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Assignment

“After he ditches his car and gives away his trust fund, Chris McCandless steps off the road into the Alaskan wilderness carrying only what will fit in his backpack. In doing so, he joined a small but committed group of individuals who in some way reject the ideals and lifestyle of modern America (or their culture). Who are these individuals? What are they looking for? Why are they dissatisfied with their lives or the way others live? For this project, you’ll choose one rebel, outcast, extreme adventurer or social/environmental warrior to research and write about.”

Using…library databases, books, magazines, newspaper articles, etc., locate information about the individual you have chosen to research. Within your paper, you should discuss the answers to the following questions:
  • Why did this person step out of the traditional bounds of society and why?
  • What does this person hope to accomplish?
  • What did/does this person learn from this choice?
  • How does society think of this person?

You will need to use a variety of sources to complete this assignment: including (but no limited to) at least one database article, one book, and one website. You may use other sources as well including (but not limited to) magazine & newspapers articles, reference books, and interviews. The Research Paper must be 5 pages in total length, double-spaces (12 pt. Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins, including a cover page and MLA-style Works Cited page (so 3 pages of actual writing).

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Research Sources

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search over a hundred comprehensive and specialized reference books and multi-volume sets at once, in 18 standard subjects. Simple to browse or search, and all articles include citations. Sample titles included are: American Eras, Dictionary of American History, Novels for Students, West's Encyclopedia of American Law, and Literature and Its Times. All articles include formatted citations, and can be emailed, bookmarked or printed.
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Artemis Literary Sources
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. All articles include formatted citations, and can be emailed, bookmarked or printed.
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Biography in Context
Biographies of 600,000 individuals, with 50,000 added each year.
Includes additional information through full-text access to reference books, newspapers, and journals. Articles may be bookmarked, printed or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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US History in Context
Includes full-text access to a variety of reference publications, such as American Decades, Civil Rights in the United States, and the Dictionary of American History. Includes primary source material, 6.9 million full-text articles from magazines and journals, image galleries, 6,700 video clips and 84,000 audio files. Clearly identifies and sorts results into "reference," "primary source," "news," etc. All articles include formatted citations.
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World History in Context
Includes full-text access to a variety of reference publications, such as Encyclopedia of World History, Arts and Humanities through the Eras, and the Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library. Includes primary source material, 12.4 million full-text articles from magazines and journals, image galleries, 6,200 video clips and 83,000 audio files.Clearly identifies and sorts results into "reference," "primary source," "news," etc.All articles include formatted citations.

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Science in Context
Includes full-text access to a variety of reference publications, such as the Encyclopedia of Science, Macmillan Science Library, Science and its Times, and Chemical Elements.
Includes full-text access to a variety of magazines, newspapers and journals. All articles include formatted citations.
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Opposing Viewpoints
Delivers a range of perspectives on thousands of important issues.
Includes 13,000 pro/con viewpoints, 1,000 court case overviews, thousands of topic overviews, biographies and profiles. Includes full-text articles, and national and global news sources, as well as image galleries, videos, audio and podcasts. Includes access to hundreds of reference publications, such as Current Controversies and Information Plus. Clearly identifies and sorts results into "reference," "viewpoints," "primary source," "news," etc. All articles include formatted citations.

Magazines, Newspapers and Scholarly Journals Sources

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Academic OneFile
Includes full-text access to 7,500 peer-reviewed journals, in topics such as physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, education and
literature. Includes full-text of the New York Times from 1985-present, and London Times from 1985-present. Includes full-text of 15 major reference works, such as Countries and Their Cultures, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of World Biography. All articles include formatted citations, and can be emailed, bookmarked or printed.
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Pop Culture Collection
Provides access to 100 full-text popular titles, including Advertising Age, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Daily Variety and more. Searches may be filtered in a variety of ways, and all articles include formatted citations.
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Psychology Collection
Includes access to over 3.1 million full-text articles, from 300 journals, like Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly, Psychology Review, Mental Health Practice, Psychiatric Times, and Adolescence. Includes up-to-date and comprehensive coverage on virtually all areas of psychology. All articles include formatted citations and may be printed, emailed, or bookmarked.
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Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Aimed at students, geologists and policy makers, this database provides access to 700 journals and magazines, plus a variety of reference books. Periodical titles include American Forests, Economic Geography, Endangered Species Bulletin, Journal of Energy Markets, Pollution Engineering, and Bioscience. Reference books include Soil, Science and Management, Introduction to Agronomy, and Fundamental Soil Science. All articles may be printed, saved or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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Criminal Justice Collection
Aimed at students of criminal justice, law enforcement and forensics, this database provides access to 700 journals and magazines, with over 5.5 million articles. Titles include Corrections Today, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics, Forensic Examiner, Government Security, Legal Times and Psychology Today. All articles include formatted citations and may be printed, emailed, or bookmarked.
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Diversity Studies Collection
Aimed at social science and history researchers, it explores cultural differences, contributions and influences. Search almost 5 million articles from 150 journals, from 1980 to today. Titles include Arab Studies Quarterly, Jewish American History, Asian Folklore Studies, and Eire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies. Articles may be bookmarked, printed or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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Gender Studies Collection
Access hundreds of thousands of articles from leading publication in the area of gender studies, like LGBTQ issues, family and marital trends, gender roles, sexual behavior, gay rights, and more. Publication include Journal of the History of Sexuality, Feminist Studies, Social Forces, and Journal of Men's Studies. All articles may be bookmarked, printed or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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US History Collection
Includes access to a variety of history-related journals and periodicals, like American Jewish History, California History, Hindsight, Journal of Folklore Research and Urban History Review. All articles include formatted citations and may be printed, emailed, or bookmarked.
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World History Collection
Includes access to a variety of history-related journals and periodicals, like Australian Aboriginal Studies, China Review International, Journal of African History, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and more. All articles include formatted citations and may be printed, emailed, or bookmarked.
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Fine Arts and Music Collection
Provides access to over 5 million full-text articles from well-known periodicals in the Arts. Titles include American Theatre, Billboard, Cinema Journal, Current Musicology, Daily Variety, Dance Magazine, Humanitas and Theatre History Studies. All articles may be printed, bookmarked or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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Religion and Philosophy Collection
Articles from magazines and journals related to religion and philosophy. Includes full text to 300 journals, mostly peer-reviewed, covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, moral philosophy, and history of philosophy. All articles include formatted citations.
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Military and Intelligence Database Collection
Includes access to basic reference materials, such as a World Almanac, as well as full-text access to over 800 military-related periodicals with 12 million articles available in full-text. All articles may be printed, saved, or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.
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War and Terrorism Collection
Access 1.7 million articles from 100 periodicals related to conflict and their causes, as well as the social and cultural impact and perception. Titles include Airport Security Report, International Peace Update, Terrorism in the United States, and World Affairs. All articles may be printed, s
aved, or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations
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Communications and Mass Media Collection
Access 3 million articles from over 350 periodicals and magazines related to communications and mass media. Titles include Advertising Age, Mediaweek, Public Relations Quarterly, Journal of Business Communications, Colombia Journalism Review, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television. All articles include formatted citations and may be printed, emailed, or bookmarked.
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Culinary Arts Collection
Aimed at professional chefs, students, and food enthusiasts, this database provides access to 300 journals and magazines with 5 million articles, plus a variety of reference books. Periodical titles include Confectioner, Food Magazine, Delicious Living, Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, and Art Culinaire. Reference books include Ice Sculpting: The Modern Way, About Wine, Successful Restaurant Management, and Introduction to Catering. All articles may be printed, saved or emailed, and all articles include formatted citations.