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History 1 Research Links




Magazine, newspaper and journal articles will give you current and usually reliable information. EBSCOhost is the periodical index available to you through the library website. To access this index off campus you will need a library card  (available at the Gavilan library).  
Use the library handout for help in using this index. For many items on your result list, the full article will be available to you for printing. For other articles, you can order them through Interlibrary Loan.




Internet articles and websites must be used very carefully. Anybody can post just about anything they want on the Internet. There is no editor checking the facts or accuracy of an article before it's posted. Nobody is in charge.

However, there are great sources of information available to you from reliable sources such as national federally-funded libraries (like the Library of Congress) and research and educational institutions.


Here are a few:




orange handFrom the Library of Congress:


  • American Memory Project
    From the front page, there are 2 ways to find information:
    • The Collection Finder will let you pick a topic (from agriculture to technology), a time period, a geographical area, or a specific library division (maps, music, motion pictures...)
    • Search will let you type in search terms and find documents in all collections.


blue handOther digital libraries of primary sources:


  • Making of America
    Primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Contains approximately 1600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Only a few of these were started early enough for this class: The Ladies Repository (1841), the Princeton Review (1831), Southern Literary Messenger (1835) and the Southern Quarterly Review (1842).

blue handSpecialized Sites:


  • Women's Studies Database Reading Room
    Links to the history of the American Suffragist Movement, the Equal Rights Amendment, biographies of historical women, Civil War women, history of the Roaring 20s and the Flapper Culture, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, and much more.

  • Archiving Early America
    "Explore the world of early America through the media of the day: (its newspapers, maps, magazines and writings)" at this searchable site. Firsts has information about the first penny, the first copyright law, the first newspaper, the first political cartoon, and others. The Digital Library contains thumb-nail images of portraits, places, events, early scenes, people, battles, maps, early-day ads, and other images. The online journal Early America Review is available.

  • Charleston Multimedia Project
    Charleston, South Carolina has a long and turbulent history dating back to 1670 and has been a leader in historic preservation. The architecture, history and culture of Charleston is explored through this project, including photos and drawings. The Guidebook is a street-by-street exploration with hundreds of images. Topics cover the African-American experience, decorative and folk arts, and more. Timeline has noteworthy events back to the early 1500's. Developed by the Charleston County Library.

  • Exploring the West from Monticello
    Subtitled A Perspective In Maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark, this is an online exhibit of maps and navigational instruments examining the planning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Includes maps of the emerging view of the new continent of North America, with contributions from French cartographers and Virginia gentry. The site is maintained by the University of Virginia.

  • From Revolution to Reconstruction
    An ongoing hypertext history of the United States covering the colonial period to the Bush administration. Links aremade to hundreds of full text documents including Presidents' addresses, the Federalist Papers, the Confessions of Nat Turner, the Mayflower Compact, and the Northwest Ordinance.

  • The Illustrating Traveler
    Subtitled Adventure and Illustration in North America and the Caribbean, 1760-1895, this Yale Library exhibit explores illustrated travel narratives from the late 18th to the late 19th century. It includes encunters with Native Americans, customs of the country, hardships due to exploration or war, illustrations from exploratory voyages or scientific surveys, and picturesque landscapes.

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