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Oak Lawn School Library: Grade 3 Social Studies - Black History Month


1. Find information about your person. See below for suggested web sites.

2. Keep track of where you get your facts, so that you can create a bibliography citing your sources. See the next tab for formatting information.

3. Write a one-page biography of your person, using your own words.

Since, as far as we know, none of you have met and conducted personal interviews with these people, you need to give credit to the sources where you found your information. This includes books, articles, and web sites. Here's how to write them in your bibliography/works cited page using MLA 8style, per the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Email Ms. Moore at you have any questions or if you find a source type that isn't listed below.


Article from Encyclopedia or Other Reference Book

Author. "Article title." Name of encyclopedia. Publisher, Publication date. (Note: If accessed online, include the date).

Luft, Eric V. D. "Daniel Hale Williams." Great Lives from History: African Americans. Salem Press, 2010. Accessed 18 Jan. 2018.



Author. Book title. Publisher, Publication date.

Hinman, Bonnie. Benjamin Banneker: American Mathematician and Astronomer.  Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.


Magazine Article found on Explora

Author. "Article title." Magazine name, vol. X, no. X, year, pages. (Note: This can be scooped up from the results page and reformatted.) Explora. Accessed DD Month YYYY.

"ACT-SO in Honor of Percy Lavon Julian." New Crisis, vol. 106, no. 5, p. 64. Accessed 18 Jan. 2018.



Author. "Name of video." Web site where you found it, uploaded by Uploader, date, URL.

"David Blackwell - 2012 National Medal of Science." Youtube, uploaded by National Medals, 5 Dec. 2104,


Web Site

Author. "Article title." Web site name, URL. Accessed DD Month YYYY.

Absher, Amy. "Samuel Proctor Massie.", Accessed 18 Jan. 2018.


We have biographies of many of the people your class is researching, including:

World Book Online

Type the name of your person in the search box. Results will open in a new window. You can also access World Book Online by going to


Web Sites

NOTE: Ms. Moore checked out several sites, and chose the links below as most appropriate for this project. and aren't written specifically for kids, but their information is valid. If you find other sites on your own, be sure to evaluate them for credibility before using the for your research. You can also send the URL to Ms. Moore at, and she can let you know whether it's good to use for school. Youtube is not available to students at school, but at home, you can look for videos about your person as well.