Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mao’s domestic policies project

Mao’s domestic policies project.
Read EVERYTHING in this document.

Group 1# Women
Group #2 Culture and Arts
Group #3 Use of violence, treatment of the opposition
Will Orr
Group #4 Education and Health
Group #5 Religion
Will EG

Your textbook is your main source of information.

For each domestic policy
  •          What, Why, When and How
  •          Over what period did it run (if possible to pinpoint.)
  •          Key individuals associated with the policy
  •          What were its aims? What did it seek to address or redress?
  •          What strategies were in places to achieve these objectives?
  •          Did it succeed in these aims?
  •          Are you still reading?
  •          Weaknesses/failures associated with the policy?
  •          Each section should be ready for studying and revision.

Online research
  •          You should be using the advanced online research techniques we discussed in class (some may have missed these nuggets of gold because they were wading the Werribee river, I have pasted some info below for you).
  •          Each section should contain a section, quote, reading by a historian (Use your online research techniques or access the books themselves)

Due date: Friday 6th of Sept before P5. We will discuss in class and look at practise essays.

I recommend you work in Google Docs but then please put it back in a Word doc and email to me as a Word doc. I will put it together as a booklet.
It has to LOOK GOOD, be well organised, be accessible, easy to read, contain info from authoritative sources. How tall was Mao? Just checking you are still reading.

Online research for essays, EEs and IAs.

When studying Senior History, students are required to do their own research and come to an informed, reasoned and well supported conclusion through analysis and evaluation. This can only happen if students consult high quality, authoritative sources to base their judgement on.
This page aims to give some ideas on how to be more efficient at finding good sources.
1.    First off some search basics, like using “quotation marks to find a complete sentence” and things like filetype:doc or filetype:pdf. For more, read here.
Best trick: Take a sentence from a book you are looking for and Google that sentence using quotation marks. You can even add filetype:doc or filetype:pdf. You’ll be amazed to find that many books are online.
2.    Google Scholar. Stand on the Shoulders of Giants. Great way to get more authoritative results. Again, use your effective search queries to get the best results.
3.    State and University libraries Some schools give online access to University libraries. If not, then you can sign up for free with any State Library. The State Library of Victoria will send you your library card for free and you will get access to all online peer reviewed databases. Excellent resource. More detailed information here.
4.    Diigo and other online bookmarking sites. Using social bookmarking sites is a great way to get to high quality curated content. Diigo also has groups which follow specific topics.

Here is a collection of online books that I have found.
5.    Scribd. Give it a go.  Yes, they do charge money, but you can get a 7 day free trial, a day pass for $9.00 or you can go all the way and pay monthly ($4 only, the price of a cup of coffee). A lot of books and articles are available through Scribd so I believe it is good value to sign up if one of your key books is online. (This is my favourite, I found so many great books here!)
6.    Google Books, use Search Options. It is so much more efficient to use the “Search Options”. Choose “Google eBooks” to get all the books that can be read online. Save books to your library so you don’t “lose” them. Take screenshots o significant pages or quotes.

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