Once you have learned to ask questions - relevant and appropriate and substantial questions - you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning what ever you want or need to know.
This LibGuide will help you through the process of research for your 1,000 to 1,200 -word essay.
1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.
2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.
3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.
EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items? Relevancy is the key.
Directions: Re-read and annotate “The Paradox of the Democratic Mind: Value Tensions and
Argument” by H. Michael Hartoonian and Richard Van Scotter in preparation for further research on
one of the four sets of conflicting values at the heart of American democracy.
1. Select ONE pair of values that the authors identity and summarize their argument regarding those
values, such as law versus ethics; private wealth versus commonwealth; freedom versus equality;
or unity versus diversity.
2. Identify one example from American history that represents this pair of American values in conflict.
3. Develop a timeline of the major events that reflect the historical record for the conflict. This
timeline may serve as a way to understand the complexities of the issue or events and/or people
you may need to research further. This timeline will be a separate assignment that you will submit
before the final research paper.
4. Prove what the conflict tells us about the nature of American democracy at that moment or
moments in time. Analyze the events for the paradox and why the conflict is necessary to our
5. You may find useful background to this issue in reference books or journal articles. You will need
to consult specialized databases for American history. Most of these resources can be accessed
and read completely online through the SAC Library’s collection of ebooks and electronic full-text
articles in the numerous databases.
6. Provide supporting evidence of the importance of the issue by making direct quotes, summaries,
or paraphrases from at least FIVE sources, either print or online (at least one background source
will be needed).
7. Compose a 1,000-1,200 word essay using all the skills you have learned about accurate MLA
documentation and effective essay writing. Submit your final draft in Canvas before the due date.
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John Kenneth Galbraith (born 1908) was a leading scholar of the American Institutionalist school and arguably the most famous economist in the post World War II world. His views were a stinging indictment of the modern materialistic society that championed personal achievement and material well-being over public interest and needs. In spite of these views, he served as an advisor in both the American and Canadian governments from the 1930s onward.