Click here to access your research intro!
Gale Virtual Reference Library (eBooks) – password on the green sheet. Remember that “excerpt” refers to a primary source. The UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History is a good first source.
World Book Online – Basic information. Follow directions on the green sheet.
Exploring American History: 1550 to 1877 – Same username and password as Gale eBooks
The Old West Encyclopedia – Same username and password as the Gale eBooks
- See our reserve carts. Remember to check the 1800s cart – not just the cart for your class’s topic.
- Find books in the collection. Use the app on your iPad. From a computer try:
- Click on Destiny Library Catalog (on the right) to see if we have a book on your topic.
- Print your list, or sign in to save your list.
- If you want to check out a book, write your name on a small post-it and place that in the front of the book. If no one else wants the book, you can check it out the last week of research.
- Sorry, we won’t be checking out Reference books or the books on the reserve carts.
Menlo Park Public Library Databases: You’ll need your public library card number OR the Library Links number on your green sheet.
Library Links for Education – Most of these are listed above, but you might find something new!
General Websites – Most cover many topics
Digital Public Library of America – Primary Source sets.
America’s Library – from the Library of Congress. Click on your era!
American Memory, from the Library of Congress Lots of amazing primary documents.
EyeWitness to History – “Your ringside seat to History” – eyewitness accounts (primary sources). Choose “Voices” or “History in Motion” for audio and video clips.
Digital History– Various topics. Online textbook, primary sources, multimedia.
National Park Service – Search for your topic
The History Place – Ad-supported but reputable. Main exhibits down the middle, left sidebar has lots more info.
Freedom – A History of US – Click “Webisodes menu.” Also, LOTS of great links!
Lone Star College Links – Some of their links are a little questionable, but some are amazing!
PBS Learning Media – search for videos,websites and images
Native Americans – tons of links – scroll down!
Cherokee Nation Site – Sidebars on left for Culture, History and Language
Mexican-American War – great images and maps
Civil War, Slavery & Reconstruction
Civil War Homepage – links to primary documents
Solving a Civil War photo mystery – before there was photoshop, photos were manipulated to make a point!
Africans in America – PBS
Born in Slavery – Slave narratives from the Library of Congress
Lone Star College Links – Click through to find info and primary sources
Becoming a World Power (old topics)
Rise of Industrial America – Library of Congress
Andrew Carnegie – PBS
Child Labor – Deeply moving photos, informative captions.
Tenement Museum of New York– Browse exhibits or click History.
Haven to Home – 350 Years of Jewish life in America.