Mr. Jellison's Contemporary Issues Classes


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Click the image to access the notes on how to do academic research!

Use Atriuum to help you find print sources in our library!


Look at box #3 below for special databases and sites selected especially for you!

Use this resource to help you phrase Google searches



These are the databases I think will be most helpful for MOST of you.  If you would like to explore the other databases, just return to the main database page by clicking on "Research Help" -> "Databases and sites" for more selections.

Remember your password hint:

Other sites I recommend:

InstaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone. (Seriously, I would use THIS before going to Google!) 

ipl2 is a site that many reference librarians use to help their patrons find trustworthy sites.  You can find information here on just about anything, and it's really easy to use!  I don't see why it needs to be a secret though; go ahead and try it!  Maybe it will help you find something you really need.  Good luck!  

American Rhetoric is an incredible speech bank with the most popular speeches in American history.  It is a great way to use primary sources because many times you get to see or hear the speech when it was originally given.  Most of the speeches also include written transcripts.  There are also links to other useful primary sources, including news sources, political party home pages, even pop culture.  It's definitely worth checking into!

Global Nonviolent Action Database was created as a means to provide free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action for learning and for citizen action. They research campaigns that have reached a point of completion. The cases are drawn from all continents and most countries. People are shown struggling for human rights, economic justice, democracy, national and ethnic identity, environmental sustainability, and peace.

State and Local Government on the Net is a place where you can find info on ANY state.  It's all in one place; it breaks down state offices, legislative, executive, and judicial branches, boards and commissions, plus county and city authorities. This directory can lead you to places where you will find reliable statistics and current information about out communities around the country. is a directory site to government services and agencies. It's easy to navigate and leads you to other reliable sources that will allow you to research your topic. It covers anything and everything, from finding gas prices in a particular area to calculating your grade point average. You can learn where the nearest farmer's market is and you can learn how to incorporate your business. If you're doing research, this is a great place to explore! 

Newseum allows you to look at 815 front pages from 76 countries.  These daily newspaper front pages are displayed in their original, unedited form. The entire newspaper can be viewed by double clicking on "Web Site."
Article on Social Media and Terror
App for iPad on Social Movements

Revolutionaries of the Past Century


To understand our present, we must look to our past. 100 years of history's revolutionaries and social movements are laid out in this iPad app that lets you draw connections to the past. Explore a revolutionary leader individually, or discover their connections to a movement and how it changed the course of history


MLA and Citations

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is the best place to look for help with this! Pay attention to the directions in the left-hand column to help you find what you need!

Easy Bib can help generate citations for you, but be careful because it's not always accurate!  It's best to look on the OWL first! :)


Presentation Tools BESIDES PowerPoint!

Photos and Slideshows

Click the titles to go to the site; click the images to see examples.

AndreaMosaic is a free site

you use to create digital art

using your own images. The

photo mosaic can be used alone for a cool

cover page or display, or it could be used within a slide show or video. 


A great tool for storytelling!

Insert pictures and narrate

over them using your own

voices recorded by phone.  

It's easy, and it's free.


Use this site to create a

slideshow with built in

transitions. Simply upload

photos, pick a soundtrack;

you can even email or embed it.


Use this site to create a

slideshow with built in

transitions. Simply upload

photos, pick a soundtrack; you can even email or embed it.


A great way to share your

slideshows from ANY

computer!  Just upload it, and it's always there for you. Easy peasy!


Like Narrables, Yodio allows

you to record over your photos,

but this one will allow users to

reply.  If that feature would be

useful to you, you may prefer

this tool.  This is an especially

nice way to introduce your project to people as well.  Maybe create a quick Yodio and email it!?  Maybe it could work for you!


Video Presentations

Click the titles to go to the site; click the images to see examples.

Animoto is a program that

let's you make free, 30-

second videos (or longer for

paid subscription). Just upload your own images and text combined with a selection of free (or fee) music. This is a great way to build interest in your topic, especially if you are trying to create an emotional appeal!


iMovie is for the more Mac only,

but it's super-easy once you get

the hang of it! If you're ready for

something beyond the traditional options.  If this sounds like you, check it out!


Similar to Xtranormal, Voki

allows you to create an avatar

to speak for you. You will have to compare to see which one you like best.


Windows Movie Maker is a

great free tool for many novice

movie creators who want a

professional look.  This

sample isn't especially creative,

but it shows how you can add videos AND pictures and overlay with music


This video-making tool allows

you to type your message for

your avatar(s) to read.  Their

computerized voices can surprisingly bring humor to otherwise dull topics.  Inserting these into your Glogster or manually presenting throughout your presentation could be fun. 


Zoho takes slideshows to a new

level. WIth interactive, moving

parts, your slideshow will be fun to watch. You'll make the other presentations look like child's play!


Mixed Media

Click the titles to go to the site; click the images to see examples.

Glogster allows you to upload

videos, clipart, text, and

images to create cool online

posters! They're a unique way

to tie everything together if

you have a lot of mediums in which to present your info, and during a presentation, you can go through them AT YOUR PACE! 


This site offers an authentic-

looking newspaper image

generator might be used for your

project or presentation. Images

can be downloaded, saved, and

printed. Other options on this site

are: a clapper board, a cigarette

pack... Check it out! 


A great site for word clouds,

though Wordle is good too if

you like more traditional word

clouds, Tagxedo can fill

symbolic shapes and even

your own photo with relevant words.  A great cover page, slide photo, display, or even something you could put on an item to sell for fundraising!?


TimeGlider is relatively

new, and it's free for

students (though you can't anticipate more than 20 views/month). It has a rich interface with the ability to juggle a lot of information - so if a timeline is the very best way for you to present your info, you might like this one!


Many timelines are already created here, but you can make your own for free.  It's an online Timeline tool that allows you to detail (and present) your timeline without having to save it.