November 26, 2014

Tech Tools: Citation Tools

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There are many digital citation tools available to help students properly cite the sources used in research projects. Below is a brief overview of five free resources. EasyBib Pros: numerous source types; auto search and annotation options; free Android and iOS apps and a Google Docs Add-on Cons: multiple advertisements; does not offer Turabian style Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, Chicago Author-Date, AMA, ASA, ACS, CSE, Harvard 1 Source types: nearly 60 options, 22 of which can be … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Thanksgiving Shopping Insert

Arizona Republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), 24 Nov. 1914.

Zoom into this newspaper page online or download a larger image. Use the shopping insert to help craft a Thanksgiving menu. What would you serve based on the items offered for sale? Look closely at the illustrations surrounding the advertisements. Add speech bubbles to bring the scene depicted at the top of the page to life. Compare and contrast this Thanksgiving shopping insert with other 1914 inserts from around the country. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Free Online Primary Source PD in December!

NHD 2015 December Workshop

Are your students participating in National History Day (NHD) 2015: Leadership & Legacy in History? The Library of Congress is the perfect place to find primary source analysis strategies, tools, and resources so you won't want to miss this upcoming no-cost online professional development opportunity. The TPS-Barat NHD 2015 Primary Source Primer PD will help teachers guide students in researching and creating a history fair project using primary sources and other resources from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ruby Shoots Oswald

D/A Henry Wade (l) conducts press conf. in line-up room

Today in History–November 24–the Library of Congress features the killing of John F. Kennedy's accused assassin on this date in 1963. Just two days after the president was killed, Dallas, Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed the accused, Lee Harvey Oswald, while police were transferring him from one jail to another. Journalists who were on the scene to cover the transfer inadvertently captured and broadcast the incident on live television. Find out more by visiting … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources: Tertiary, Secondary, Primary

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When conducting research, you will likely use three types of sources: primary, secondary, and tertiary. While exact definitions may vary by discipline or institution, we hope this post will help you sort out the main distinctions between these types of sources and when to use each in the research process for National History Day (NHD) and other research projects. When creating NHD or other research projects, you will use secondary and primary sources and, possibly, tertiary sources but your … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Today in History–November 19–the Library of Congress features the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on this date in 1863. Edward Everett, a well-known orator, delivered a two-hour speech. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech lasted only a few minutes. As the Library notes, "In spite of Lincoln's disclaimer that 'the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,' his brief speech continues to resonate in the American … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Alaska Line

The Alaska Line

For each of the following questions, use specific details from the map to support your conclusions (zoom into this map online or download a larger image). Who created this map? How do you know? Why do you think this map was created? Who do you think the audience might have been when it was published in 1934? How many different transportation lines are represented on this map? How many different modes of transportation are represented? Choose two points (look for the red points and find the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Suez Canal

Suez Canal

Today in History–November 17–the Library of Congress features the Suez Canal, opened on this day in 1869. The waterway connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Ocean. The longest canal in the world without locks, this heavily-traveled channel stretches 101 miles across Egypt's Isthmus of Suez. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Suez Canal. U.S. Historical newspaper coverage of the Suez … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Citing Digitized Sources from the Library

Citing Cartoons - Chicago Style

The Library of Congress offers more than 20 million digitized primary sources available to researchers of all ages. When using these sources in learning projects, it is important to provide citations of the primary sources. Citing primary sources requires students to think carefully about the source—who created/published/distributed it, when was it created, and from where was it accessed. Citing sources ensures that full credit is given to the creators and publishers of sources and that others … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Leadership & Legacy Topic Ideas – World War II & Beyond

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Every year National History Day puts together a list of sample topic ideas. TPS-Barat went through that list and selected a subset of those topic ideas to create curated collections highlighting Library of Congress resources. All topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History but the set below focuses on themes related to the 1930s and beyond. Links to more NHD follow this resource list. The Veterans Administration: Leading the Fight for Veterans … [Read more...]