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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 from 1888. Good for history subjects related to the World Wars and cultural or geographic subjects. Also good for advertisements.
  • History eBooks from Gale Reference
    Digital eBooks include American Decades, American Decades Primary Sources, American Eras. Search all books or a specific title.
  • Ebsco article databases
    Searches 12 Ebsco databases, including Academic Search premier
  • Gale articles databases
    Searches 8 Gale general article databases, including General One File.
  • 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.
  • 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. Good for looking at legacy of historical persons or events.
    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.
  • WorldBook Online Info Finder
  • CultureGrams & Country Studies

Print Books in Reference

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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.
Example from Smithsonian Global Sound below.

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

Many documentaries, oral history and biographies, as well as spoken word and work songs.

American Song  [ 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 

 The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.


    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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