Thursday, November 15, 2007

Historical Periodicals
A free Website archiving materials from Harper's Weekly on specific historical topics of the nineteenth century, superbly organized for educational purposes (for research and for teaching primary historical and cultural research to secondary and post-secondary students). Current highlighted collections include Black America; the impeachment of Andrew Johnson; Civil War literature; presidential elections 1860-1884 (including the electoral college issue in the 1876 election); immigrant and ethnic America; the editorial cartoons of Thomas Nast; the American West; and 19th-century advertising. Each topic is introduced with contemporary scholarship.
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. For more details about the project, see About MoA. Making of America is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
This important journal included fashion plates as well as poems, fiction, editorials, literary notices, fashion and needlework patterns, and advice articles. Both websites listed include illustrations.

The above taken from :

Monday, October 22, 2007

Resources for your Science Fair Projects

Online databases available through Hunter College High School's Library.
These databases, especially Ebscohost's Academic Search Premier and Infotrac's Junior Edition, are great places to look for magazine articles. You should be able to access these databases from home using your hunter email username and password. Let us know if this is not the case.

Animal Diversity Web
"Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan. ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals. Every day, thousands of classroom students and informal visitors use it to answer animal questions. Other sites specialize in local, endangered, or particular kinds of animals. We aim to be as comprehensive as possible."


MAD Scientist Library
"Welcome to the MadSci Library, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW."

IPL: Science Fair Project Resource Guide
"Are you looking for some help with a science fair project? If so, then you have come to the right place. The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment. If you have never done a science fair project before, it has been a while, or you just want to be sure you do a really great job be sure and look at the following websites for tips on what makes a good project before doing anything else. This way you will know ahead of time what will be expected of you..."

The Discover Channel's Science Fair Resouce Page
"Creative investigations into the real world." This site provides a complete guide to science fair projects. Check out the 'Handbook' which features information from Janice VanCleave, a popular author who provides everything you need to know for success. You can even send her a question about your project. [From IPL.]

SEED: Science Lab
"The Science Lab offers activities related to geology, physics, and space. Geared for ages 10–18, all of the projects come with a background lesson and most require minimal prep time. Created by: Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, New York, NY." [quoted from :]

Ask an expert
Most of your research will probably be done on the internet or at the library, but if you’ve looked everywhere you can find, but still don’t have an answer, then it might be time to call an expert. At these sites, there are expert scientists who can answer your questions.

Before you send a question, be sure to read through each site’s archives, because someone may have already asked your question. Also, you should remember that it will usually take at least a couple days, maybe longer, for you to receive an answer.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Accessing Historic Newspapers

Four major US papers--Atlanta Constitution (1868-1939), Boston Globe (1872-1924), Chicago Tribue (1849-1986), NYTimes (1851-2004)--are available through Proquest. To access, from the HCHS home page, mouse over "library" and then "edatabases" and then choose (the slightly misleadingly named) link: "NYT Historical". This database should be available for students to use from home with their username and password, however problems with access have been reported. Let me know what people's experiences are and I'll work with the technology department to see if they can be fixed.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902) has been digitized by the Brooklyn Public Library and is available here:

The Library of Congress has a beta site with several state newspapers (including from New York) available from 1900-1910 here:

Freedom's Journal: The "first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829. All 103 issues have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format."

Two other places for newspaper links:

Monday, January 08, 2007

Accessing CIAO from home...

If you want to use the CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) from home you must access it from the HCHS Library's page.
1) Go to the HCHS homepage at:
2) Click on "Library" at the top of this page.
3) Under "Full Text Resources" click on the link that says "Columbia International Affairs Online"
4) You'll be taken to a description of the database. On this page, click on the link that says, "CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)."
5) You will then be asked for your Hunter username and password. These are the same as your hunter email and should be in the form "Z2012123". You do NOT need to add ".12" to the end of this username.

You will not have to put in your username and password if you're accessing CIAO from school.