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Use this guide to help find sources for your essay comparing a historical event as described in A People's History of the United States and A Patriot's History of the United States

Preliminary reading

Research questions

Evaluate your sources

Select an interesting, appropriate topic

Choose an era that you find interesting and read the sections on that era in both books. 

  • Pay attention to a particular event, person, or institution that you may want to highlight.
  • Make sure these events, people, and/or institutions are adequately discussed in both books so you will have something to compare and contrast.

Do background reading on your topic

Read overview articles about your topic in Gale eBooks to learn more about it.

Create some research questions to focus your research and reading

​Come up with some research questions that will help guide your research and reading. Below are some sample questions, but you are free to come up with your own!

  1. Why is this topic important in the context of American history?
  2. What are the basic background facts on my topic? (who, what, when, where)
  3. How do my two texts differ in their description of my topic (why and how)? 
  4. How does Zinn's telling of the story reflect his values?
  5. What sources can I find to back up the Zinn view?
  6. How does Schweikart & Allen's telling of the story reflect their values?
  7. What sources can I find to back up the Schweikart & Allen version?
  8. What conclusions can I draw from exploring the same story from two different perspectives?

Start finding answers to your research questions

Look up your topic and find overviews, detailed discussions, and primary sources in our History databases.

Find academically credible web sources

Use Google Scholar to find sources written by other historians.

Google Scholar Search

Find eBooks

Find eBooks for more insight on your topic.

eBooks in the eBook Collection: EBSCOhost collection can be read in their entirety online. Pages, chapters and sections can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and cited in MLA style.

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