Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History: “A Treasure Trove”

History is not just a list of dates and events. But history taught well is vibrant, relevant, and engaging. And nothing brings history to life like primary sources that give students a close-up look at history as it unfolded.

Gale and Smithsonian have partnered to deliver an online resource that includes unique and seminal primary sources, including documents, maps, historical objects, and other materials from the museums and archives from the collections of the Smithsonian and from Gale’s leading digital collections: Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History.

Designed for use by both teachers and librarians, this resource from Gale supports core and Advanced Placement U.S. history programs. Primary source images are hand-curated by scholars at the Smithsonian – experts who have a unique knowledge of U.S. history as seen through the Smithsonian’s valuable collections and shaped for the school curriculum by an advisory board of teachers.

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The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000: A “Must-have”

Provide multi-disciplinary research with a fully-searchable digital archive of what was once the world’s largest selling newspaper. The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 provides a fascinating picture of politics, society, and culture through approximately one million pages of the newspaper’s backfile. Offering a balance of personal interest stories alongside incisive analysis, The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 delivers a fascinating glimpse into daily life as it was experienced over the past 150 years.

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China from Empire to Republic is a “Preferred Tool”

Provide researchers with unique, firsthand accounts of the cultural interactions and conflicts that gave rise to today’s modern China with China from Empire to Republic:  Missionary, Sinology and Literary Periodicals 1817-1949 Archive. These periodicals illuminate the thoughts of Chinese intellectuals and Westerners, mainly missionaries, about China – and, more importantly, their efforts to understand and study Chinese history, culture, language, and literature.

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Philosophy: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies “Inspires Curiosity”

Looking to support researchers’ knowledge in philosophy? Philosophy: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, a valuable primer in the study of philosophy, provides the philosophical information students need. By employing literature, film, art, history, and other disciplines, the twenty-seven thematic chapters identify areas of critical thought and practice in the philosophical study.

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The “Excellent Content” of British Library Newspapers, Part V

Sourced from the extensive holdings of the British Library, British Library Newspapers delivers a wide range of irreplaceable local and regional voices to reflect the social, political, and cultural events of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. These newspapers, emerging during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a crucial channel of information in towns and major cities, provide researchers with a unique, first-hand perspective on history. Support researchers with “excellent content” on United Kingdom history with more than 750,000 pages from 36 newspapers from 1746-1950.

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Gale Researcher: “A Strong Database” that helps “Minimize the Legwork”

Wondering how you can save time and see better results? The search stops here. Gale Researcher puts reliable, citable information all in one place—at students’ fingertips. Now, faculty and librarians can direct students to one encompassing source of information and save the time it takes to compile and map individual resources.

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Archives of Sexuality & Gender: A “Recommended” Resource

Support scholarly researchers, students, and educators with LGBTQ history and culture with Archives of Sexuality & GenderLikewise, LGBTQ community, allies, and families can also gain a deep understanding with this resource of approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source content. Covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, Archives of Sexuality & Gender  is a “recommended” resource for all researchers.

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Advocating for study of the humanities

The STEM field, (science, technology, engineering, and math) has been promoted as the way to go for students seeking careers that are growing and in-demand. The value of humanities is often lost in that conversation. But in a recent trip to Seoul, South Korea,  William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities … Read more

Information Literacy: Knowing What To Do With All That Data

If there’s one thing modern society seems to be good at, it’s creating content and making it available.   According to VCloud News, 2.5 billion gigabytes of content are created each day1.  To quantify that a bit more, that means the amount of data created each day is equal to streaming 1 billion hours of high definition TV.

So, is it any wonder that undergraduates are often overwhelmed at the outset of a research project?  Where should they begin?  How can they evaluate the quality of content sources and ensure that they’re using relevant, expert information?

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Librarian on a Mission Increases Access and Awareness of Library Digital Resources

Mark Gottschalk is a librarian on a  mission. His mission is to increase the value that the library provides to the South Plains College campus, located in Levelland, Texas. “My personal mission is to find ways to make the library a more used and integrated part of the college community,” Gottschalk said. By increasing usage … Read more