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Parties & Elections: Paper #1: Executive Summaries


PURPOSE: This paper is designed to let you see how the materials covered in our text are being realized and debated in public life. It will also allow you to learn how to research topics and find relevant sources for research papers.

To complete this assignment, you must find FOUR full-length feature articles (500-1000 words) from newspapers, magazines, news websites or
news journals which deal with each of the following FOUR subjects, for a total of 16 articles, 4 for each of the following topics:
    •    Constitutional Philosophy.
    •    The U.S. Constitution as modeled or rejected by other nations.
    •    American Civil Rights in theory and practice.
    •    Federalism and American Government.
After finding four different articles on each topic, we will meet in tutorial and select one article for each topic, for a total of four articles. You will then write a detailed summary of each article that demonstrates your comprehension and understanding of how these subjects are both important to American society and related to the materials studied in class.

See attached assignment.

How best to use Gale's One File News

  • When using Gale databases sign into Google drive.
  • Use binding quotes, e.g., "limited government"


  • The next few slides look at ways to filter your search results from 100,000- 200. 
  • Notice the dramatic drop in results as we use these filters.
  • For this assignment, you will be looking for articles that are 500-1000 words.


First Results:


Second results after filtering:



Third results after more filtering:


The fourth set of results after even more filtering:


  • This slide shows the bells and whistles available: translator, listen, permalinks, highlight, which can be sent to your Google drive.
  • Also, there are links to "More Like This" and "Related Subjects" to gather more of the like.
  • Use Download to save to Google drive.
  • Do not use the URL from your search, instead use the "Get Link" icon.


  • ​Finally, the "Cite" button. Use this!!

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