English 1A -- X.
Remember to ask a librarian for help if you have trouble finding anything!
There is also
a special section just for Biography, in the CT range. There you
will find sources such as the American National Biography,
and Current Biography from 1940 to the present. If you are
having trouble finding biographical information about a person, be sure to
look in the Biography Index, at
Examples of other Great Reference Books with Biographical Info:
The Dictionary of
Art -- but it's much bigger than a dictionary!
Although it might be easy to find a thousand web sites on a topic,
sometimes it seems like none of the sites are any good! Here are some
questions you should ask yourself to determine whether or not you should
use a certain web site:
Try using web subject directories to find good websites. Subject directories are collections of web sites compiled by human beings. Someone decided each site was good enough to include. Here are some good subject directories. If one doesn't work, try another:
Primary sources come straight from the people or world that you are researching. They may be diaries, letters, interviews, or autobiographies. To find an autobiography written by the person you are writing about, check the Gavilan Library Book Catalog and search for their name as an author. The Gavilan Library has other primary resources in book form, sometimes as compilations of primary resources, like anthologies of letters. If you are having difficulty finding something, please ask a librarian.
You can find some primary sources on the Web, but sometimes it can take a long search. Below are some links to collections of web-accessible primary sources. Happy hunting!
Discovers Web Primary Sources -- a collection of texts written by explorers during their travels.
U.S. and World History Primary Sources -- a collection of links to primary source documents, maps, and images.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries -- "includes the immediate experiences of 442 women, as revealed in approximately 50,000 pages of diaries and letters."
Using Primary Sources on the Web -- an eclectic list of links to various primary source collections and information sites.