Friday, December 21, 2012

Historical newspapers and primary documents

The Library of Congress has a beta site with several state newspapers (including from New York) available from 1900-1910. "Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present."

You can access the New York Times (1851 to the near present)--available through Proquest--if you are on campus at the high school. To access, from the HCHS home page, mouse over "library" and then then choose the "Proquest New York Times Historical" link.  

A collection of links to historical newspapers available free online.

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

Historical Newspapers from NORTHERN New York State: 

Historical Newspapers from Suffolk County:

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."

Queens, NY newspapers ON MICROFILM:

[Mid-Manhattan, Users at the microfilm viewers], Digital ID 1252841, New York Public Library

Two other places for newspaper links and information:


Some additional historical periodical resources below, taken from :
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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reaction to WWI -- Sheldon's Textbook Project

Create a Noodletools account:
Otto Dix. Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas [Sturmtruppe geht unter Gas vor]



Wikipedia's list of art movements between the wars:

Search the MOMA's collection by keyword or decade:

Art Museum Image Gallery 
A searchable database of over 165,000 superior quality images "[d]rawing on the collections of distinguished museums around the world."

Search for images/photographs/cartoons in the Historical New York Times
You can do custom searches for the New York Times. Under "Advanced Search," customize your date range and "document type."


The Modernism Lab at Yale University:  "The Modernism Lab is a virtual space dedicated to collaborative research into the roots of literary modernism... The project covers the period 1914-1926, from the outbreak of the first world war to the full-blown emergence of English modernism."

The Norton Anthology of English Literature Essays, links, and texts concerning WWI and its aftermath.

WWI Poetry Digital Archive:  "The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas."



Search the American Memory project at the 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." Browse and search by time period.

"The Great Upheaval" at the Guggenheim Museum
An online exhibit (along with audio commentaries). Using the timeline you can see art works prior and during WWI.

Timeline of art history from the Metropolitan Museum:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Specialized search engines -- Search engine that ranks sites by reading level
"Twurdy uses text analysis software to "read" each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand."
"a search engine that combs only sites that have been reviewed by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts. There are 35,000 approved websites in all."*

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


"When finalizing my thoughts, I, like most every teenager who has use of a computer, cut and pasted my ideas together. I erroneously thought the way I had submitted the articles was appropriate. I now realize that I was mistaken."
Blair Hornstine quoted in the book Other People's Words, p.9)
Plagiarism is "the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas."

Avoiding Plagiarism

Purdue's Online Writing Lab has created a great webpage on plagiarism, which includes this discussion of when we need to give credit.

Another great resource on the issues surrounding plagiarism here. It also has a very good self-test:

Are you a plagiarist? Take this self test.
A teacher, David Gardner, at the University of Hong Kong has created this excellent website, which includes a test to evaluate if you know how to avoid plagiarism. [Note: the use of the single quotation mark is British usage; American usage is to use the double quotation mark. Please ask if you've any questions about this.]

NPR story on Plagiarism
"Guest Host Melissa Block talks with Thomas Mallon, author of Stolen Words: Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism, about the discovery of plagiarism by well-known authors such as Steven Ambrose, and research techniques which should help avoid the problem. (4:30)"

So how do you avoid plagiarism? Two main techniques: Paraphrasing and proper citing.

Let's say you read something. This happens all the time. The writer said everything you would like to say. But you can't just copy it and put it in your paper. Or, the writer says it plus other details and you need only some of it.

Q: Thinking back on what you've done, how do you go about paraphrasing something?

-Write your paraphrase WITHOUT looking at the book. Then check for accuracy and mistakenly borrowed phrases.

-Begin a summary statement with something like, "According to author Jennifer Smith, the industrial revolution…"

-Put any unique phrases or words in quotations.

-Don't quote at length just because you're too lazy to put in your own words (paraphrase) and credit.

What is copyright?
What is Fair Use?
But I'm using it for "educational" purposes. Am I ok?