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Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual.


Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats/medias evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.



Choose a topic by creating big ideas from the themes and motifs in To Kill A Mockingbird.

The effects of:

parental alcohol abuse on children

poverty on academic achievement

poverty on children’s health

poverty on neighborhoods

 mental illness on families

mental illness on communities

Online Subscription Resources from ORHS Library

Your Search Term is the most important part of any search. Be as specific as you can be in order to return the most relevant results. Be creative and think of synonyms if you want to come up with more results.  Combine terms to get fewer, more relevant, results.  

For example, try "children  poverty health" to find reasources on how poverty affects children's health or "children poverty sports" or "children poverty athletics" to uncover connections between children of poverty and sports.

  • Student Resources in Context
    This database has a whole subsection on poverty and one on alcoholism. If you search "poverty" or "alcoholism", you will be led directly to it. Use the "search within page" section on the right to narrow your results.

    If you need a password, use "elvis".

    The MLA citation will be at the bottom of the article.
  • Global Issues in Context
    This database has a more worldwide perspective. Note that the first results you will see are "Global Viewpoints" which are opinions and editorials. Use care when referring to these resources.

    If you need a password, use "elvis".

    The MLA citation will be at the bottom of the article.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Password, if required, is elvis.

    The MLA citation is not supplied, but all the information you need to build it is. You might want to use

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EBooks from ORHS Library

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Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine - Laurie J. Fundukian; Gale Group Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781414486468
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
This might be a good source if your topic involves health, either physical or mental. Open the book, use the "within publication" search box, and use "ctrl f" to look for your search terms specifically within each search result.

Alcohol - Michael V. Uschan
ISBN: 1560069112
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
Alcohol abuse leads to many social and personal problems, from drunk driving fatalities to destruction of the human body.

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Teaching with Poverty in Mind - Eric Jensen
ISBN: 9781416610113
Publication Date: 2009-12-01
In Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States.


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