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History Research Materials

American History

American History from ABC-CLIO

Use at Home? Yes

Description: From the explorers of the Americas to today’s headlines, investigate the people, events, and themes of our nation’s evolution.

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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

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Description: Open Access collection of primary documents from 1790 to the modern day detailing the black struggle for freedom in the United States.

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Chicago Tribune Historical Edition

Chicago Tribune Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue in 1849 to 1994. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

 

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Chicago Tribune Historical Edition

Christian Science Monitor Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Coverage from 1908 to 2004.

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Daily Life Through History

Daily Life Through History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Discover details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – American History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – Defining Moments in U.S. History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This resource for middle school students and above explores the historical context and consequences of 30 defining moments in United States history, such as the Battle of Gettysburg, the Great War and the Jazz Age and the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Each event is treated in detail and supplemented with primary source documents, timelines, biographies, reading lists, glossaries, and photographs.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

Fact Cite – The Lincoln Library

Use at Home? Yes

Description: American History – More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.

 

Biography for Beginners – Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers.

 

Greek & Roman Mythology – 500 articles on Greek and Roman mythological figures with more than 300 illustrations.

 

U.S. & World Biography – 10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world. More than 2,000 illustrations.

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FreedomFlix

FreedomFlix

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This American History resource includes e-books from Scholastic’s Cornerstones of Freedom series. Each is paired with nonfiction videos and links to related websites. Topics include: Revolutionary Era, Our Democracy, Westward Expansion, Immigration, Slavery and the Civil War, Economy, the 20th Century, Today’s World and War.

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Historic Map Works: Residential Genealogy

Historic Map Works

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This high quality, full color digital collection of historic maps is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of over 1.5 million maps of the United States and the world.

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Historical Statistics of the United States Millenial Edition Online

Historical Statistics of the United States

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Online edition of five-volume print compendium of historical statistics. Contains over 37,000 data series, on wide-ranging topics. Users may create customized tables and spreadsheets.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center

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Description: Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

 

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History Study Center

History Study Center

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Description: This targeted collection of full-text journals and popular magazines provides expansive coverage of a wide range of global historical topics and themes.

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Illinois Digital Archive Jesse White Secretary of State

Illinois Digital Archives

Use at Home? Yes

Description: St. Charles, Kane County and Illinois local history documents, maps and photos.

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community history archive

Local Historical Newspapers

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Searchable database of local digital microfilm 1842-1998.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage from 1881 to 1994.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times

New York Times Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue in 1851. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

 

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NewspaperArchive

NewspaperArchive

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Locate obituaries, and other news stories in full page views of historical newspapers from across the world dating from 1607.

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Newspapers.com by Ancestry

Newspapers.com

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Locate obituaries, and other news stories in full page views of historical newspapers from across the world dating from 1690.

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Britannica Library

Original Sources

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, science, law, politics, religion, and more.

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PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo Next – State and American Indian Studies

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Find information on all US states, with curriculum-connected content for grades 3-6. Link to American Indian tribes based in each state, with historical and current data. Learn more with videos, state songs and regional recipes.

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Pop Culture Universe

Pop Culture Universe

Use at Home? Yes

Description: An irresistible yet authoritative digital database on popular culture in America and the world, both past and present. Great for decades or history projects.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Includes Christian Science Monitor (1908-2009), Los Angeles Times (1881-1997), New York Times (1851-2018), Wall Street Journal (1889-2010), Washington Post (1877-2006)

 

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Salem History

Salem History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains great historical reference books including: Great Lives From HistoryThe Decades In America, and Milestone Documents. A great place to start your research.

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ProQuest Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970

Sanborn Maps – Illinois Collection

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape. Come explore Illinois’s rich and diverse building history.

 

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Scholastic True Flix

TrueFlix

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Includes digital Scholastic True Books, links to further information in Grolier Online and websites about each topic. Non-fiction topics include: continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disasters, space, human body and ecosystems.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time from 1889-2000.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers Washington Post

Washington Post Historical Edition

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage from 1877 to 2001.

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World History The Modern Era

World History: The Modern Era

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Latest update of electronic history reference materials for high school and high-level middle school coursework covering history from the Renaissance to day.

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