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FHS Libguides (Library Guides): Ms. Powell's American Dream research paper

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How is the American Dream exemplified in a poem or song of your choice?  Relate this to one of the following themes associated with the American Dream: Freedom, Racism/Discrimination, Prejudice, Class Struggle, Civil Rights Movement, Hard work leads to success, Desire for economic success, Desire for happiness and a better life.

Search the Library Catalog for Books

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Online Dictionaries

Cite dictionary definitions as if they were articles on a website.  For example:

"Dream." Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2017,

American documents & the American Dream

Databases of Interest

Databases are collections of published articles, scholarly papers, research etc. that are NOT usually available on the internet.  

 Use this one for American history/cultural context:

Use this one for news articles about your subject:     

On this one, search for literary criticism about your poem/song:  

On this one, search for articles about your author's biography: 


eBooks - research for The American Dream & your song/artist

American History by Decades (1900s-present)

Subject Guide

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FHS Research Paper Guide, 8th edition

Please use this guidebook when writing your research paper.  It includes information on how to set up your essay in MLA format and how to correctly cite your sources in your essay and in your Works Cited page.