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Plan Ahead

  • Work within the guidelines of the assignment.
  • Select a topic of interest. Start with dictionaries and encyclopedias. What fascinates you?
  • Choose a subject for which you can find a reasonable amount of information. If you're discovering too much, narrow your topic. If you find too little, broaden your scope.
  • Locate material on your topic.
  • Do a subject search for books with the library catalog. Then try a keyword search, which will probably yield slightly different results.
  • Use library databases to find newspaper and journal articles. This guide provides some suggestions for databases, newspapers and journals that might best meet your needs.
  • Use search engines such as Google Scholar to locate Internet resources.
  • Be sure that your sources are credible, accurate, reasonable and the information is supported by facts and/or figures.
  • Take notes from the information you found and be sure to document all sources; you will need this information to create your bibliography.
  • Organize the research information that you gathered creating an outline then start a rough draft. Revise, edit and polish your paper. 
  • Proofread!

Suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol -- Law and legislation
  • Alcohol -- Taxation
  • Alcohol industry         
  • Alcohol trafficking
  • Alcoholic beverage industry
  • Alcoholic beverage industry -- Taxation -- United States      
  • Alcoholic beverage industry -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
  • Alcoholic beverage industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Alcoholic beverage law violations
  • Alcoholic beverages -- Taxation         
  • Constitutional amendments -- United States
  • Constitutional history -- United States
  • Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- United States -- History.
  • Liquor industry -- Taxation -- United States
  • Liquor industry -- United States
  • Liquor laws -- United States.
  • Prohibition -- Societies, etc.
  • Prohibition -- United States -- History.
  • Prohibitionists
  • Social movements -- United States History -- 20th century
  • Temperance -- Societies, etc.
  • Temperance -- Songs and music
  • Temperance -- United States
  • Temperance -- United States -- History.
  • Temperance -- United States -- Societies, etc.
  • United States -- History -- 1919-1933