History News

February 2016

New year, new approach

I'm trying something new; rather than share history-related info with you via email I'm compiling news and resources to share in one newsletter to send out periodically. Happy to hear feedback on this format, or on the content I chose to share. My goal is for this to be a resource for you, not something that clutters your inbox. In this issue I have important information on a new subscription database, book recommendations, and some tips and tricks to help you in the classroom.
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New History Database

This month we welcome an addition to our subscription database collection: Gale World History in Context. Gale packages information from a multitude of sources, including current news, academic and scholarly sources, and primary documents, to present a well-rounded view of events, places and people in history. Results are coded for reading level, and students can easily refine their searches by searching within a results set. Explore on your own, of if you prefer I would be happy to stop by and show you (or your students) around! Access in school should put you right in without logging on; access from home requires a password: high27072. Visit my wiki page for all our subscription database information.

Tips and Tricks

In case you have not thought of this, Google docs is a great vehicle for analyzing primary source documents. Rather than using a document camera, Google docs allows for an online discussion, in or outside of the classroom. Read more about this idea here.


Are you looking for video resources? Richard Byrne, from Free Tech for Teachers, lists his current favorites in this blog post.

Got books? How about movies?

In honor of black history month, I wanted to mention a few special resources before including my general book recommendations. Did you know our library has...

...Selma on dvd?

...a young adult historical account of the Port Chicago 50?

...a database dedicated to African American history (in Facts on File)?

...Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates?

Use Destiny to explore our rich (and growing) collection.

Preparing for a smart, safe and strong future @ your library.