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Search tips

Keep phrases together by using quotation marks ex. "Thomas Jefferson"

Boolean Searching; Use And, Or, Not to condense or expand a search.

Evaluating Websites

You should determine the credibility of your sources. Use the following steps:

  1. Authority - Establish the author's or organization's affiliation and credentials.
  2. Currency - On what date was the information first written? How often is it updated?
  3. Accuracy - Check the information against other sites with similar information. Check the factual information on the site: footnotes, references, bibliographies.

Databases To Use to Find Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles

These databases are available at CHS, no password needed. Passwords might be required for home use. You can get these passwords from the IMC staff, or search through Destiny in your own account and passwords will not be required.

Social Studies Websites

  • HarpWeek - historical and political cartoons
  • Digital Vaults - View digital versions of the nation’s most important historical documents.
  • US - easy-to-read text versions of the United States’ most important documents
  • NBC Learn - Finishing the Dream - Over one hundred Civil Rights Era clips from the NBC News archive including segments like Separate is Not Equal, Buses and Boycotts, Freedom Fighters and We Shall Overcome.
  • - The Zinn Education Project website is full of free downloadable U.S. History resources that are organized by theme, time period and reading level.
  • Docs - Thousands of historical documents from the National Archives.
  • 100 Milestone Documents - These 100 documents chronicle United States History from 1776 to 1965. You can view a digital copy of each document and also read an excerpt that gives background information about the document.
  • Street Law Landmark Cases
  • Library of Congress - An enormous collection of historical memories, prints, photographs, newspapers, sound recordings, films, maps, manuscripts and more.
  • Charters of Freedom - Charters of Freedom is another website that allows you to view digital versions of the nation’s most important historic documents.
  • Picture History - This collection of images from American History includes the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of photographs are of presidents, the White House, iconic people and events from our nation’s past.
  • Oyez Project - A database on major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, with multimedia resources including digital audio of oral arguments.
  • Chronicling America - Search through pages of America’s historic newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present.
  • American Rhetoric - American Rhetoric is an index of over 5,000 textual, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and more.
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - An online version of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions on Rescue and Resistance, Anti-Semitism, Propaganda, Persecution, Camps, the Aftermath and more.
  • Chronicle of Revolution - Detailed look at the events that contributed to the start of the American Revolution by reading newspaper articles from key cities.


  • CHS MLA Manual - This booklet was created to assist is adding citations for CHS databases as well as IMC materials and websites.
  • OWL from Purdue - Extensive documentation assistance.
  • Annotated Bibliography Sample - MLA - Guidelines from the OWL (Purdue University's Online Writing Lab) for creating an annotated bibliography using MLA formatting.
  • Easy Bib - Automatic bibliography and citation generator