Suggested websites from Eric Foner
Chinese in California1850-1925 from the Library of Congress
Rise and Fall of Jim Crow from PBS
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire from Cornell University
Freedmen and Southern Society Project from University of Maryland
Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1860-1930 from the Library of Congress
Statistics & Maps
- Library of Congress Map Collections 1500-2000
- Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook. Palo Alto, CA: Information Publications, 1999. Reference E185.86 .B5238 1999
- U.S. Bureau of the Census. Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1975. Reference HA202 .B87 1975
- Historical Census Browser covers U.S. Census data 1790-1960.
- Avalon Project -- Documents in law, history, & government for U.S.; from Yale
- History: American and British from Rutgers University
Finding Web Resources on Your Own
Since anyone can publish on the Web (and since it seems as though everyone does), it's important to critically evaluate the Web resources you run across. Here are some hints for doing that:
Some "tricks" to use in evaluating Web sites
1. Frequently, authors of Web pages include a date to indicate when the page was last updated. Look towards the bottom of the Web page to see if there's a date.
2. Examine the domain name carefully. Usually, but not always, domain names in the U.S. that end in .com are commercial, those that end in .gov are governmental, .edu is for educational institutions, and .org is for nonprofits and other organizations. Compare these sites: here's a .com for U.S. history; here's a .edu that covers U.S. history.
3. Frequently, but not always, a tilde (the symbol ~) prior to a file name indicates that it is someone's personal Web page. Some places on the Web are in the business of hosting personal Web pages. When a domain name has geocities, angelfire, tripod, or aol in it, the Web page is probably a personal one. Here, for example, is a site posted at tripod.
4. If a site has a long file name, try taking off the last part of the URL to see the Web page or site to which it is hooked. For example, this site is posted at what educational institution?
5. If you're curious as to who owns a Web site, go to register.com and find out!
When using a search engine
- Use quotation marks (" ") to keep words in phrases together
- If you want the search engine to recognize a letter as a capital, capitalize it. Otherwise, use lower case
- Most search engines have an Advanced search mode which can help you do better, more precise searches