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Primary Sources

 Selection of primary source websites.

      What is a Primary Source?

  NHD Research Central 




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  • U.S. & World History in Context
    What is it?: Primary sources, historical maps & articles, topic overviews, critical essays, encyclopedias & almanacs.
    Why use it? Use this to find more information about your topic and to help narrow the focus as you research.
  • Biography in Context
    What is it?: Biographical essays, videos and articles.
    Why use it?: A curriculum-aligned resource that offers media-rich content that's updated daily.
  • New York Times Historical (1851-2010)
    What is it?: Digitized copy of the New York Times newspaper form 1851 - 2010.
    Why use it?: Use as primary or secondary source material. Easily search images, articles, editorials, & advertisements. First-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library
    Archives of National Geographic Magazine back to 1888
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    What is it?: Pro/con viewpoint essays; topic overviews; primary sources;
    Court-case overviews; articles; Statistical tables, charts & graphs
    Why use it?: Explores controversial issues through balance of different perspectives.
    A national and state curriculum standards search, correlated to the content that allows educators to quickly identify material by grade and discipline.
  • Points of View Reference Center
    What is it?: Similar to Opposing Viewpoints, contains different sources and interface.
  • History Reference Center
    What is it? Reference & nonfiction ebooks and periodicals
    Why use it? Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research.
  • WorldBook Online Info Finder
  • CultureGrams & Country Studies


Search the catalog.

Sometimes you can't beat a good book to fill that research need. Here are some good history and primary source series.

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American Decades - Carol Nagel (Editor)
Call Number: R 973.03 Amer
ISBN: 9781414436067
Publication Date: 2011-06-17
Each volume begins with an overview and chronology covering the entire decade.

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Defining Moment Series
ISBN: 0780807766
What is it? This series provides quality information on formative events in U.S. history.
Why use it? Each volume in the series presents a pivotal event that shaped our nation’s history, providing a one-stop resource for student research.

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Our Documents - National Archives Staff; Michael R. Beschloss (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780195309591
Publication Date: 2006-07-04


History Day Project Books

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Making History Project Books - National History Day (Organization)
ISBN: 9781598840605
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Includes: Documentary,Performance, Paper, Website, Exhibit.




Music, Spoken Word & Films

   What are these?
Collections of songs, music, speeches, & poetry.

   Why use them? It's always better with sound & pictures

American Song  [ Streaming content only.  Library card needed]

Smithsonian Global Sound  [Streaming content only. Library card needed]

Jazz Music Library [Streaming content only. Library card needed]

Hoopla  [PBS, Ken Burns, History channel. Library card needd].

National Jukebox from Library of Congress 


    Google Book Search

     What is it?: Digital copies of full text books and magazines.

    Why use it?: Rare or out of copyright books searched at the text level. Older magazines such as Time and Life for advertisements & images.


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