May 26, 2018

Finding Resources: TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus at a Glance

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus
Need help navigating the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus? This brief guide will help you to quickly and easily find the teaching resources and Library of Congress primary sources highlighted on this website.




You will find links to the content categories in the Browse Content Categories box in the middle column on the homepage or under the TPS-Barat Resources menu. Each post on this blog is assigned to one of five categories.


The Primary Source Picks category features six subcategories.

Primary Source Picks subcategories

  • Today in History
    uses specific dates in history as a starting point to chronicle people and events that have shaped our world (includes brief background information and lists of primary source sets and individual primary sources from the Library); you will also find links to daily featured Today in History collections below the Browse TPS-Barat Content box
  • Primary Source Spotlight
    provides links to primary source collections and other digital content from the Library based on specific themes
  • Collection Spotlight
    highlights the primary sources and related resources found in Library of Congress collections
  • City Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual cities in the United States and around the world
  • State Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual U.S. states
  • World Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual countries or cities outside the United States

Today in History box

The Teaching & Learning category features seven subcategories.

Teaching & Learning subcategories

  • Analyzing Primary Sources
    provides guiding questions for analyzing different primary source types; also highlights best Library sections for locating particular types of primary sources
  • Connecting to the Common Core
    describes strategies for using primary source learning to meet Common Core State Standards and foster critical thinking skills
  • Learning from the Source
    provides instructions for primary source activities, lesson plans, and projects
  • Literature Links
    provide primary sources and teaching strategies to help students better connect to and understand literature
  • Primary Source Learning
    lists primary source teaching resources related to specific themes
  • Selecting Primary Sources
    provides guidance for selecting primary sources for use in learning activities
  • Teaching Now
    provides examples of how educators are using Library primary sources and teaching resources in the classroom

Tech Tips & Tutorials subcategories

The Tech Tips & Tutorials category features four subcategories.

  • Finding Resources
    provides guidance on finding primary sources & teaching resources on and
  • Integrating Tech
    provides ideas for integrating technology into teaching and learning with primary sources
  • Using Sources
    provides instructions and strategies for accessing Library primary sources for use in teaching and learning
  • Tech Tools
    highlights technology tools and provides guidance for using these tools when teaching and learning with primary sources

Each post has a number of content tags associated with it. A tag could be a single word or a phrase. For example, each Today in History post contains date as well as topic tags (e.g., may, may 1, 05 01, architecture, engineering, etc.).

Click any tag to access a list of related posts. You will notice /tag/ listed in the URL; words in multiword tags are separated with one or more hyphens (e.g.,


Primary Source Nexus Menu

Website pages are accessed via the top menu bar.

TPS-Barat Resources

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The TPS-Barat Resources section provides access to post content categories & subcategories as well as themed link sets, which are groups of primary sources, teaching resources and additional Library digital content.

CPS Social Science Resources
resources aligned to the CPS Social Science Framework 3.0; teachers outside of Chicago Public Schools will also find some great content here as well

Themed Link Sets

More Resources

The TPS-Barat Info section provides information about TPS program delivered by the Barat Education Foundation as well as a link to a contact page.

The section provides links to the Library of Congress Teachers section and Library homepage and also includes a page of Library quick links, which lead directly to different sections of the Library website of particular use to teachers and students.

To the right of the menu is a custom search engine that will search all content found on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus; remember to put your keywords in quote marks (e.g., “north pole”) to search for an exact phrase.


Below the featured Today in History items you will find a list of links to theme-related primary source collections and teaching resources.

In the right column on the homepage you will find a variety of news, including a link to the latest content from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog and the PSNTPS Twitter feed. We tweet about the resources on this blog, Library of Congress resources, and examples of teaching with primary sources.

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