Resources for Mrs. Camus's Research Paper
All of your topics will be in different sections of the library:
- Biographies (at the far West end of the library)
- 973's: U.S. history (events and acts)
- 205: The KKK and issues relating to racism
- 970: Presidents and elections
- 347: Court cases
You can always use the library catalog to look up books. And remember, the reference section on the balcony is a fantastic place for all of these topics.
Search thousands of primary sources from the National Archives. This is probably the most comprehensive primary source collection you can get online. You can browse by source type, time period, and recommended sources. This is absolutely worth a look.
Smithsonian Source Primary Sources
Search through the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of primary sources: artifacts, documents, and photographs. The collection can be broken down by topic, so you can see all of the photographs related to Westward Expansion, and are searchable, so you can easily find a document George Washington signed.
American Heritage is a magazine about history – and it’s very comprehensive. They have more than 50 years of back issues available (for free!) online, and there is an enormous amount of information available in them. The articles are written for regular people, not history professors, so everything is easy to understand and doesn’t require a lot of background knowledge. Best of all, this goes far beyond timelines and biographies; it’s real critical thought about history.
Like American Heritage, but better! HistoryNet is a collection of many history magazines, whose archives you search. There are entire magazines dedicated to the Civil War (who knew?), and there is a lot of research in those magazines that will be helpful to you.
Archiving Early America
Archiving Early America is another collection of primary source material, with links to other resources, plenty of maps, and an especially large gallery of images from the time period. There are a lot of ads on the site, so it’s not the best looking, but it is worth a visit for the images – some of them can’t be found on other websites.
This won’t be useful for every topic, but Picturing America is a collection of famous American works of art (works of art that depict elements of American life, notable Americans, or American landscapes). Each work has some background information about it, and (even better) a list of related sources that bring you in depth information about the art and also its subject.
America: A Narrative History
For the most part, this website is a companion the book America: A Narrative History (which you have to buy); however, they have one really neat feature you can check out: downloadable Google Earth tours of different historical themes. So, you can use Google Earth to see a geographical overview of the Revolutionary War. Each stop on the tour has some information, and also links to multimedia resources and places to get further information.