus; search keyword(s)
Magazines and newspapers
Encyclopedia
World Book Online
Library Website—Databases
Search keyword(s). Select article. Use outline to the left of the article to find specific information in article.
To learn more check Related Information box on right side of screen. See encyclopedia articles, websites, and magazine articles.
Encyclopedias
Use Grolier Online’s
Grolier Multimedia or New Book of Knowledge.
Library Website—Databases
Select database. Search keyword(s).
Use Table of Contents to find specific information in encyclopedia articles.
To learn more, click web links and periodical (magazine) links found at the upper right of encyclopedia article.
Video
BrainPOP—Video database
Library website—
Databases
Enter user name and password. Click on Social Studies and search Elections to see videos available or search topic using search box.
View each video related to your topic and take notes.
Community
Campaign brochures, Interview, Visit, Online Contact with an Expert
Online
-or-
Democratic or Republican Headquarters in Flourtown
Contact agency or individual to make an appointment. Conduct an interview by phone or in person. Be respectful. Take notes.
Write ten good questions that you want to ask in the interview. Leave space to write the expert’s answers. Send a thank you note.
Magazines, News, Reference, Multimedia sources
Student Resource Center
Library website—Databases
Subject or keyword search; check full text.

Select level (Basic or Intermediate).
Select Magazines, News, Reference, or Multimedia.
Magazines, News, Multimedia sources
Infotrac
Library website—Databases
Search subject, check full text. On next screen click on Subdivisions to get to more specific information.
Select Magazines, News, or Multimedia.