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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.

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 to read
2. Create an annotated bibliography of 3-4 credible sources

Search Terms/Resource Types

Suggested keyword search terms or phrases:

South Africa                         Apartheid                           Revolutionary United Front (RUF)

Cambodia                            Sierra Leone                     ethnic cleansing

genocide                              Nazis                                concentration camps                    

boy/child soldiers                 killing fields                       Khmer Rouge

Holocaust                            Pol Pot                              The Final Solution

Rwanda                               Hutu                                    Tutsi

Pakistan                             Taliban                                Confederate States of America (CSA)

US Civil War                      abolitionism                         



What is Genocide?

Choosing Search Terms