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Digital Collections

These are just a slection of the resources freely available online.

Online Resources

Finding Sources Online

The list of collections to the right includes just some of the wealth of resources available online. If you don't see what you're looking for, consider these strategies for seeking additional sources:

Browse a subject directory. Subject directories are useful when you are interested in seeing a broad variety of sources on your topic. Some subject directories include annotations and evaluations of sites. Some examples:

Use a search engine. Google Scholar might be a good choice (see box at far right). When searching, use specific terms. For example, search for the “emancipation proclamation” not just “slavery,” or search for "segregation” and "Brown vs. Board of Education" rather than “civil rights” and "education." The more specific you can be the better reults you will get.

Get recommendations from your professor or librarian.

Check published guides to subject-specific web sites. If you get an early start, you can get titles like these through MOBIUS:

  • The European History Highway: A Guide to Internet Resources. Dennis A. Trinkle and Scott A. Merriman, editors. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2002.
  • History and the Internet: A Guide. By Patrick D. Reagan. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History. By Kathleen W. Craver. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Look for "Best of" posts and other reviews like this curated list from EdTech Teacher: Civil Rights Movement.

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

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