Term Paper – History 8

This pathfinder will guide you to a variety of resources that will help you to find significant, relevant evidence to support the thesis for your History 8 research paper.  You are expected to use a minimum of seven (7) sources, and they should include at least one of each of the following formats:  reference work (e.g., general or specialized encyclopedia); book; periodical (e.g., magazine or newspaper article); media (nonprint) source (e.g., video, online, audio); and primary source (e.g., diary, letter, journal, song, speech, interview, photograph, cartoon, or newspaper article from the time of the event).

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Overview Articles:

ed1stop:  Click on the Reference Tab and select either World Book or one of the Grolier’s encyclopedias.  (Book of Knowledge is the easiest reading level; Grolier’s Multimedia is middle school level; and Americana is more challenging.)

ABC-CLIO American History

Gale Colonial America eBook Put in password.  Click on + next to history, and select Colonial America Reference Library.

Famous Trials (provides an overview of each case as  well as testimony, evidence, verdict, commentary and much more)

More for the Keyword Web:

Library of Congress Teachers Page for the American History Project (Great page for teachers and students!  Includes primary sources organized by theme and lesson activities as well as summary essays on important events or eras.)

History Works (Includes primary sources and images around six core themes. Click on “core themes” to see a variety of information on topics in American history. Click on “resources” to go directly to primary source documents and images.)

Interactive Constitution (provides the actual text including amendments followed by explanations and relevant court cases)

Books:

Use OPAC (Refer to your Keyword Web for search terms.)


Periodicals: (Magazine and newspaper articles)

Cobblestone, American Heritage and American History (print) are kept in the library.  (Use EBSCOHost, OPAC, or print index to find issue.)

EBSCOHost

SIRS Discoverer

Media Sources:

ed1stop:  Click on School Help, and select Discovery Streaming for video clips or BrainPop for animation.

Gale Colonial America eBook Put in password.  Click on + next to history, and select Colonial America Reference Library.

Websites:  Relevant websites are cataloged in the OPAC.  Just add the word websites to your search (e.g., Chicago fire websites)

Video:  DVDs and videotapes are cataloged in the OPAC.

History/Social Science Score (Select grade level 8.  Provides links to related websites.)

Digital History (Includes timelines, primary sources, maps, exhibits, biographies, and much more)

Additonal websites on specific topics are listed below under Miscellaneous.

Primary Sources:

Library of Congress Teachers Page for the American History Project (Great page for teachers and students!  Includes primary sources organized by theme and lesson activities as well as summary essays on important events or eras.)

Amdocs: Documents for the Study of American History http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/

Interactive Constitution (provides the actual text including amendments followed by explanations and relevant court cases)

Famous Trials (provides an overview of each case as  well as testimony, evidence, verdict, commentary and much more)

Document Library http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/library/ (a list of letters, speeches, documents, web sites, books, and articles on significant people and events in American political thought and history)

Smithsonian American Art Museum http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration: Exhibit Hall http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/index.html

www.ourdocuments.gov Includes 100 milestone documents of American history.

History Works (Includes primary sources and images around six core themes. Click on “core themes” to see a variety of information on topics in American history. Click on “resources” to go directly to primary source documents and images.)

The Civil Rights Documentation Project (African Americans) http://www.congresslink.org/civilrights/index.htm (especially good information about the laws that were passed)

Miscellaneous:

Sandra Day O’Connor’s Website on the U.S. Court System (Includes good information on the courts as well as interactive games for middle schoolers.)

Influenza 1918

The Great Pandemic of 1918: State by State

The Great Pandemic:  United States 1918-1919

All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Child Labor in America

Orphan Trains of Kansas

Museum of the City of San Francisco (Includes Chinese Americans, Gold Rush, Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Earthquake of 1989, Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and more)

San Francisco Exploratorium Faultline:  The Great Shake:  San Francisco 1906 http://www.exploratorium.edu/faultline/great/1906/1906_2.html

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/

Ancestors in the Americas (Asian Americans) http://www.cetel.org/

Children of the Camps (Japanese American Internment)

http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history

The History Place: Child Labor 1908-1912: Photographs of Lewis W. Hine

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/

The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory http://www.chicagohistory.org/fire/

Salem Witchcraft Trials

http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Industrial Revolution. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook14.html

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amrvhtml/conshome.html

Chinatown Resource Guide http://www.pbs.org/kqed/chinatown/resourceguide/index.html

442nd Regimental Combat Team http://www.goforbroke.org/� (Japanese American soldiers in WWII)

The Triangle Factory Fire http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/

Automobile Installment Plan http://www.thehenryford.org/exhibits/smartfun/modelt/installment/installment.html

Museum of the City of San Francisco (Includes Chinese Americans, Gold Rush, Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Earthquake of 1989, Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and more)

Ancestors in the Americas (Asian Americans)

Pacific Link: Angel Island

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Accuracy and Credibility Assessment – If you are going to do your own search on the internet, make sure you check the quality of the resource before using it in your research.

Updated 2/26/14