When searching the library databases and the Web, be specific in your terms. Rather than searching "American Dream," try being more specific.
If you'd like much more in-depth instruction about the process of conducting research, please check out our guides:
Define your topic--What do you mean by the American Dream?
According to the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, the American Dream is "A phrase connoting hope for prosperity and happiness, symbolized particularly by having a house of one's own. Possibly applied at first to the hopes of immigrants, the phrase now applies to all except the very rich and suggests a confident hope that one's children's economic and social condition will be better than one's own."
What is your definition? For help thinking through this topic, try these sources:
Before searching the Web, think about agencies or organizations that are likely to collect and publish the information you seek.
For guidance on searching the Web, see Google for Researchers.
Additionally, below are links to some potentially useful Web sites.
All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.
Search using the Key Search Words at the top of this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.
If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.
Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.