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Questions and Sources of Information

This course guide includes a list of questions (below) about how to find resources for your Research Paper and Documentary assignments. You are then referred to a list of resources either directly or via one of the research guides mentioned in the box above.

  Questions Suggested Sources
  • When was the department first created?
  • For what policy areas does the department have jurisdiction within the Executive Branch?
  • Who are/were the top-level political appointees in the department?
  • What are/were the policy foci of the department?

Secondary sources

  • Which House and Senate committees have jurisdiction over the policy areas covered by the department?
  • Which House and Senate subcommittees have jurisdiction over the policy areas covered by the department?
  • Find speeches, interviews, remarks, press conferences, press releases, statements on bill signings and vetoes, etc. (audio, video, text) of the President.
  • Find speeches, interviews, etc. (audio, video, text) of officials in the department.
  • What Executive Orders did the President issue that involved the department?
  • If the department was created between 1933 and 1992, look for related oral history material in a presidential library.
  • Find other photos, audio, and video. Note: You are responsible for learning about and abiding by copyright laws.

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