Research Sites

A good part of writing is research.  The internet is a good source, but isn’t always reliable. Researchers know to follow up internet resources. Look in their bibliography where they got their information and the listing of books. If a writer writes a non-fiction book, they usually have to provide a proposal that entails a bibliography as proof of information. Here are a few research sites:

loc.gov    Library of Congress chronicles American newspaper collections, catalog of manuscript collections, American Memory collections, and digital images of America’s past.

http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp    This is a digital library of the 19th century which includes 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles.

http://www.castlegarden.org    NY Castle Garden is the immigration center with a database of 11 million immigrants from 1820-1892 when Ellis Island opened.

http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System- this site includes background on the social, economic, political, and military aspects of the Civil War.

http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod    This is the US Geological site that has 57 printable maps for ancestral places.

http://www.archives.gov/     This is the National Archives & Records Admin. site. It contains useful information from genealogy to White House tapings.

http://www.newspaperabstracts.com    This site hosts pages of abstracts and extracts from historical newspapers.

Many states have their own library systems for history but an invaluable portal to the world’s non-virtual library is the WorldCat with more than 1.5 billion items in libraries around the world.   Look it up @ worldcat.org.

There are numerous genealogy sites that are also helpful for research.old-letters-1082299_640

 

 

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