Primary Resources

Because Primary Resource Documents are essential to a true understanding of history, we have accumulated a searchable list of primary resources on Infotopia.  It is found at 

With 22 resources are found here, students can search primary documents in American History from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/ primary sources by U.S. Statehttp://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/states/ again from the Library of Congress, or they can go to the Digital Vaults http://www.digitalvaults.org/ from the National Archives and create their own posters or movies using more than 1200 digital records.  Note that the no-flash version (for students with tablets) is available at the bottom of the page under html version. Students (or teachers) can also create a digital pathway challenges with clues to connect them.

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speechbank.htm is the place to find historical speeches, including the top 100 speeches of all time.  Available in either MP3 or streaming video, students can search from a database of more than 5,000 full text, audio or video versions of speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and other events, including over 200 movie speeches.

At the National Archives DocsTeach  http://docsteach.org/documents, teachers can select from audio, video, charts, graphs, images, or documents.  Once registered on this site, they can bookmark their selected documents by starring them.

The Decades of American History from www.infotopia.info introduces students to pop culture, presidential campaigns, and digital images from 200 years of American History, and much more.  

World History primary documents can be found at World History Sources http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/whmfinding.php by clicking on the region of the world or the time period.  

These are just a few examples of the primary resources on Infotopia's Primary Sources page. 

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