History Research Project

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 five (5) sources, and they should include at least one of each of the following formats:  book; periodical (e.g., magazine or newspaper article – either print or digital copy); media (nonprint) source (e.g., video, online website or database, audio).


Setting Up MLA Formatted Paper from Works Cited - History 8 Research



Britannica School 

World Book Online



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.)

SIRS Discoverer


Gale Databases


Media Sources:

ABC-CLIO American History

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.

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

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

Additonal websites on specific topics are listed below under Miscellaneous.

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: Accuracy and Credibility Assessment


Additional Websites:

1. Lincoln: great emancipator


National Museum of American History (see links down right side to navigate through Lincoln’s life)

White House: History: Abraham Lincoln

American Presidents: Miller Center: (Lincoln Domestic Affairs includes a section on Emancipation)

SF Chronicle: Lincoln Abolitionist or Radical

2. Reconstruction


PBS Jim Crow Experience

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

PBS: Reconstruction and Black Education – Click on “support materials” & “background essay”

3. US policy re: Native Americans on great plains


Remember Sand Creek Massacre: N.Y. Times

Sand Creek Massacre: Harvard University article

PBS: Native Americans and Transcontinental Railroad

4. Carnegie


PBS: Andrew Carnegie: Richest Man in the World (multiple articles)

America’s Story, From America’s Library:  Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie – Man of Steel

5. Immigration


6. Women’s Suffrage


7. Total War



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

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library 

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

Document 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 

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration: Exhibit Hall 

Stanford History Education Group: Beneath the picture next to the words “Original Documents” click “Quick View” to see original words of The Emancipation Proclamation

Homestead Act: transcript of document

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

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