This Research Guide will help you find information in books, library databases, websites, and primary sources.
First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
Source: Smithsonian Institution http://civilwar.si.edu/lincoln_first_reading.html
Use the search box on the library webpage to find books.
If you're just wanting to browse, American History books can be found in the 970s.
Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.
Reference books are on the 1st floor. These include specialized encyclopedias and historical atlases. Reference books are often good starting points for research. Here are some examples:
Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century
Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History
Chronology of American History
Historical Atlas of the United States
You can get help with your research by chatting online with a librarian (available 24/7), by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by calling the SCC Library Reference Desk at (509) 533-8821 during our normal business hours.
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Library databases contain reliable information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. For this class the following databases will be particularly useful. They can be found in the research databases section of the SCC Library homepage.
"Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include but are not limited to: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons). These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past."
Source: Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using, Reference and User Services Association
Located on the 1st floor of the library
Use the Search Box on the Library webpage to combine an historical event or period with words like: correspondence, diaries, interviews, personal narratives, sources, speeches, documents. Search examples:
Find these databases on the library's Research Databases page.