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US History 19th Century Research Project   Tags: class projects, history, u.s. history  

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Chicago Style Citation

To cite an encyclopedia, use this format:

Lastname, Firstname. "Article in Quotes." Encyclopedia Title in Italics, date of publication.

(indent 2nd line of citation)

Library Books on Reserve

Our library has many books you can use for this project. Use the IPAC link in the box above to access them.

Here are a few hand-picked general books, on the library's reserve shelf:

Chronicle of America

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History

Photographic History of the Civil War, Commager

The National Museum of American History

The Story of America, Weinstein and Rubel

Encyclopedia Britannica

(Public library card needed)





    "You will be researching and writing about a significant change which occurred in the Nineteenth Century.

    This assignment is designed to extend your skills in the historical research process. You will gain experience in using Encyclopedia Britannica, a scholarly encyclopedia, and revisit our old friend EBSCO, a large magazine database." 

    Mrs. Winham













    Christian signs his new public library card, which he'll need for this project.


    Encyclopedia Britannica

    Encyclopedia Britannica's System of Color-Coded Spines

    Index (2 volumes) - blue stripe.

    How to read the numbers in the Index: 8:133:1b = volume in bold : page number : column, 1 or 2, top=a, bottom=b

    Micropedia - red stripe (Volumes 1-12, no author)

    Macropedia - black spine (Volumes 13-29, with author initials at the end of each section)

    Propaedia - green stripe (Look up author initials to find author names and credentials. List starts on p. 531)


    Try these reputable online resources!

    Avalon Project - 19th Century Documents: 1800 - 1899

    Primary Sources from the National Humanities Center

    Landmark Cases of the U. S. Supreme Court

    Historical Newspapers Online from UPenn

    The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Periodicals Search full-text. Library of Congress.

    Nineteenth Century U.S. Culture Studies from Washington State University

    POTUS - Presidents of the United States from the Internet Public Library

    YAHOO Directory of US > 19th Century >PEOPLE

    Online Databases


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