Foreman Library Source Book:

Where do I find sources for my research project?
Now that you understand the research process, can evaluate sources, know if you want primary or secondary sources, and can successfully evaluate information found on the internet, you are ready to conduct meaningful research.

To help you get started, we have assembled a variety of electronic sites that can assist students and teachers when searching for quality source material. PLEASE start here before you go on your merry way to indiscriminate Goggling. Your librarian has tried to group sites together that contain similar types of information. Scroll through entire page!

Library Print Collections:

​The Foreman High School Library catalog:

Remember that our school library might have secondary source material related to your topic.

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The Chicago Public Library catalog:

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Local Databases:

  • Chicago Public Library Database (You will need your CPL library card number and personal Zip code to access this site).

  • Safari Montage video database.This site is hosed by CPS ON Demand. It contains hundreds of video clips suitable for class and research use. Safari Montage is searchable by subject, allows you to create playlists, can save past searches etc. This link will connect you to the Safari Montage Log-in: enter your CPS username and password AND select Foreman High School. Students and staff can access Safari Montage from school computers or home.

Popular Government Information Sources:
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

    Huge site with accurate government generated information and statistics--Take some time to fully acquaint yourself with the lay-out and search options. The BLS is most often used at Foreman High School to research specific occupations

  • Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook.The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. Tons of CURRENT statistics.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mission of the CDC: Collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. US Government agency.

  • City of Chicago's Official Site: Not an easy site to navigate.Before you use, we suggest you examine all five of the drop down menus found in tabs at top of page. Also try keyword search in box at upper right-hand corner of site.

Primary Source Documents (Full text):

  • The American Presidency Project: The American Presidency Project was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its archives contain 103,517 documents related to the study of the Presidency. Start examining the site on the homepage link or directly access the Document Archivespage...A large trove of presidential resources. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO INVESTIGATE...Try using the search tools first.. Site contains:
    • Full text.
    • Audio.
    • Video.
    • Statistics.
    • Full transcripts of items such as debates, press conferences, reports to congressional committies.

  • American Antiquarian Society Digital Image Archive. The American Antiquarian Society's collections of books, manuscripts, graphic arts and other printed materials are large, comprehensive, and accessible. Comprising some four million items related to American history, literature, and visual culture, the collections offer perspective on everyday lives, community developments, and the history of printing. Also see Library Collections Home.

  • The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy form Yale University (CT). Connects you to hundereds of full-text primary source documents from 4000 bc to the 21st century. Menu at project home pahe groups documents by centuries. However, century specific doucments are arranged alphabetically by title of document (not by country or topic)...may be time-consuming to browse. You can try to search for country and topic (ex. United states AND Vietnam war)...but this stratagy connects to a host of documents not necessarily connected with your intended topic. The search box works well if you know the exact title of the document you want. I do think it is worth your time to browse...lots oi amazing and interesting documents that enhance the traditional list of topical documents most used in high school.

  • Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938. From Library of Congress' American Memory Project. Connect to the original type-written manuscripts of these historic interviews with the last survivors of American slavery. Each narrator describes their first-hand experiences as a slave. To connect directly to an index of narrators click here and select from hundreds of narratives. From Main Page click on "Browse Narrative by Narrator." Documents are easily readable on the site but will have to be retyped/reformatted for class use.

  • Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement: An Online Archival Collection from Duke University (NC).
    • The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group.
    • Very good women's history socio-political sources.

  • **German Propaganda Archive** from Calvin College (MI): Propaganda was central to Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The German Propaganda Archive includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand these two totalitarian systems by giving them access to the primary source material each produced.

  • Hanover Historical Texts Collection. From Hanover College (IN). Similar in structure and scope to the Fordham University Internet History Sourcebook Projects. Fewer resources than Fordham site Internet History Sourcebooks Project..

  • Internet History Sourcebook Projects. From Fordham University (NY). The Internet History Sourcebook Projects is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of full text/Primary Source Documents. Use Tabs on right site of site to locate the general period you seek. This will connect you with all the primary source documents available, further sub-divided by specific topic. Highly recommended.

  • Primary sources in US History. Site affiliated with the Heritage Foundation. Contains over 50 primary source-full text documents (each document preceded by prefatory introduction written by Heritage Foundation). Topics: (a) America’s Founding (1775-1801), (b) Constitutional Government (1787-1802), (c) Progressivism and Liberalism (1887-1989), (d) Conservatism (1926-2010). NOTE: The Heritage Foundation is a self-identified conservative think-tank and this may contain conservative bias in document introductory information and/or document selection.

  • US History Primary Source Collections Online from Sam Houston State University (TX), Newton Greshan Library. Comprehensive and well organized with topical hotlinks to get you pointed in the right direction. Some collections need individual log-in, some are fully public...worth the time to investigate.

Digital Collections:
  • American Memory Project Index (Library of Congress). American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning. This site is a big wow. Be directed to an alphabetical list of all collections

  • Chicago in MapsMessage from site creator: “Welcome! is simply a website to gather together links to various historic and digitized maps of Chicago. The Historic maps and Thematic maps pages will link directly to specific maps. Additional collections, including some that don't allow direct linking, can be found on the Sources and links page. Chicago Map Stories is a look at some 50 historic Chicago maps and the interesting stories they is a labor of love by Dennis McClendon at Chicago CartoGraphics.”

  • Digital Collections and Services (Library of Congress). Massive and not as well organized as I would have expected. The Library of Congress was a pioneer in Digitizing information…did not correct early mistakes, esp. in the area of searchabiility. …Take the time to play with this site and you will be amazed by the amount of material, already digitized, that is at your finger-tips.

  • Digital Resources Guide for the Labor Archives of Washington State University (Pullman, WA.): This project has made hundreds of primary textual and visual resources relating to Pacific Northwest labor history more accessible to the public. Collections include (a) IWW (International Workers of the World Union) in the Pacific Northwest; (b) the Seattle General Strike of 1919; (c) Anti-Labor reactions and Labor Espionage; (d) Labor and the New Deal; and (e) Labor in the Modern Era. While specific to the Pacific Northwest, this collection holds specific examples (documents, photos, news reports) of those general themes of the labor movement discussed in high school classes.

  • Historical Atlas of the 20th Century: Site created and maintained by self-proclaimed non-historian Matthew White (see his personal homepage)It is easier for you to investigate the site to see what it offeres than for us to describe it...this is one of my favorite digital general-information source sites. Site traces specific trends and illustrates change over time for regions of the world. A very good tool. Last updated in 2003.

  • Illinois Digital Archive. The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. What can you find in the Illinois Digital Archives? Here is what the site creator claims: (a) Photographs, slides, glass negatives; (b) Oral histories; (c) Manuscripts and letters; (d) Illinois government documents; (e) Federal government documents; (f) Postcards; (g) Posters; (h) Videos; (i) Newspapers; (j) Maps; and more!

  • Marxists Internet Archive. MIA contains the writings of 592 authors representing a complete spectrum of political, philosophical, and scientific thought, generally spanning the past 200 years. MIA contains these writings in 45 different languages, comprising a total size of over 53,000 primary source documents and 29 GB of data, all created through the work of volunteers around the world. You can find transcribed documents AND digitized originals. This is a great site that represents a comprehensive overview of the Marxist socio-political perspective. This has far more than just Soviet documents...has alot of early 1900s US labor documents.

  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery: NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, potographs and more. Not particularyly good if looking for specific people or places. Has broad themes. Very usefull for social history. Enlargement and print options for each photo.

  • Photographs from The Chicago Daily News 1902-1933. Part of Library of Congress’ American Memory Project. This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although only about twenty percent of the images in the collection were published in the newspaper.

    • United States Propagand
      1. John Bull and Uncle Sam (from LOC): Biased images from the American Revolution.
      2. Wake up America, World War I Progaganda posters.
      3. USA: World War 1 & 2 Propaganda Posters.
      4. **World War II Poster Collection** from Northwestern University (IL). The 338 items, primarily World War II-era posters, featured in this site's database were collected and preserved by the Northwestern University Government and Geographic Information and Data Services Department. Issued by various U.S. government agencies, these posters represent the government's effort, through art, illustration, and photographs, to pull the American people together in a time of adversity for the country and its population

    • Spanish Propganda:
      1. The Visual Front: Images from the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (both Republican and Fascist sides of the conflict are represented in this collection from the University of California San Diego's Southworth Collection). Click on an image for a thumnail and brief description. Then click on thumbnail for enlargement of image.

    • Vietnamese Propaganda (1950-1974):
      1. The Dogma Collection of Vietnamese Propaganda Art. The Dogma Collection, numbering-over a thousand original posters, is the largest accredited body of original Vietnamese propaganda art in the public domain. The majority of the posters in this unique Collection were created during the fiercest years of the prolonged struggle for national unity, 1960 through to 1974, which encompassed the period of the Vietnam - American War.

    • Communist China Propaganda.
      1. Shanghai Propaganda Art Center: A private museum documenting changes in china 1910-1990 through Poster Art. A majority of the items in the collection were systematically destroyed after 1995 and may exist nowhere but this institution. Scroll through all tabs under "Collection" heading at the upper left of page. Majoirty of images are from 1949-1970.

  • University Of Michigan Digital Collections. Provides access to the 257 digitized collections created by the UM Digital Production Services. Link connects you to the index of all collection. Tabs at top of page allows you to search within collections and/or evaluate featured collections. Multiple filters found at left of index.A powerhouse digital library.

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