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Professor Al Smith: Learning Outcomes in History & Social Science: History 113

A guide to help students navigate successfully through Professor Smith's Assessment Project

Course Learning Outcomes

History 113: Social/Cultural History of the United States Pre-20th Century

Theme: HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE    Exploring the concepts of human rights, civil rights, and social justice as motivation for historical change.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student should be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate factual knowledge of key social and cultural events and issues in United States history prior to the 20th century.
  2. Apply critical thinking (including causal analysis and skeptical inquiry) to historical concepts and developments in history.
  3. Evaluate, analyze and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and make historical arguments based on these sources.

Find Books & Articles

Below you'll find links to the MJC Library Catalog (WorldCat) and a selection of history databases that give researchers a  great place to find full-text, academically appropriate books and articles. Each source  provides access to different publications, so be experiment with a variety of databases. 

Know Your Search Terms

Searching databases is not always as easy as searching Google. Keyword searches that work well in Google sometimes fail to yield as good as results in WorldCat and the library databases. Should you get stuck, below are some search terms that should help you find relevant sources. These terms provide a launching point for your research.  MJC Research Librarians can always help you identify more terms.

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Indians of North America
  • Racism Political aspects United States
  • Ethnicity United States
  • United States race relations
  • Social classes United States
  • Sex discrimination United States
  • Capitalism United States
  • Colonies
  • Colonialism
  • Political Economy
  • Epidemics history
  • Imprisonment United States
  • Slavery United States
  • United States Emigration and immigration