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A Guide for your Multigenre Research Project


Contact information:
If you have any questions about this guide, please ask Librarian Debbie Campbell, dmcampbell@millikin.edu or 217.420.6719.

If you would like help with your research (including thinking about how to narrow or expand your topic, find and cite resources), please let us know here at the library! You can get it touch with us via visiting, telephone, instant message, or email. Click here for our contact information page.


Narrowing your topic:
When choosing a period of American History, you'll be surprised at how much information is available.  Begin narrowing your topic by taking into consideration the age/grade of your students- what level of depth on this topic is appropriate for them?

Next, consider if you will need to discuss a smaller piece of your topic.
For example: If you chose Immigration- will you focus on
        *current day immigration? 
        *Ellis Island times? 
        *Integration of immigrants into US society- "melting pot"?
        *Migrant workers?
        *Famous immigrants and their contributions to US life & society?
        *challenges faced by immigrants?
        *etc?
Think of keywords, similar topics, and famous people that you may want to use in your search.

Click here for a topic planning worksheet.

 


Which sources may be helpful for you:
As you begin doing research for your Multigenre reserach project, it may help to begin by thinking about the type of information that you need.  Which sources would be the most beneficial for you?

*Encyclopedias & Reference books- written with very understandable language, they provide background information on a topic. There is a wide variety of encyclopedias and reference books ranging from very specific (Arab Folklore) to general (The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture).  When using an encyclopedia, think of as many synonyms and related topics as you can, then check the index to see if your topic is mentioned.

*Books- there is such a wide variety of books available! They range from leisurely written titles to very scholarly reports. Since books are "big", if you can find a book on your topic, it will contain a lot of information on it. Again, check the index and table of contents to see which chapters or sections might be the most useful.

*Articles- There is also a wide variety of types of articles available. Due to their shorter nature, most articles are written about a very specific aspect of a larger topic. Magazine articles may give a general overview of a topic; a journal article will go into depth about a small piece of a topic.

*Films & Videos- When shown as a part of class, they provide a wonderful visual element to any lesson. Videos also make it possible to have experts "personally" explain a topic, both to you and to your students, all while showing footage and photographs that you may otherwise not have access to. 

*Websites- Easily updated, websites can provide a wealth of information! Since any person or organization can have a website for a relatively low cost, the amount of information on the internet is staggering. When searching for websites to use for a project (especially when you will be teaching the information from the site to children), it is very important to use only reputable websites.  This guide provides criteria by which you can evaluate your website, and this handout can help you decide if a website is useful for your research.

*Many other sources do exist! For each, consider what they would add to your research and presentation.


Resources for Everyone:

Library's Online Catalog
The Library's Online Catalog allows you to search for the books, e-books, videos, music, government documents, music scores, etc. that our library owns.  Through the online catalog, you can also request items to borrow from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

Specific search terms which may be helpful in locating materials for your topic are listed in the "Resources by Topic" section of this guide. As you are searching, don't forget that information about your topic may also be included in books about more general topics*- for example, if you are researching Al Capone, a book about Chicago in the 1930s, notable mafioso, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, etc. will likely contain information too.

Below in the resources by topic area section of this guide, I've listed some links to searches in the online catalog.
An example is this:  Indian dance - United States - History - 20th century
Note: these links build on themselves- so each link essentially provides multiple searches. 
*If you click on the "Indian Dance" portion of the link, that's all it will search for.
*If you click on the "United States" portion of the link, it will search for Indian dance-United States.
*If you click on the "History" portion of the link, it will search for "Indian dance- United States-History."
So for each link, click on the right-most portion to search the entire subject, or on any part of the link to the left for a partial subject search. Each of these long links is separated by a semi-colon ";". Try it out to see what I mean.

The guide linked next provides information on searching both Millikin's and the I-Share (interlibrary loan) Online catalog.

Click here to open a PDF guide on how to search in the Library's Online Catalog.

Library Databases
The library has subscriptions to article, audio, image, and video databases.
*Any of the Library's History databases might work for you topic
    To point out a few of these databases-
    -American History in Video- Find videos and video clips 
    -Academic Search Premier- limit your search to results from magazines to find more basic information about your topic.
    -The Life Photo Archive-search a selection of the photos taken by the notable magazine.
    -JSTOR- find scholarly articles on your topic.
*Search the Education databases for information on how teachers have taught the topic in their classrooms.  -Most notably, the database ERIC.

Click here to open a PDF guide about:
    *searching in the Library's Music & Video databases.
    *finding articles in the Library's databases.
    *finding the full text of an article from the citation.

Reference Books/Encyclopedias:
American Eras- REF. E 169.1 .A471979 1997
American Decades- REF. E 169.12 .A419 1994
The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives- REF. E 176 .D561
Dictionary of American History- REF. E 174 .D52 2003
Encyclopedia of American History- REF. E 174 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of American History (there's two of them)- REF. E 174.5 .M847 1996
The American Years: A Chronology of United States History- REF. E 174.5 .G753 1999
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture- REF. E 169.1 .S764 2000
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America- REF. E 184 .A1 G14 1995

Websites
PBS Teacher's Resources
History Channel
Library of Congress American Memory Collection
New York Times Links for Educators
American Heritage Magazine
The Smithsonian Institution
Education Resources from the Getty Institute


 Resources by Topic: click on your topic to see aditional resources

9-11 : Abraham Lincoln : Al Capone
Ancient Egypt : Civil Rights : The Dust Bowl/Great Depression
Great Chicago Fire : Holocaust : Hurricane Katrina
Immigration : Latin American Culture/History : Native American Culture/History
Racism : Slavery/Civil War : Space Shuttle - Apollo 11
Trail of Tears : Vietnam War : Women's Suffrage
World War II/Bombing of Hiroshima/D-Day

 

9-11
One of the most contemporary topics chosen by members of your class- and something that you've had personal experience living through. Think about the students in your class and their age/grade.  Based on the experiences that they have had (were they even alive then?) and the possible reactions of their family, how do you want to cover this topic? What approach will you take- looking at terrorism, patriotism, the facts, the effects & aftermath, the government reaction? It's a topic with a lot of emotion involved still.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001., World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) , 9-11, Nine Eleven--
Then consider any smaller pieces- economy, security, government, terrorism, family, resiliency, etc. 
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*Any of the Library's News databases would have Primary Sources (newspaper articles from when it actually happened).
Reference Books:
The Encyclopedia of Terrorism- REF. HV 6431 .K883 2003
Terrorism: A Documentary Hisroty- REF. HV 6431 .T4594 2003
Profiles in Terror- REF. HV 6433 .M5 M35 2004
The 9/11 Comission Report- REF. HV 6432.7 .N38 2004
Websites:
Teaching 9-11 from Dickinson College
History Channel's coverage of the 9-11 attacks
Teaching 9/11- not sure who from though so check for bias

Abraham Lincoln
There is so much information about Abraham Lincoln- one of Illinois claims to fame and our revered 16th president.  Your challenge will be to narrow your search to the most relevant information- really take into consideration the age group that you will be working with.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases: 
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
A simple search of Abraham Lincoln in the Library's Online catalog will bring up hundreds of items.  Think about if there's a specific event that he was a part of, or a specific time in his life that you want to talk about- such as his presidency, childhood, days in Illinois, etc. 
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books at the Library:
American Presidents Year by Year- REF. E 176.1 .N44 2004
The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia- REF. E 457 .N48
American Eras: Westward Expansion 1800-1860- REF. E 169.1 .A471979 1997 v.8
Websites:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Lincolniania from Library of Congress
Library of Congress American Memory Collection
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration
Titles of Children's Books about Abraham Lincoln from Amazon.com- You could then search for them through the online catalog.

Al Capone
This notorious Chicago Gangster was a prohibition mastermind ruling the windy city with a murderous fist. Provides an interesting dose of Illinois and Chicago history- touching not only on organized crime and the mafia, but also prohibition and the roaring 1920s.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Capone, Al, 1899-1947.; Prohibition- United States.; Organized crime- United States
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
American Gangsters, Then and Now- HV 6439 .U5 H46 2010
Encyclopedia of Chicago- REF. F 548.3 .E53 2004
Websites:
Article from the New York Times
The History Files on Al Capone
The Encyclopedia of Chicago

Ancient Egypt
Sphynxes, pharoahs, pyramids, mummies- Ancient Egypt has long been a favorite culture to study. There will be many kids books available on the topic- not to mention science and art projects. With the King Tut exhibit going through Chicago in the recent past and a permanent collection at the Chicago Field Museum of History, some of your students may have even seen a real mummy!

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Egypt- Social life and customs- To 332 B.C.;  Egypt- Antiquities; Egypt- Civilization- To 332 B.C.- Juvenile literature.; Egypt- Civilization; Architecture- Egypt- History.; Egypt- Social life and customs.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Reference Books:
Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through World History- REF. GT 507 .G74 2008
The Ancient World (Clothing and Fashion)- REF. GT 521 .H57 2005
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life: The Ancient World- REF. GT 31 .G74 2004 v.1
Websites:
BBC Studies the Ancient Egyptians
Ancient Egypt lesson Plans from Scholastic
Ancient Egypt from the British Museum
National Geographic Society- search for Ancient Egypt

Civil Rights
One of the most interesting topics of the 20th century- it's hard to believe that the civil war was in the 1860's and it took almost a century for the Civil Rights Movement to happen!

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Civil rights movements- United States.; African Americans- Civil rights- History- Study and teaching; African Americans- Civil rights. ; Civil rights- Government policy- United States.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements REF. HN 57 .E594 2004
the American History encyclopedias mentioned in the "resources for all section" would contain more information too.
Websites:
Teaching Civil Rights from the National Parks Service
PBS.org Teaching Civil Rights
American Experience- Eyes on the Prize

The Dust Bowl/Great Depression
It's hard to believe that the Dust Bowl and Great Depression happened during the lifetime of many people who are still alive today (my grandpa who was born in 1928 has very vivid memories)! From looking at photos of the Dust Bowl, it seems like such a long time ago.  This is a topic that's sure to interest students.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939. ; Dust storms- Southwestern States- History- 20th century. ; Depressions - 1929- United States.; Dust storms- Great Plains- History- 20th century.; Agriculture- Southwestern States- History- 20th century.; Depressions- 1933- United States.;
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Websites:

Wessel's Living Farm History
The National Archives teaches 1929-1945
American Experience- Surviving the Dust Bowl

Great Chicago Fire
Another great story of local lore- was it really Mrs. O'Leary's cow's fault?

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Chicago (Ill.)- History- To 1875; Fires- Illinois- Chicago.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Encyclopedia of Chicago- REF. F 548.3 .E53 2004
Websites:
Chicago Historical Society
Chicago Historical Society web of memory about the Chicago Fire
National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities Lesson Plan

Holocaust
One of the great atrocities of modern human society- there will be a wealth of information on this topic, including many children's books.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jewish children in the Holocaust- Fiction.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)- Fiction.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)- Poetry.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)- Influence. ;Children of Nazis- Germany- Attitudes.; Children of Holocaust survivors- Attitudes.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Day by Day: The Forties- REF. D 427 .L4
The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II- REF. D 740 S57
Encyclopedia of the Holocaust- REF. D 804.3 .E53
Encyclopedia of the Third Reich REF. DD 256.5 .G76313 1991
Websites:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Holocaust Survivors Project

Hurricane Katrina
Such a contemporary topic also filled with so many possible subtopics!  What will you have your students reseach? The actual hurricane? The social, economic, or socioeconomic aspects? Controversy? Rescue efforts? Government involvement? How it will affect the history and life of New Orleans? Relocation? Rebuilding?
 
Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Hurricane Katrina, 2005.; Hurricane Katrina, 2005- Poetry.; Hurricane Katrina, 2005- Personal narratives.; Hurricanes- Louisiana- New Orleans.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Any of the library's news databases would contain articles about this topic- these would be useful primary sources for your students. 
All of the Multidisciplinary databases (Academic Search Premier, Wilson OmniFile) would contain information about your search.
Reference Books:
While we have no Reference books specifically about Katrina, we do have a film: The Storm  A-V. QC945 .S766 2005, plus several regular books available through the Library's Online Catalog.
Websites:
From the NOAA
CNN Special Report on Hurricane Katrina
Teaching Hurricane Katrina from Carleton College
Timeline from National Geographic
National Geographic complete coverage links

Immigration
Immigration could be such a big topic- how will you narrow it down? Will you choose a particular time period, population, location, or reason for immigration? Will you research the current day controversies or the historical Melting pot concept of how the United States came to be?

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Emigration and immigration- Juvenile literature.; Immigrants- United States- Juvenile literature.; Immigrants- United States- Interviews.; Immigranten.; Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.); Immigrants- United States.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Reference Books:
Immigration- REF. JV6201 .P68 2007
Encyclopedia of North American immigration- REF. JV6465 .P68 2005
American Immigrant Cultures- REF. E 184 .A1 A634 1997
Websites:
Teaching Resources on Immigration from Scholastic
Teaching Immigration from PBS.org
Teacing Immigration resources compiled by Horace Mann

Latin American Culture/History
Wonderful! With September being Latin American Culture Month, you have a lot to celebrate!

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog:   Latin America- Civilization; Latin America- Encyclopedias.; Music- Latin America.; Musicians- Latin America.; Latin America- History.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Reference Books:
Latin American History: A Teaching Atlas- REF. G1541.S1 L6
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States REF. E 184 .S75 O97 2005
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture- REF. F1406 .E531996
Encyclopedia of World Cultures REF. GN 307 .E53 1991
Websites:
Teaching Resources from the Smithsonian Institution
Latin Music USA Project from PBS
Latin American Network Information Center

Native American Culture/History
Researching Native American culture and history will really provide your students with a foundational knowledge of the people who settled North America. While there is rich history that you can discover, your topic is also current and fresh with many Native Americans still being an active part of our society.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Indians of North America- History;   Indians of North America- Social conditions; Indians of North America- Music- Social aspects.; Indians of North America- Songs and music.; Indian chronology.; Indian dance- United States- History- 20th century.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Reference Books:
There is a selection of Reference books on Native American History with the call numbers REF. E 61 through REF. E 99.
Encyclopedia of World Cultures REF. GN 307 .E53 1991 
Websites:
Teacher Resources from PBS.org
Teaching Resources from the Smithsonian Institution
National Endowment for the Humanities lesson plans

Racism
Another multi-faceted topic-  You'll begin to think about whether you want to consider a specific geographical region, time period, group of peoples, etc. Since racism is still around today, teaching children about it is of utmost importance.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog:Racism- United States.; United States- Race relations.; African Americans- Civil rights.; Racism- History.; Toleration- Study and teaching.; Multicultural education- United States.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Pretty much, any database will have information in it on racism- since your topic is potentially so large, think about ways that you might wish to narrow it before you begin searching.
Reference Books:
Hate Crimes- REF. HV 6773.52 .A47 2005
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements- REF. HN 57 .E594 2004
Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States- REF. E 184 .A1 E773 2005
Websites:
Race the Power of an Illusion from PBS
Race the Power of an Illusion Lesson Plans from PBS.org
A Class Divided Teacher's Guide from PBS

Slavery/Civil War
The Civil War and official end to slavery were back in the 1800s, but with Civil Rights happening a century later, this topic is still very intersting and culturally relevant to the students of today.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: United States- History- Civil War, 1861-1865.; Southern States- History- 1775-1865.; Southern States- Social conditions- 19th century.; Slavery- Southern States- History.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
American Eras REF. 169.1 .A471979 1997 v.5
A Historical Guide to World Slavery- REF. HT 861 .H59 1998
The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery- REF. HT 861 .H57 1997
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements- REF. HN 57 .E594 2004
Websites:
Federal Resources for Education Excellence
NPR podcast of Talk of the Nation
PBS.org Slavery and the Making of America
Smithsonian Underground Railroad

Space Shuttle - Apollo 11
I remember excitedly listening to the vinyl record I bought at a garage sale of Walter Cronkite narrating the Apollo 11 moon landing. Astronomy is fascinating! With Millikin's telescope- maybe a field trip could be in the works too!

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Space flight to the moon- Juvenile literature.; Space flight to the moon.; Project Apollo (U.S.)- Juvenile literature.; Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)- Juvenile literature.; Project Apollo (U.S.) ;Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
The World of Science- REF. Q121 .W664 1991
*The Sixties Chronicle- REF. E 841 .S59 2004
*American Decades- REF. E 169.12 .A419 1994
Websites:
Thirtieth Anniversary website from NASA
We Chose the Moon- Apollo 11 virtual reenactment from the JFK Presidential Library & Museum

Trail of Tears
In 1838, US federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee out of their homes to walk to "Indian Territory" in Eastern Oklahoma.  More than 4,000 died along the way, and the course they travelled became known as teh Trail of Tears.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Cherokee Indians- History. ; Cherokee Indians- Relocation.; Trail of Tears, 1838-1839.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
Reference Books:
Landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court - REF. KF 8742 .H24
Also check out the Reference books mentioned for the "Native American Culture/History" group listed above.
Websites:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
PBS American Experience- We Shall Remain Video- part. 3 Trail of Tears
PBS American Experience- WE Shall Remain homepage
State Library of North Carolina

Vietnam War
Even my parents lived through the Vietnam War.  Decide whether you want factual information about the war itself, protests, counterculture, homelife, television, media coverage, etc.  Films, music, and people to interview abound.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog:Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Vietnam War, 1961-1975- Fiction; Vietnam War, 1961-1975- Protest movements- United States; Hippies- United States.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975- Journalists.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
*Almost any database would have articles on the Vietnam War. Reference Books:
*Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War- REF. DS557.7 .E531996
*Columbia guide to America in the 1960s- REF. E841 .C575 2001
*Taking sides: clashing views on controversial issues in 20th century American history-  REF. E175 .T25 2006
*Vietnam War: an almanac- REF. DS557.7 .V5681985
*The Sixties Chronicle- REF. E 841 .S59 2004
*American Decades- REF. E 169.12 .A419 1994
Websites:
National Archives
Teaching the Vietnam War from PBS.org Frontline
American Experience: Vietnam
American Experience: Battlefield Vietnam

Women's Suffrage
One of my favorite books that we own at the library is called "Are Women People?: A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times" Call # JF855 .M6.  Written by Women's Rights activists in 1915, it includes such interesting pieces as "Why we oppose pockets for women."  Without these ladies, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: Women's rights.; Women - Suffrage.; Women - Suffrage - United States.;
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Handbook of American Women's History- REF. HQ 1410 .H36 1990
The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America- REF. HQ 1410 .C85 1996
Encyclopedia of Women in American History- REF. HQ 1410 E53 2002
International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage- REF. JF 851 .H28 2000
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements- REF. HN 57 .E594 2004
Websites:
Resources from PBS.org on Teaching Women's Suffrage
The National Archives
American Memory Project lesson from Library of Congress

World War II/Bombing of Hiroshima/D-Day
Such a fascinating part of recent history- your topic encompasses the last days of WW2 in a way that includes warfare, politics, and science all wrapped up into one.

Search Terms for the Online Catalog & Databases:
Clicking these links will search the Library's online catalog: World War, 1939-1945 - Public opinion.; World War, 1939-1945; City dwellers - Effects of war on.; World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - France - Normandy; World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, American.
Depending on how you choose to narrow your topic, your search terms could change a lot.  Please ask a librarian once you've thought about your topic if you'd like help thinking of search terms.
Additional databases to search:
*New York Times Historical- try doing searches for specific time periods to find Primary Sources.  The NYT historical database contains fully scanned newspapers dating back to 1851!
Reference Books:
Day by Day: The Forties- REF. D 427 .L4
The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II- REF. D 740 S57
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan- REF. DS 805 .K633 1983
Websites:
Posters from the National Archives
War Era Food Posters
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Library of Congress compiled resources
from PBS.org
World War II on PBS.org
Civic Responsibility from the Smithsonian
Hiroshima Peace Site Museum

*This point was suggested by Melinda Putz from "A Teacher's Guide to the Multigenre Researh Project". Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann copyright 2006.

 
 
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