Social Studies Research Sources


Development of the Industrial US Reference Library - In the second half of the 19th century, America transformed itself into an industrial power, ready to assume a dominant position on the world scene in the 20th century. The development of industrialization and the consumer society brought about opportunities for many Americans as part of an ever-growing middle class, but also resulted in environmental and social degradation that we continue to deal with at the present time.  (school access only)

The Nineties in America (school access only)

Television in American Society Reference Library - Focused on a popular topic, this exciting collection gives students and teachers substantial material for discussion and research. The three-volume set shows how television has reflected and influenced American society and culture throughout its history, covering both positive and negative effects. (school access only)


Digital Public Library of America - brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. 

New York Public Library Digital Archive - This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more

Library of Congress Digital Collection - view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.

National Archives -  collection of documents that records important events in American history.

Internet Archive -  a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Primary Sources  - LIBGUIDE page to the above resources plus more.
The Statesman's Yearbook (school access only)

History of World Trade Since 1450starts at a year regarded as the beginning of the Age of Exploration and examines how the hunt for new resources and markets during that period resulted in the establishment of colonies in Africa, the Americas and Asia. The set looks at the Industrial Revolution, the rise of capitalism and the effects of imperialism on the global economy. (school access only)

The Middle AgesCovers an array of topics on the Middle Ages including daily life, art and architecture, science, religion, politics, women's issues, and more. (school access only)


World Digital Library -  makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs - From the New York Public Library Digital Collection

Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945 - From the New York Public Library Digital Collection