May 3

posted May 3, 2012, 6:04 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 3, 2012, 7:10 AM ]
Today we continue work on your Civil Rights Assessment. 
Keep finding information, taking notes, and creating accurately written references

As you begin organizing the information you've gathered and writing your report, don't forget to carefully show where each piece of information comes from with accurate citations. 
Remember: you need to cite any fact, quote, statistic, or piece of information that you did not create or that is not common knowledge. 

Common knowledge (so you don't need citations): 
The United States has a Constitution. 
The first 10 Amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. 
The First Amendment contains the Freedom of Speech and Religion. 

Not Common knowledge (so you DO need citations):
When Earl Gideon lost his case, without an attorney, he received a sentence of five years in prison (Gideon).
A student's right to freedom of speech while off campus has been challenged in a case from Alaska (Greenhouse).
Some claim that the landmark due process cases of the 1960s helped stop the spread of communism (Wyant).

What is Common Knowledge? Here's a good rule -- When in doubt, Cite It!

And citations only work if they match one (and only one) item in your list of references:


Gideon v. Wainwright. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 02 May 2012. Web. 03 May 2012.
Greenhouse, Linda. "Free-Speech Case Divides Bush and Religious Right." The New York Times.  18 March 2007. Web. 03 May 2012. 
Wyant, Nicholas Nye. "Gideon, Escobedo and Miranda: How Three Supreme Court Justices Waged the Ideological Battle Against Communism."  Wichita State University. 2004. Web. 03 May 2012.