U.S. History: Gilded Age/Progressive Era Powerpoint Projects
Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks
START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how
Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access. Additionally, a number of other databases contain reference articles (see Taft Online Subscription Databases below)
- Reference sources specific to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- American eras: development of the industrial United States, 1878-1899. Ref E169.1 .A471979 1997 v.8 (also an online ebook; choose vol. 8 from the pull-down menu)
- Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 2013 (an online ebook)
- Historical dictionary of the Gilded Age. Ref E661 .U66 2009
- Historical dictionary of the Progressive Era. Ref E661 .C63 2009
- History in dispute: American social and political movements, 1900-1945: pursuit of progress. Ref D20 .H543 2000 v. 3 (also an online ebook)
- Reforming America: a thematic encyclopedia and document collection of the Progressive era. Ref E661 .R664 2017 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- American centuries: the ideas, issues, and values that shaped American history. Ref E174 .A534 2011 5 vols (also an online ebook: vols 4 and 5 cover 19th and 20th centuries)
- American history through literature, 1820-1870 and 1870-1920. 2006 (an online ebook)
- American immigration : an encyclopedia of political, social, and cultural change. Ref JV6465 .E53 2013 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Conflicts in American history : a documentary encyclopedia. Ref E174 .C655 2010 8 vols (also an online ebook: vol 5)
- Congress investigates: a critical and documentary history. Ref KF4942 .C66 2011 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of African American history, 1619-1895. Ref E185 .E545 2006 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present. Ref E185 .E5453 2009 5 vols (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of American economic history. Ref HC103 .E52 3 vols
- Encyclopedia of American social history. Ref HN57 .E58 1992 3 vols
- Encyclopedia of American social movements. Ref HN57 .E594 2004 4 vols
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the nineteenth century. Ref E 169.1 .E626 2001 3 vols
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the twentieth century. Ref E 740.7 .E53 1996 4 vols and index
- Encyclopedia of U.S. political history. Ref E183 .E53 2010 7 vols (also an online ebook)
- Historical encyclopedia of American business. Ref HF3021 .H67 2009 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Historical encyclopedia of American labor. Ref HD8066 .H57 2004 2 vols
- Imperialism and expansionism in American history. Ref E713 .I47 2016 2 vols
- Industrial revolution: key themes and documents. Ref HC105 .O452 2015
- Industrial revolution reference library. Ref HD 2329 .O978 2003 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Literature and its times: profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them. Ref PN50 .L574 1997 5 vols + 2 suppl. (also an online ebook)
- Oxford encyclopedia of American business, labor, and economic history. Ref HF3021 .O94 2013 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Oxford encyclopedia of American political and legal history. Ref JK9 .O94 2012 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Oxford encyclopedia of American social history. Ref HN57 .O94 2012 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Oxford encyclopedia of the history of American science, medicine, and technology. Ref Q127.U6 O95 2014 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Political corruption in America: an encyclopedia of scandals, power, and greed. Ref JK2249 .G767 2008 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Social history of the United States. Ref HN57 .S622 2009 10 vols
- Women in American history: a social, political, and cultural encyclopedia and document collection. Ref HQ1410 .W6468 2017 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Women's rights in the United States: a comprehensive encyclopedia of issues, events, and people. Ref HQ1236.5 .U6 W677 2015 4 vols
- World of child labor: an historical and regional survey. Ref HD6231 .W67 2009
Books / eBooks
(also called secondary sources and monographs)
RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at http://library.taftschool.org. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.
- Search Rhinocat for library books and ebooks containing primary source documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your topic for xxxxx: su,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: xxxxx
- Primary source databases
- 19th Century U.S. Newspapers Digital Archive Contains full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.
- African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998 Full-text access to 270 historically significant African-American newspapers from across the U.S.
- American Periodicals (1740 - 1940) Contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals
- America's Historical Newspapers 1690 – 2000 Full facsimile images of American papers back to the colonial era
- Annals of American history Search 2700+ primary source documents and multimedia by author, decade, or topic
- New York Times 1851-2014 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) Graphical interface and full-text coverage back to the first issue in 1851 (Click here for Traditional Interface)
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 – 2000 Thousands of primary source documents and other resources in American women's history
- See Taft Online Subscription Databases below for additional resources containing primary sources.
- See also the course guide Finding Primary Sources for more ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.
Taft Online Subscription Databases
- American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in
- Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals from Gale's vast reference collection as well as related full-text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, audio-visual content, and websites.
- Daily Life Through History (Academic) This comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provides insight into the social history of societies from prehistory to the 21st-century. Includes authoritative content from more than 75 Greenwood reference works and original journal articles from prominent historians.
- Issues and Controversies in American History Background, outcomes, and primary sources for every major debate and conflict in American history
- U.S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
- Journal article databases
- Image database
- Britannica ImageQuest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use
- See also Websites below for links to several image websites.
- Video database
- Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
- From a Wikipedia essay on Academic use: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic writing or research."
- 9 Powerpoint Presentation Tips for Students (from Lifewire, a leading technology information site)
- Image websites to use in addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest:
- Finding Public Domain Images for Multimedia Projects (from EdTechTeacher.org)
- Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 40 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
- Google Image search (click on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)
- To find reliable websites:
- Britannica Academic includes links to recommended websites.
- SweetSearch: a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts. (Note: Ignore first group of results labeled Ad)
- Google Advanced Search Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu (gov for U. S. government agencies; edu for educational institutions in the U.S.)
- American History From Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium (includes units on Gilded Age, labor, urbanization, and more; from the Independence Hall Association)
- Best of History Web Sites
- Crusade for the Vote (woman suffrage site with primary source documents from the National Women's History Museum)
- Digital History (comprehensive U.S. history website from the Univ. of Houston's College of Education)
- Harvard University Open Collections (a wealth of primary source materials in online collections on American immigration and women in the labor force)
- Khan Academy
- Library of Congress
- Middle Tennessee State University "Teaching with Primary Sources" Resources
- National Women's History Museum (website for the NWHM which is to be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.)
- Presidential Elections 1860-1912 (This HarpWeek website features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, and Leslie's Illustrated Weekly and the Library of Congress Collection of American Political Prints, 1766-1876)
- Progressive Era (from the Social Welfare History Project, Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Progressive Era (documents collection from TeachingAmericanHistory.org)
*For more information on finding high quality websites, see Find and Evaluate Websites.