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Lewis & Clark Library: COMPTON B Day ONLY _8th Grade Social Studies Research Project



8th Grade Social Studies Research Project

This webpage will guide you through your social studies project.  Simply complete each task in number order.

Your Social Studies Teacher will have a packet ready for you to complete.

Topic Choices

Choosing your topic & completing your Topic Selection Sheet.

  1. Begin by clicking on each of the +Plus signs next to each of the possible topics.
  2. Read and/or listen to each topic choice.

Click on this link to open the Lewis & Clark Library page in a new window

Then open one of the highlighted databases as shown in this picture.

Image showing Gale Resources for Middle School and High School










 Do NOT go on until you have finished your Topic Selection Sheet

What is Manifest Destiny?

You really should already know what Manifest Destiny is BUT if you don't, watch this video.

If you already understand Manifest Destiny, you can skip this.

We Are NOT Doing the RAFT page



Watch the video on how to complete your raft page.2

Finding info in the Databases


Finding Information, Citing Sources and Note-taking

Now you will be finding sources of information about your topic and taking notes.

Get Ready to Take Notes

Sources 2 and possibly, Source 3


Written Portion that EVERYBODY must do

Write TWO PARAGRAPHS on the unintended consequences of Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny.5

Self Evaluation

Do NOT complete this self-evaluation until AFTER you have COMPLETED YOUR PACKET!


Find all of the tutorials you might need for this project in this column.

Citing Your Source

How to Copy a Citation from a Gale Database to Noodletools?

Send to OneDrive

How to Save a Copy of a Source into Your OneDrive Account?

IF You decide to use a website that is NOT a school database

If you use any of the following non-database sources for information, please watch the video on how to find and cite that website.


PBS New Perspectives on the West

Smithsonian Primary Sources

Library of Congress Primary Sources

PBS—U.S. Mexican War

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic Museum

Transcontinental Railroad Primary Sources

California State Library—Gold Rush

Library of Congress—Homestead Act

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