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A Day in History  

Guide to help you find what national and local events happened on the day you were born.
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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How to Use This Guide

Use the tabs above to find books, websites and other resources for your birthday assignment.

If you need additional help, be sure to check with one of the librarians at John Wood Community College Library.


Your Assignment

CMN 101 - Rittof students, please remember to focus on your specific birthdate/year ONLY!

Step 1:  Discover

To begin your "Birthday" assignment, you'll need to identify one or more events that occurred on your birth date. Daily newspapers, news magazines and books can help you find out what happened on a particular date or during a particular time period.

Step 2:  Explore

Once you've gained an idea on what happened on your birthday in history, you can use other research tools to find out even more information about these events and conditions.

To begin, press the Research Tips tab at the top of this guide.


What do I use??

Use BOOKS to find comprehensive treatment of your event or topic (the Gulf War, for example), full-length biographies of famous people related to the event or condition and in-depth coverage of specific issues related to the topic (for example, use of biological warfare during the Persian Gulf War). Additionally, CHRONOLOGIES  place historical events in a list based on the order in which when they happened. Chronologies are great for identifying an event or social condition that occurred on a certain date or within a certain time period.

    Use ARTICLES to find a shorter treatment of your topic, information on one particular a.spect of the topic or event, and news and discussion of current events that might be related to your topic or event.


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