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Israel and Hamas

Resources for learning about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Explore & Refine

Explore: View of Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower from afar.Before you develop your research topic or question, you'll need to do some background research first.

Find background information in:

  • Your textbook or class readings
  • Encyclopedias and reference books
  • Credible websites
  • Library databases

Try the library databases below to explore your topic. When you're ready, move on to refining your topic.

Search for Background Info

Search examples: Israel, Hamas, Palestine, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Below are just a few examples. There are many more entries on these topics.

Refine: Up close view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, FranceNow that you've done some background research, it's time to narrow your topic.

Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be. 

To narrow or refine your topic, ask yourself...

  • Is there a specific subset of the topic you can focus on?
  • Is there a cause and effect relationship you can explore?
  • Is there an unanswered question on the subject?
  • Can you focus on a specific time period or group of people?


Try filling in the blanks in the following sentence, as much as you can:

I want to research _________ (what/who)

and ________ (what/who)

in __________(where)

during _________(when)

because _________(why).

Example 1 - General:

  • WHAT or WHO? Israel AND Hamas
  • WHERE? Palestine OR Gaza OR West Bank
  • WHEN? past events
  • WHY? to find out what is fueling the current war in that area


Example 2 - More Specific:

  • WHAT or WHO? Israel AND Hamas
  • WHERE? Palestine OR Gaza OR West Bank
  • WHEN? 1987 -2006
  • WHY? to investigate events leading up to the 2006 Palestinian legislative election that helped Hamas gain enough influence to win a majority of the seats