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  • 100 Milestone Documents
    This is exactly what it's called, 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
  • The Emma Goldman Papers
    Emma Goldman was a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. This is a collection of her papers and includes exhibitions and memorabilia.
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook
    The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts. These are online resources from many sources. There are speeches, letters, reports and journal articles.
  • The Making of America
    The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • The Valley of the Shadows Project
    The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.
  • LIbrary of Congress American Memory Project
    The American Memory Project is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
  • American Slave Narratives
    The American Slave Narratives contain interviews with slaves from Ohio to Mississippi, including North and South Carolina. Click on Race and Ethnicity and then African American Studies to access these materials.

History Databases

  • Credo Reference
    The best place to start your research is in an academic, subject specific encyclopedia. There are print sources on the other tab, but the best online source is Credo Reference.
  • History Reference Center
    The History Reference Center offers more than 58,000 journals, books and historical documents, 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video covering US and World history.
  • Salem History
    For Primary Source documents, check out Salem History. here you will find primary source documents going as far back as the 1700s including speeches by George Washington.
  • Academic Search Complete
    This database will help you search online journal articles. Click the “Full-Text” and Peer Review tab after doing your search so that you get articles and not just the citations. Also, click on the title to read the abstract before viewing the full text. Print in PDF if possible as it will help with your citations.
    JSTOR When you search in here, almost everything you look at will be scholarly or peer reviewed. Any result that has a green check mark is available. Click on the link and then click on the PDF link on the summary page.
    If you are still looking for more information, you are welcome to look at the resources offered through NCLIVE. You will find access to the North American Women's Letters and Diaries, American Slavery and some great PBS Videos.

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