September 13, 2020

Finding Resources: Free to Use & Reuse Primary Source Sets

These sets are just a small sample of the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The digital collections comprise millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more. Click the topic link to access each Free to Use & Reuse set from the Library. Those sets that have related sets of images found on the Library's Flickr Photostream or sets of Library resources and/or learning resources … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Library of Congress Flickr Commons

The Library of Congress collaborated with Flickr in 2007 to launch the Commons with the mission of providing another outlet for copyright free images from its collections and the goal of enjoining the Flickr community to contribute information about the sources: “Please help make the photographs you enjoy more discoverable by adding tags and leaving comments. Your contributions and knowledge make these photos even richer.” Starting out with 3,100 images, the Library photostream has more than … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Browsing the Primary Source Nexus

There are two ways to browse content on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus: by content category or by using the top navigation menus. Content Categories Each post on this blog is assigned to one of five categories listed in the Browse Content Categories box in the middle column on the homepage. Primary Source Picks: curated primary source sets from the Library of Congress Teaching & Learning: primary source teaching resources—activities, lessons, and projects—and teaching … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Accessing Contemporary Articles

In our new Timely Connections section, we will be linking contemporary articles to primary sources and teaching ideas. Some of the articles may come from websites, such as The New York Times and the The Washington Post, that restrict access to their content. Most sites provide subscription discounts to educators and allow anyone to access a limited number of free articles per month. But what happens if you don't have a subscription or when you've reached the monthly limit? Turn to your … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Quick Links

This teaching resource blog was created to help educators and students teach and learn with primary sources from the Library of Congress. There is a lot of material to browse and search on the Primary Source Nexus, but sometimes you just need to go directly to a particular section of the Library website. But how do you quickly locate and access that section? We've compiled a list of 30 links to get you to the resources you're looking for lightning quick: LOC.gov Quick Links page.   … [Read more...]

Finding Reources: Exploring the Digital Collections

Summer is the perfect time to take some time to explore the Library of Congress digital collections. You can simply use the URL: https://www.loc.gov/collections/. Alternatively, you can navigate from the LOC.gov homepage by clicking the menu icon to the right of the search bar at the top of the page, clicking the Discover link, then clicking the link in the Digital Collections box. There are more than 400 digital collections so there's plenty to explore. The default view is Gallery so you … [Read more...]

Finding Reources: Library of Congress YouTube Channel

The Library of Congress YouTube™ channel features, "Timeless treasures and contemporary presentations from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C." On the Library's YouTube homepage you will find a featured video as well as a browsable list of the most recent uploads and the Library's playlists. Video Uploads To access all the videos the Library has uploaded, click the Videos tab. The default view shows all uploads with the list view of videos by date added (newest). Use the … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Everyday Mysteries

If you're looking for some fun science facts to intrigue and delight your elementary students, head over to the Everyday Mysteries section of LOC.gov. This part of the Library of Congress website gives answers to many of life's most interesting scientific questions, all of which were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. You can search for topics on the homepage or browse archived questions and answers by … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

Do you have a class website or web page? If you do and you love Library of Congress primary sources as much as we do, here's a way you can provide your students with direct access to all the fantastic resources compiled on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog. Simply add a custom Google search engine to your website or web page. It's really quite easy and only takes a few steps as you will see when you watch this great, quick video tutorial by Richard Byrne of Free … [Read more...]