April 17, 2014

Exploring America’s Library: Stories + Sources = Engaging Discovery

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America's Library is filled with stories about the history and culture of the United States, richly embellished with all types of primary sources. The website is a great way to introduce younger students and lower level readers to the Library of Congress and primary sources. You can access America's Library by clicking the Kids & Families link, found in the main, center section—Collection Highlights—of the Library website homepage under the Especially for header. On the Kids … [Read more...]

Viewing, Saving & Printing Maps from the Library of Congress

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Overview The Library of Congress cartographic collection is the largest in the world and contains millions of maps, thousands of which are available online from the LOC.gov website. The Library interface allows you to zoom into these digitized maps in incredible detail simply through your web browser, save the maps in a variety of sizes for offline viewing, and even print the maps out. Viewing maps online Click on an item from a search result to view the map's bibliographic record and a … [Read more...]

LOC.gov resources available during the government shutdown

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Are you feeling like the government shutdown is putting a serious crimp in your ability to implement primary source activities in the classroom? Well, don't despair, the situation is far from hopeless. Here are some ways to access great Library of Congress resources during the government shutdown. Congress.gov legislative information on Congress.gov available World Digital Library primary sources from numerous partner institutions, including the Library of Congress, … [Read more...]

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus at a Glance

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Need help navigating the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus? This quick guide will help you to quickly and easily find the teaching resources and Library of Congress primary sources highlighted on this website. Posts Categories 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. Primary Source Picks highlights primary … [Read more...]

Viewing & Saving Primary Sources from American Memory

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Overview American Memory is a collection of nearly 150 collections containing millions of primary sources related to American culture and history. Below you will find tips for accessing and saving primary source items from the American Memory collections. Viewing & saving prints, photographs, images of text documents The Library of Congress American Memory collections contain hundreds of thousands of of prints, photographs, and images of text documents. While you will find some of these … [Read more...]

Searching the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

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Overview The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) provides access to over a million digitized images, including photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While there are collections with an international scope, the 70 collections are particularly rich in materials produced in and about the history and people of the United States. PPOC Homepage From the PPOC homepage you can search across all … [Read more...]

Advanced Search Tips: Chronicling America Historic Newspapers

Advanced Search Tips: Chronicling America Historic Newspapers

Overview Chronicling America Historic Newspapers is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, as a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with coverage from 1836-1922. As of March, 2013, the Chronicling American digitized database contained more than 700 publications that were published in 26 states; the NDNP eventually plans to … [Read more...]

Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students

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Capturing an Oral History Oral histories help us to understand people and communities, giving personal and cultural context to history. Capturing an oral history is not difficult as long as you prepare for the interview in advance. Preparing for the Interview Students should conduct research to know the context for terms, events, and people linked to the social and historical events being explored. Students should generate interview questions in advance. The interview team should … [Read more...]

Searching Across LOC.gov

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Searching Across LOC.gov The Library of Congress is continually making improvements to the search functions of the online Library. Although the Library is vast and contains many sections, fruitful searches across LOC.gov are now possible. Keyword search: “child labor” (quote marks used to indicate exact phrase) Search Options Use quote marks to search for an exact phrase. Use - (minus symbol) to eliminate keywords (refine a search). Sort By: Relevance (default), Title, … [Read more...]

Exploring & Searching American Memory Individual Collections

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Each American Memory collection provides unique resources and options for searching and browsing the primary source collection items. These options can help you find primary source items more efficiently. The collection shown above presents digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints. When he offered the collection to the Library in 1965, Adams wrote, "The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of … [Read more...]