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Senior: 11 & 12: Unit 2: American Civil Rights (IA2)

Oliver Library Catalogue


Look here for books, eBooks, DVDs and websites.

Useful Sources

The Civil rights Movement: an introduction (Khan Academy)

  • The Civil Rights Movement is an umbrella term for the many varieties of activism that sought to secure full political, social, and economic rights for African Americans in the period from 1946 to 1968.
  •  Civil rights activism involved a diversity of approaches, from bringing lawsuits in court, to lobbying the federal government, to mass direct action, to black power.
  • The efforts of civil rights activists resulted in many substantial victories, but also met with the fierce opposition of white supremacists.

Amistad: The Civil Rights Era The Civil Rights Era 

PBS: Lyrics of the Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Era 
Excellent primary sources!


Famous People

POSSIBLE KEY QUESTION: What was the significance of the Little Rock Nine?

Sub-Question: Why was Brown v. the Board of Education a landmark legal case? 

Sub-Question: How was the Southern Manifesto of 1956 a response to the Brown v. the Board of Education?

Sub-Question: What role did state Governor Orval Faubus play in the Little Rock crisis?

Sub-Question: Should President Eisenhower have intervened in the integration crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, or should he have let the state government handle the matter?


POSSIBLE KEY QUESTION: How did the activities of the Freedom Riders and Sit-ins bolster the U.S. Civil Rights Movement?

Sub-Question: Who were the leaders and partners of the Freedom Riders and Sit-in protesters?

Sub-Question: What methods did they use to desegregate interstate transportation?

Sub-Question: Who were the opponents to the Freedom Riders and Sit-in protesters, and what were their responses?

Sub-Question: What were the outcomes of these protests?

POSSIBLE KEY QUESTION: What was the significance of the Selma to Montgomery march in the civil rights movement?

Sub-Question: What was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and what were its provisions?

Sub-Question: Why was Selma selected as the beginning of the march?

Sub-Question: What was Governor George Wallace's role in the march?

Sub-Question: What was the significance of Bloody Sunday? Look at this source as well. Or this one.

Sub-Question: What role did Martin Luther King play in the march?


Martin Luther King


   Martin Luther King ebook

Malcolm X

 This is an article from the New York Times)


Primary Sources

Christopher Newport University: Civil Rights Primary Sources
Lone Star College: US Civil Rights Primary Sources
Rowan University: US Civil Rights Primary Sources
Ed Tech History: Civil Rights Movement
University of Alabama: Civil Rights Primary Sources

MyBib Referencing Generator - APA 7

Manage your bibliography using "MyBib" - Referencing - LibGuides at  Melbourne High School

MyBib is an online referencing generator to help you with in text references and your List of References.


  • Sign up for an account so that it will store the references for your assignment. Add it to your bookmark bar to find it quickly.
  • Install the Chrome extension to make your referencing even faster.
  • Make sure everything in your Reference List has a corresponding In-Text citation in the body of your essay.

QCAA Sample Annotated Response for IA2 Task


The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Birtles Library can be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.

Zotero Online Referencing Tool

Zotero can be set to the same Harvard AGPS (Australia) style that CiteAce uses, called 'Melbourne Polytechnic - Harvard'. Please read the instructions carefully.

Any issues - see your Library Staff

Useful Databases

Information in JSTOR is 3-5 years old, but of university quality.

When you are away from the campus you will need to login using the appropriate username and password, available in an email which has previously been sent to you by Ms King.

Source Analysis and Evaluation Skills


IOPCAM Source Analysis and Evaluation
See more information at 'History Skills' 


Source Evaluation Skills
Adapted from the book by Douglas Newton, ‘Germany 1918-1945: From Days of Hope to Years of Horror’, Collins Dove, Melbourne, 1990.

Analysing Political Cartoons 
From 'History Alive 10', by Robert Darlington. Scanned under licence.

Analysing Propaganda Posters 
From 'History Alive 10', by Robert Darlington.