Research Organization
  1. Go to a website and pick out a 19th Century American innovator. Try one of these:
  2. Use one of the Tulsa Public Online Databases (Subscription Websites) below to research your person. Why?
    • The information is reliable.
    • The databases will provide you with the citation for the article so that you don't have to write it.
  3. Browse an article (Don't read the whole thing!) to decide if it will help you.
  4. If it is helpful, find the article's citation and copy and paste the citation to the top of a Word document.
  5. Add all the information you find from that article under that citation. (So that you can tell where you got each piece of information you find.)

Mr. Burchette's Research Questions to Answer
Young Life
  • Where was your person born?
  • Where were they raised?
  • Did they have siblings? If so, what were their names? How much older or younger were they than your person?
  • What were your person's parents' names?
  • What did the parents do for a living?
  • What kind of education did your person get? (Public? Private? Tutored? Segregated?)
  • How far did your person go in school?
  • Where did your person go to school?
Working Life
  • Where did your person live?
  • Did your person marry?
  • Have children?
  • What kind of work did they do?
  • What is your person's innovation?
  • How did they come to make their innovation? (What's the story about why and how they created it?)
  • How has the innovation changed people's lives?
  • Has their original innovation been improved upon?
  • Is it still in use?
Later Life
  • Did they come up with any other innovations or inventions?
  • If so, did that improve life?

Print Resources -- encyclopedias, almanacs, library books and more

  • Carver Library Catalog - Click on Carver and then login
  • Biographies
    • Go to the 92's (under the flag). The books are arranged by the last name of the person you want the biography for. For example, if you want a book about George Washington Carver, you would go to 92 CAR.
    • Go the 920's (with the other non-fiction books). These books are about groups of people that have something in common. For example, you might find books about African American Inventors, Famous Women, Baseball players, and other groups of people. Usually each chapter is about a different person.
  • Reference books - Use the general and specialized encyclopedias. Reference books are to be used in the library only. The idea is that you can always get your question answered because the reference books will always be available to you.

Tulsa Public Schools Online Databases (Subscription Websites)

  • Click on the link above and then log in.
  • The following resources should be helpful:
    • World Book Online
    • Gale Biography in Context
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Gale History Resource Center
    • Student Research Center
    • EBSCO Host Research Databases -- Choose Middle School Databases
    • Grolier Online Passport
    • SIRS Discoverer