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Use digital collections (i.e. documents, images, audio, video) to locate primary source materials useful in providing real-world examples.

Seek out school, library, museum, government, and nonprofit collections.

Old Way - Look in the vertical file

New Way - Search collections around the world

Explore Tools

Hot Choice - Library of Congress: Teachers

  1. Archives - US National Archives, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom
  2. Libraries - NYPL Digital Gallery, Library of Congress
  3. Historic Sites - NPS US Historic Sites, Parks Canada
  4. Museums - Smithsonian, AMNH, US Holocaust Museum, Great Chicago Fire
  5. Organizations and Comapnies - idebate, Big Universe (read books like Grandma's Feather Bed)

Design Projects

  1. Famous Photos and Documents - What makes a photo famous? Explore World's Famous Photos , the National Archives Digital Vaults, and Our Documents.
  2. Lesser Known Photos and Documents - Analyze well-known and lesser known documents such as treaties and diaries.
  3. Comic Projects - Use bubbles to bring historical photos to life
  4. Chronologies - Track a history through images
  5. People and Places - Explore people and places through history. Look for birthplace, libraries, and museums.

Avoid Wrecks

  1. Pre-select Collections
  2. Cite Sources. Look for the permanent link in a digital collection, so users can get back to the original document or image.
  3. Choose Unique Examples. In addition to famous works, look for lesser-known images and examples of every day life.
  4. Try Activity-based Resources. Explore the many interactive websites such as CHNM.
  5. Use Evaluation Tools. Use National Archives worksheets.

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Let's go the the Library of Congress Teacher Page. Explore Primary Sources Sets. Make a content area connection. Then, think of ways to connect to today's students.

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