Survival Tips for College Students:
read like a historian:
Having trouble keeping up with class readings? I've put together some tips on how to read more efficiently and effectively. It downloads as a .pdf file. For further advice, take a look at Professor Timothy Burke's helpful essay.
write like a historian:
Troubled by the passive voice or run-on sentences? Unsure when to use "I" in your prose? Want to learn more about how and why history professors often have different expectations for student papers than philosophy or English professors? Go here for a great collection of writing "hand-outs" on these and other topics, prepared by an institution dear to my heart, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more general writing advice, download (.pdf) my own handout on how to write an argumentative essay in college. It lays out some overall essay-writing principles and offers a step-by-step process for writing better papers.
talk like a historian:
Click here to download as a .pdf file my glossary of terms used in History 388 (Historiography).
Sites Especially for History Teachers:
California History-Social Science Standards (This page has useful info for teachers)
National Center for History in the Schools (info on national standards, primary sources, and lesson plans on U.S. and world history
The History Teacher is a journal written by and for K-12 and college teachers. Issues from 2010 to 2012 are here. J-Stor and other library databases also have older volumes.
History Matters (a large site containing documents and designed for high school and university history teachers)
Classroom Lesson Plans (links from the History News Network)
Best of History Websites (links to well-chosen lesson plans on other websites)
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms (with lesson plans)
Teaching the JAH (Journal of American History (a great way to bring cutting-edge scholarship into the classroom)
H-Net Discussion Lists (over a hundred discussion groups on specialized topics in history, from H-California to H-Africa to H-Women)
Finding Primary Sources and Documents
One of the best ways to find a primary document is to visit a general search engine such as www.google.com and
type "sources" or "documents" along with whatever subject you are interested in you are interested in (Native Americans, Reconstruction, etc.). As a general rule, documents presented on academic websites (.edu) are the most reliable sources. To limit your Google search to only .edu sites, enter your search words and then type "site:.edu" as well.
Primary Documents for General U.S. History
very small sampling):
Ad Access (a very rich collection of historical print advertisements, in color and black and white)
American Memory Collection Finder (a general home page for Library of Congress collections online)
The U.S. National Archives has some of its VAST collection on-line.
History Matters (an extensive site with documents and exhibits)
The National Humanities Center offers documents and teaching ideas on U.S. history from 1492 through the 1960s
Modern History Source Book (lots of links for U.S. and world history)
Duke University Library sources (digitized collections on advertising, medicine, the Civil War, music, women's and African-American history, and more)
The American Presidency Project (contains primary documents, including audio and video streams going back to Benjamin Harrison)
Miller Center for Public Affairs (read and listen to speeches from U.S. presidents; also contains oral history collections on U.S. politics)
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2008
Film and U.S. History (documents and old movie trailers)
Professor Rebecca Edwards has material on the Gilded Age (1865-1905), drawn from her book New Spirits)
Sources on Immigration History (1790-1930) from Harvard University Library
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (an exhibit on a deadly 1909 factory fire)
The Anti-Saloon League, 1893-1933
Culture Wars: 1920s America
America in the 1930s
The Literature and Culture of the American 1950s
America from the Great Depression to World War II (a Library of Congress site with thousands of archival photographs)
Professor Erika Lee has good links on Asian-American history
Resources for Chicano Studies from UCLA library
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project (a source for information on Japanese-American internment during World War II)
UCSB Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (listen to mp3 files of popular music from the early 20th century. These songs were originally recorded on wax or aluminum, but now you can download them as mp3 files. It's convenient! It's even legal!)
Internet Movie Database (looking for a movie set in a certain historical period or place? Type in some keywords on this great site)
Internet Archives Movie Archive (a great source for short old movies, especially documentary shorts from the mid-twentieth century)
Primary Documents for the History of U.S.
Professor Vincent Ferraro at Mt. Holyoke College has assembled a useful collection of documents on his website, with a concentration from 1898 to the present.
The National Security Archive (a large collection of declassified U.S. government documents spanning the Cold War era through current events)
Cold War International History Project (a good site for new scholarship and newly released government documents from outside the United States, especially from former Communist states)
Professor Nick Sarantakes has a good set of general links on primary sources.
Avalon Project at Yale Law School (an extensive collection of documents from the 18th century up to the 9-11-2001 attacks)
Project Diana: Online Human Rights Archive
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) (This valuable series is the U.S. State Department's collection of important policymaking documents. FRUS is currently online for most of the 1960s, and volumes from earlier and later years are slowly coming up. You can find bound volumes for all years in the third floor of JFK library in the JX233 section of the stacks. Please note that, due to declassification delays, this series currently has nothing more recent than records from the Nixon administration.)
FRUS online (offers partial but still substantial on-line versions of FRUS from 1863 to 1958. Almost all of these volumes are also in JFK library.)
World War I and World War II Posters
World War II Poster Collection
Dr. Seuss Went to War (Yes, the famous children's author also drew war-related cartoons!)
Documents on the Decision to Use Atomic Bombs in 1945
Another good documents site on the 1945 atomic bombings, from the National Security Archive
The Wars for Vietnam, 1945 to 1975
Listen to the President Think Out Loud! Telephone Recording from Lyndon Johnson's White House
Listen to the President: Transcripts of Two 1965 Conversations on Vietnam
PBS Frontline "The War Behind Closed Doors" (on George W. Bush's foreign policy in the Middle East)
H-Diplo Resources page (few links to primary sources but a good place to learn about different archives and organization in the field)
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Stanford French Studies Links for Research in France
See pictures of handsome cheeses on the website of what might be the world's greatest cheese shop (in Toulouse, France)
Two formidable cheeses have homepages here: Pont L'Evêque and Livarot
California has some pretty good cheese too, as with those from the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes
Curdnerds.com (the self-proclaimed Internet Home of Cheese Aficionados)
The Cheese Guide from Nicole's Gourmet Imports in South Pasadena
Explore the all-American technology behind Easy Cheese, one of the few cheeses that can be consumed through a straw!
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