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Dogs and Humans Evolving Together

Resources for research

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Destiny is a catalog of resources available in the Mission High School Library, including books AND electronic databases.

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Use NoodeTools to organize your research projects, with tools to create citations, notecards and outlines.


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Britannica is an online encyclopedia with articles on just about everything.


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Britannica Image Quest has high quality images on almost every topic for you to use in your projects.


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The Britannica Spanish Reference Center is an online encyclopedia... in Spanish!

The school district has purchased several reference ebooks and databases that are accessible through Follett Shelf.


SIRS is an excellent source for information on contemporary issues, but also contains links to information for historical research, as well as tools to organize your research project.


The SFPL has dozens of databases and journal subscriptions on every topic imaginable!  You will need your own SFPL library-card number to access the databases: if you don't have one, get one!  Mr. McDonell can help.



Dogs and Humans Evolving Together

All dog breeds share the same wolf ancestors.  Most of the different breeds we have today were intentionally bred by humans to help do particular work or to look a certain way.  Partnership with dogs also changed the ways that humans did those jobs.  This is called co-evolution, where two different species affect each others' development over time.


  1. Find at least 3 sources of information about dog and human co-evolution.  Look for at least one print resource and one electronic resource (you may share print resources with other students).  You can use the links on the right-hand side of this page to get you started.  You can also use the resources on the left-hand side of the page to do your own searches.
  2. Make a list of the resources you use.  Be sure to include the following information (look on the first 2 or 3 pages of a book, or at the very bottom of a webpage):
    1. Title of book or webpage
    2. Name of author or of website
    3. Year of publication
  3. Use your resources to answer the following questions.
    1. Choose one breed of dog. Where and when did humans begin to select for this breed?
    2. What work or function was the dog bred for? 
    3. How has partnership with dogs affected the way that humans do that work now?