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English I--Modern Genocide: Home

An exploration of genocide and ethnic cleansing during the 20th and 21st centuries





Your task is to research an assigned contemporary genocide that occurred between the years 1901 and 2005. You will need to narrow your topic to a subtopic that allows for detailed research. By doing this research, you will become acquainted with the resources available through the UA library--both print and electronic. Each student will be required to produce two entries in an annotated bibliography on a topic that you have discussed with your group. Your citations will follow the MLA guidelines, a required component of your research in the English department of Ursuline Academy. The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to inform the reader as to the relevancy, accuracy, and usefulness of the resources you identify for your research.

Step One: 

Identify your topic.

Step Two: 

Read broadly to familiarize yourself with the topic and gain a basic understanding. Begin with general resources.

Step Three:

Narrow the focus.

Step Four:

Research/take notes from your resources.

Step Five:

Format your bibliography. Use the MLA handbook, Noodletools or the Purdue OWL site.

Human Rights Research Project
We are going to research moments in recent history when countries were torn apart by hate. In these terrible events, groups
tried to gain power by discriminating, torturing, and killing those who were different from them. It can be hard to read about
these horrific occurrences; however, we must study our past so we can prevent such tragedies from ever happening again.
1. Research the historical events that correspond to the memoir you selected for our book clubs
2. Create an annotated bibliography of 3-4 credible sources
3. Write a short reflection on what you learned from your research

STEP #1: Research
When researching the historical events featured in your book club text, think of yourself as a journalist. You will need to find
answers to ALL the questions listed below in order to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the conflict.
- WHO was directly involved in the conflict?
- Which group of people were trying to gain power through violent methods?
- Who were the leaders of this group?
- Which group of people were mistreated?
- WHAT human rights violations occurred during the conflict?
- How were the human rights (as defined by the United Nations) of the mistreated group violated?
- WHERE exactly within the country did the conflict occur?
- How did the geography of this country impact or contribute to the conflict?
- WHEN did the conflict get resolved?
- When did the conflict officially begin?
- When did the conflict finally end?
- HOW did the conflict get resolved?
- What brought an end to the conflict?
- What was the final outcome of the conflict?
- What was the overall death toll? What happened to those who violated the human rights of others?
- WHY was the mistreated group targeted?
- What reasons were made up to justify oppressing the mistreated group?
- What history (events, laws, customs, etc) contributed to the ill will toward the mistreated group?
***NOTE: Your sources may be books (including dictionaries or encyclopedias), articles, videos, databases, etc. but they must
come from the UA library (NO outside sources may be used in order to ensure all information is accurate and credible)

Search Terms/Resource Types

Suggested keyword search terms or phrases:

Afghanistan                            Al-Anfal campaign                        Bosnia

Cambodia                              Darfur                                            ethnic cleansing

genocide                                Herzogovina                                  Hussein, Sadam

Iraq                                        killing fields                                     Khmer Rouge

Kurdistan                               Kurds                                               Pol Pot

Rwanda                                 Hutu                                                Tutsi

Serbs                                     Sudan                                              Taliban

Yugoslavia                             Pakistan

What is Genocide?

Choosing Search Terms