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Researching recent history and country statistics to prepare a 5 minute presentation.
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The Assignment

Research the recent history of the country assigned to you (hint: Google news is a great start).    Going back no further than the past six months, research some of the issues and crises of this country. 

In addition, look at the country’s geography, population, the economy, health issues, religious faiths, human rights issues, and infant mortality rate.

Prepare a 5-minute presentation on your country to share with the class on Monday, September 8.  With that report, bring in a PowerPoint presentation that includes a slide showing your country’s map and location within the African continent.

Google News

  • Google News
    Google News gathers links to relevant headlines from a wide array of publications from all over the world, thus offering various perspectives on a given topic. When you choose a headline, you'll be taken directly to the publishing site for that article.

    Use www.easybib.com or www.bibme.org to build your citation. Be sure to double check what these websites give you; their citations are not always complete or correct.

Online Subscription Resources from ORHS Library

  • ABC CLIO World Geography
    username orhswildcats
    password wildcats

    This is a great place to start researching a country. You can either select your country from the drop down menu on the left or use the search box on the right.

    If you use the pull down menu, the first screen you will see is an "Overview" screen. Expand the navigation prompts on the left to explore the other information and resources available, especially the "Facts & Figures" page. The "Media" tab will have, among other things, various maps that may be of interest.

    Don't forget to grab your citation before you leave an article. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to 'copy and paste' the MLA citation.
  • Global Issues in Context
    No username required.
    password elvis

    This database will connect you with a variety of resources from all over the world.

    Use the search box to gather information from a variety of sources onto one page. The first entry will be an Overview. Scroll down to see other kinds of sources including Global Viewpoints (be careful, these are opinion pieces) and Reference articles. A little further down the page you will uncover NEWS sources (which are arranged by date and come from news organizations around the world.

    The left side of the page features a map. The right side of the page has other important links, like "Quick Facts" and still more formats, like Podcasts and even recommended websites.

    Citation is easy with this database; scroll to the bottom of each article to 'copy and paste' the MLA version.
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