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ENGL 101--Howard--Pleasantville: Home

Use this guide to get started on your research for the expository essay for Professior Howard's English 101

Selecting your topic

Professor Howard has suggested these topics for your research on an issue or reference from Pleasantville:

  • Biblical references
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Feminist Movement
  • Sexual Revolution
  • Murals as protest art
  • suburbs
  • authoritarianism and propaganda art

You can find other topic ideas in the following articles from the MJC Library Databases about Pleasantville:

Background reading

Once you have selected a topic, you can find background information on that topic in our Gale eBooks database (see link below). Try the following search terms:

  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Feminism
  • Sexual Revolution
  • Murals
  • Suburbs or Suburbia
  • Authoritarianism
  • Garden of Eden

If your interest is Protest Art, you can find ideas and sources here:

Protest Art

More overview articles from the American History database

The American History database provides overview articles on many topics relevant to your assigment. Click on the link to the database to explore, or see some of the sample articles listed below.

Find In Depth Articles in Library Databases

For our larger databases, EBSCOhost and Gale Databases, as well as web searching, try combining search terms or using more specific terms:

  • civil rights movement and segregation
  • birth control and sexual revolution
  • murals as protest art
  • political art

Recommended eBooks @ MJC Library

Using the Web

Unlike with the sources you find in library databases, Web sources need to be carefully evaluated for credibility. Learn how to do this evaluation here:

Here are some credible sources from the web:

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