Colonial Era Research


Click here to view Mrs. Mathenia’s research tutorial.

Go directly to Noodletools to enter your citations.

Tutorial for citing a website.

Tutorial for citing a database.

Directions for printing your Works Cited from Noodletools.

Databases – see your green sheet for passwords

Gale Virtual Reference Library – See green handout for password.

World Book Online – Username and password on green sheet.

Follettshelf: Go to Destiny (link on your right) and find the Colonial Era eBooks Resource List.

Library Links for Education. Try Biography or U.S. History in Context.


aka “the free web.”   These sites are screened by your librarians.  Remember your ABCs if you follow links to another site or use a search engine.

* Also try the historical society sites for your topic – usually informative and reliable!

National Museum of American History – VERY basic info on colonial life and the Revolution, from the Smithsonian.

Colonial Williamsburg has an excellent website that covers many topics, in basic to intermediate depth!

The American Revolution, by the National Park Service. Good basic-level information.

Discover History, by the National Park Service. Search your topic at the top.

Liberty! by PBS. Use the Liberty search bar or browse the subject index.

American Memory, from the Library of Congress Lots of amazing primary documents

American Revolution, by Docs Teach, The National Archives Primary Documents. Please note that their citations are not MLA format!

Digital History– Various topics. Online textbook, primary sources, multimedia.

History Channel – Sometimes more speculative than factual!

The History Place – Ad-supported but reputable. Main exhibits down the middle, left sidebar has lots more info.

For fun, mostly: Annotated Hamilton Lyrics.  Click on the highlighted lyrics to read annotations, and follow the links to other sources you can cite for research!

PBS has a fun interactive website about their program Colonial House. It might be useful for imagining life in Colonial America, and especially for clothing and ship topics.