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The following resources were shared at a Primary Resources Workshop held on March 16, 2015 at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES.

 

Paid Databases:

 

1.       US History in Context.  Every public Middle and High School in the Monroe 2 BOCES region has their own unique school link to this product that should be listed on their library’s website.  Click here to access the internal BOCES link.  Please contact your school librarian for your local access information.  I would suggest using the Browse Topics tab.  Click on a topic.  On the right hand side is a box of resource types- choose Primary Sources. 

a.       Note- in the search box at the top of the screen is an option to do a search of only Primary Source Documents

2.       World History in Context.  Every public Middle and High School in the Monroe 2 BOCES region has their own unique school link to this product that should be listed on their library’s website.  Click here to access the internal BOCES link.  Please contact your school librarian for your local access information.  I would suggest using the Browse Topics tab.  Click on a topic.  On the right hand side is a box of resource types- choose Primary Sources. 

a.       Note- in the search box at the top of the screen is an option to do a search of only Primary Source Documents

3.       Opposing ViewPoints in Context.  Every school in NY State has access to this resource.  The content is aimed more towards High School students.  It presents Pro/Con on a ton of topics ranging from Gay Marriage to Global Warming to the DREAM Act.  Every HS School in our region has their own unique school link to this product that should be listed on their library’s website.  Click here to access the internal BOCES link.  Please contact your school librarian for your local access information.  It is grouped by category.  Click on a topic.  On the right hand side is a box of resource types- choose Primary Sources. 

4.       Gannett Newspapers.  Every school in NY State has access to this resource.  Contains full text archives to the Democrat and Chronicle.  Every school (K-12) has their own unique school link to this product that should be listed on their library’s website.  Click here to access the internal BOCES link.  Please contact your school librarian for your local access information.

5.       Media Portal.  Our Media Portal has a ton of Primary Source videos on all different topics.  Each school now has a generic student account that will students to log in and access it from home or on a personal device.  Please contact your school librarian for your local access information.  Note- other BOCES have similar resources.

6.       Depending on the school, they may have additional items available to them.

 

eBooks:

·         Most BOCES have purchased a ton of eBooks with Primary Source Documents in them.  I can’t really list all the various ones, as the collection is always growing and evolving

·         All eBooks in the Monroe 2 BOCES public schools are located in their school’s catalog- they can pull up the library catalog and do a search just for eBooks

·         Internal BOCES can use this eBook catalog: http://library.monroe2boces.org/common/welcome.jsp?context=ebook&site=201

a.       Note- they are upgrading the server to this today so our internal site might be down parts of today

1. Example of a title from Rosen Publishing:

b.      New York’s Erie Canal

c.       Ancient Egypt Culture

2.       Example from Encyclopedia Britannica:

a.       US Imperialism and Progressivism, 1896 to 1920

b.      The Growth of a Superpower: America from 1945 to Today

3.       Example from Gale

a.       Renaissance & Reformation Reference Library (choose volume 5 which is Primary Sources)

b.      Reconstruction Era Reference Library (choose volume 3 which is Primary Sources)

4.       Free eBooks from the Library of Congress on: The Constitution, The Dust Bowl, Harlem Renaissance, Immigration, Symbols of the US, Understanding the Cosmos.  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/student-discovery-sets/

 

Free Resources:

1.       New York Heritage.  This is a collection of primary source documents (correspondences, directories, maps, newspapers, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks and yearbooks) culled from libraries (public, academic, some K-12 schools) across the state.  It is funded by the NY3Rs which receives funding from NYSED’s Department of Library Development.  http://newyorkheritage.org/

2.       New York State Historical NewspapersThe NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history.  http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/

3.       American Memory.  This is from the Library of Congress.  There is a huge collection of information found here.    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

4.       Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  This is a fairly new site which is trying to tie in all the various online sources from libraries, archives, and museums across America.  Note- the New York Heritage resources are not in here yet, but they are working on bringing it over.  This is a HUGE site that is easy to get lost in.  http://dp.la/info/

5.  New York State Archives. 

6. 100 Milestone Documents.  The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.  http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone

7. Teaching with Primary Sources Treasure Box.  Each American Treasures boxes and Resource CDs is based on a specific topic from American history. The American Treasures boxes consist of a Resource CD, printed documents and images from the Library of Congress and ideas on how they can be incorporated into the classroom. http://tps.waynesburg.edu/67-southwest-pennsylvania-partner/339-at-boxes-and-resource-cds

8.  World Digital Library.  Search 11,324 different items from 194 different countries from 1200 BCE to 2000 CE.  http://www.wdl.org/en/

 

9. Newspaper Map.  Navigate around the world to read newspapers translated in English.  http://www.newspapermap.com.

 

These are just a few of the bigger and better ones….there are thousands of other sites and resources.