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AP® Macroeconomics

Learn all material in the AP® Macroeconomics curriculum from highly regarded AP instructors and college professors.

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About this course

Learn key concepts and AP® Macroeconomics material from top AP instructors, including many of the same high school teachers and college faculty who helped design the AP curriculum in partnership with the College Board.

Each module will cover a major concept in the AP® Macroeconomics course, based on Advanced Placement® standards.

All topics are broken into bite-sized pieces—with short instructional videos, interactive graphs, and practice problems.

Throughout the 18 core modules, you will also find more than 30 short videos. Each one is placed at a critical juncture – ensuring you don’t miss important ideas, definitions and concepts.

Topics include:

This course is specifically designed for blended learning in AP classrooms, but can also be used by AP students independently as supplementary help and exam review.

* Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

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About the instructors

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AP Research: Online Resources Recommended by AP Teachers

We surveyed AP Research teachers about what online resources they recommend, and the list below comes directly from their responses. The list also includes teacher descriptions of the resources. This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it an endorsement of any of these resources by the College Board.

The Evaluation Guide from The Pell Institute

General Social Survey (GSS)

Harvard Journal of Emerging Investigators  

Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS)

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Online Writing Lab (OWL) Purdue University

Oregon School Library Information System: Cite My Sources

Pew Research Center  

Psychology Learning Resources: Internal Validity Tutorial

Rice Virtual Lab: Online Stats Textbooks


The Young Researcher  

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PDF Word LaTeX

PDF Word LaTeX Github


Andrew Nelson of Granada Hills Charter High School Presents

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AP Research Search Engines

NOTE FROM L.E. Spears, GHC Librarian: Please let students know that they can make research requests to the library and if they find an article that appears to be only available in a paid subscription database there are still ways to legally access the text. Just ask us.   BE SURE TO THANK MS. SPEARS & HER OUTSTANDING STAFF FOR THEIR HELP.

What Librarians Use To Create Research Pathfinders ,  Much Thanks To LE Spears  August 2017

NCBI: The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. To find an individual article, use “PMC” option first in drop-down menu, then look at other options one at a time.   NCBI Literature Search

PROJECT MUSE: Project Muse Literature Search   School access will last only until October 3, students must be on campus to gain access.


EBSCOHost:  EBSCO Discovery Sevice For Subject Specific Research ; once you’re registered for AP Research with College Board, you will be able to access EBSCOHost through your account; until then, use this link to access EBSCO if you have problems accessing through other means  bit.ly/APCapstoneEBSCO .

JSTOR:  JSTOR Literature Search   



PEW RESEARCH:   PEW Research   


When a source is not in the LOC catalog, how do I establish creditibility and determine that this source is a piece that belongs to the puzzle I’m working on.

Source #1 -  Potential Adverse Effects of Amphetamine Treatment on Brain and Behavior: A Review

  ( Bing  Search of Title )       ( PMID:  18698321    PMCID:   PMC2670101   DOI:  10.1038/mp.2008.90   )

Note Key Words in Article

Source #2 - Student Perceptions of Methylphenidate Abuse at a Public Liberal Arts College

Notice this source doesn’t show up in the NCBI search engine.     (   Bing Search of Title )  

(  PMID:  11125642     DOI:  10.1080/07448480009596296 ) 

Notice DOI link leads you to “Journal of American College Health” and provides cross reference citations.

See "Instructions & Forms" (Upper right hand corner of page) ( Instructions To Authors )

Source #3 -  Characteristics of College Students With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms Who Misuse Their Medications

Published In "Journal of American College Health”   ( Bing  Search of Title )   NCBI Link, Pub Med - Similar Articles, Cited By  . . .

Think Like An Author, You Are One!!!

NCBI - Example of Industry Search Engines (Notice it is the first link in Firefox Search) - Click On Catalog References 

Put Source #1 title into the NCBI search engine, then notice you can search by publication date.  The article noted is #317 out of #354.  What does that tell you?  What is the good news?

Molecular Psychiatry - Journal Example - Examine “For Authors”, “Instructions For Authors” - Review Required Format of Paper - Peer Review established

Journal of American College Health       

Review “Manuscript Submission" -  “Instructions For Authors” -   Also distinguish journal from other “Resources" of ACHA, and note three major organizational functions (Advocacy, Education, Research).  

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Research Basics   |  How to Search   |   Where to Search   |   Evaluating Sources   |  Citing Sources   |  Notetaking & Outlining

Academic Sources - Scholarly Journals

Search JSTOR for articles from academic journals and chapters from ebooks.

Need help? See the " How to Search JSTOR " guide.

Popular Sources - News & Magazines

Find Books and eBooks

Destiny Library Catalog

Methacton High School's Library Catalog.  You can log in if you want to renew or put items on hold. Use your regular Methacton username and password.

Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center: YouTube, Facebook Are Most Used Social Media Sites. |  Story | insideradio.com

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. 

Digital Public Library of America

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Features photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and more, from America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

GREAT FOR: Primary Sources from History

Passwords for Databases

Passwords for Databases

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Library of Congress

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The largest library in the world with more than 162 million items, including books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. The LOC serves as the research arm of Congress.

National Science Digital Library

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Features educational resources in STEM disciplines.


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Gives access to authoritative federal science information including research and development results from agencies such as NASA, USDA, EPA, U.S. Forest Service, and Department of Education.

Smithsonian Libraries

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Smithsonian Libraries offers educational resources and digital collections from 21 specialized research libraries. Features RESEARCH TOOLS , a portal that allows you to search their collection of journals and books.

AP Research Resources

Mr. Restad's research jams that won't screw up your brain while you write

Reserach and Note taking

Introductions, conclusions.


Clinical Decisions Users

Advanced Placement Source

Containing full text for thousands of magazines and journals, Advanced Placement Source is a multidisciplinary research database uniquely designed for high school students enrolled in honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Superb Academic Content to Enrich AP, IB and Honors-Level Curricula

Covering a wide array of subject areas from the arts and multicultural studies to the STEM subjects, Advanced Placement Source offers students the essential research materials to achieve academic success in honors, AP or IB programs. This database is the only AP-focused multidisciplinary product on the market.

Subjects Include:

Leading Periodicals for AP-Focused Programs

Advanced Placement Source offers ongoing full text with no embargo for these leading news, politics, and science periodicals: 

Easy-to-use Interface with Powerful Search Functionality

Advanced Placement Source is available via EBSCOhost or  Explora , EBSCO's engaging interface for schools and public libraries. In addition, most records in the database include Lexile Measures, which provide educators with an estimate of the search result’s reading difficulty and the approximate reading ability level required for comprehension.

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AP Seminar: Academic vs. Popular Sources

What articles are acceptable to use?

Academic Sources

For your paper, you will have to support your theories about your topic with academic research articles instead of more prevelent popular sources.

"Academic" and "popular" are terms used to describe a source's content, purpose, audience and more. Popular sources are useful for getting ideas for a topic or for background and anecdotal information. They written for a general audience, and use non-technical language.

Typically, however, you should support your arguments by citing scholarly academic articles, which contain original research written by experts.  Peer reviewed research consists of articles written by scholars, usually describing a study or experiment, and published in scholarly/academic journals for other researchers to read.  Before published, the articles are vetted by other scientists to ensure accuracy and adherance to scientific and ethical standards.

Watch the video below for more information about telling the difference between something from a scholarly journal and a popular publication.

Popular vs. Academic Chart

If you're not sure of an article you've found for your paper, check it against this chart to determine its appropriateness.

Peer-Review vs Academic

How does peer review work?

A journal has a group of experts (peers) check submitted   primary research articles  for problems in accuracy, logic, methodology, etc.  The author receives feedback and may be able to make corrections, or the article may be rejected. If the research is original, valuable, and meets the scope of the journal, it is published. Authors are not paid, as in commercial magazines or "trade journals."

Are all articles in an academic journal peer-reviewed research articles?

No. Journals also publish other items. Some article types are listed below. While these articles can be very important and reputable, they cannot be considered primary research articles undergoing peer-review.  If you have access to our databases (on-campus or off-campus with your MyID), click for examples .

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How to include research from AP research on application

Is there any way for me to include the independent research work I've done on my application if it was for the class AP Research. Would it count as an activity cause it was technically done for a class but I had to do a lot of work and data collection outside of class. If not as an activity, then where can I bring it up? In an essay? But does doing this independent research project look less impressive to colleges just because it was for a class? Or would just colleges seeing that I got the AP capstone diploma be enough?

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While the AP Capstone diploma will look impressive regardless, if you feel particularly proud of the work you did for AP Research, there are several ways to include it in your application. First, even though it was technically for a class, if you don't have 10 more impressive activities, you can just go ahead and put it in your CommonApp resume. You could also write about it in your essays. Finally, you could reference it in your CommonApp Additional Information Section. While your decision whether or not to write about it in depth probably won't make or break your applications, any substantial, completed research project and paper should look relatively impressive to admission officers regardless of whether it was for a class or not. If you feel you did excellent and meaningful work, you definitely don't lose anything by explaining it somewhere in your application.

There should be a section in the drop-down for activities that says something along the lines of "research".If it's something that required a lot of data and gathering (which it sounds like), then I don't see any harm in adding it. If it's important enough that you want to write your essay about it, then go for that as well! I think colleges want to see how motivated you were when it came to this research; be sure to specify that it wasn't just for a grade, but something that you're passionate about :)

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