English Language Arts Resources
Primary Sources 

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence of an event. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented.  Often these sources were created at the time of the event, but primary sources can include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.

Examples of primary sources: 
  • Personal records such as letters, emails, diaries, photographs, daily planners
  • Vital records such as, marriage certificate, birth certificate, property titles, 
  • Institutional records such as reports, memos, meeting minutes
  • Ephemera such as ticket stubs, theater programs, political posters
  • Literary manuscripts as originally written by author
  • Artifacts such as clothes, coins, tools
  • Maps 

Ancestry Library  (Census, immigration, military records + more!)

Primary Source Collections on the Internet

American Memory Project (Lib. of Congress)

Repositories of Primary Sources - (listing of 5,000 primary source collections)

Eurodocs European primary documents 


All Infotrac Databases  (password: senior)

Issues & Controversies - Login into your GD gmail & click on  Database passwords for login information or ask Ms. McManus.

News Paper Databases  

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)  username and password required to access.

The Boston Globe (full-text 1980-present)

The Boston Herald (NIE e-subscription available for M-F issues)  
Your e-Edition Log-On Information: 

Email address: student@gdrhs.com

Password: education1

The New York Times (1985-present) 

New York Times Historical Archives (from 1851)  Access through the BPL

pw: gd123

IPL's Newspaper Collection - a listing of websites for published papers worldwide.  

Newseum - D.C. news museum has visual map of newspaper front pages.


  • Great Lives from History - worldwide biographical resource
Click on remote user, password: gdrhs

Project Gutenberg - Free full-text digitized public domain books

Google Books - Use Google to search the full text of books and magazines that have been scanned into their collection.  

Library of Congress Rare Books (digital) Collection includes Thomas Jefferson's copy of The Federalist Papers, the Gutenberg Bible, and Christopher Columbus's letter of 1493.


Other Resources

Your Next Read Not sure what to read next? This site provides recommendations.

Sign up for a library eCard to access their many electronic resources, including:
  • British Literary Manuscripts Online 
JSTOR Daily - "Where News Meets Its Scholarly Match"

Poets & Writers - This website has resources for and about poets and poetry.  P&W’s directory lists names, addresses, publication credits, and upcoming events for 9,672 authors.

Poets.org -from the Academy of  American Poets, a collection of     resources.

The Poetry Foundation -many resources on poems and poets by the publishers of Poetry Magazine

Poetry180 - Library of Congress poem a day for American High Schools.

Current Events / News

AllSides -reflects the news as it is covered from a breadth of perspectives.That includes different perspectives on the same story as well as different opinions on what the day’s top stories are. 

ProCon.org- Pros and Cons of controversial topics

Newsela - highlights current events with multiple reading levels for students.

Listen Current - the best of public radio news stories hand picked with students in mind.

Audrey Quinn -Here is an example of telling complex stories using illustrations by american journalist.

Washington Post "What's Fake on the Internet this Week" blog.  Each week they debunk several popular viral stories just to remind us the importance of reading critically and verifying your sources. 

Required Reading The Books that Students Read in 28 Countries Around the World

Words without Borders Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature.

Global Literature in Libraries- they aim to increase the visibility of international works in English translation so that more readers can enjoy the amazing diversity in these books and the perspectives they present.

More tips for locating elusive authors

  • Their Books - Often the jacket, the beginning pages, or the ending pages of the book will have a brief biography of the author. The initial publication date or copyright date can also help you to find out how long ago the book was written and thus place your author in time.
  • Their Publisher -Check their books for their publisher's name. Frequently publishers are willing to serve as intermediaries and will forward your correspondence to the author.
  • Their place of birth or current residence -If the town mentioned is not too large, chances are good that the local library, museum, or historical society (if the author lived long ago) would have some information on the author. 
  • Their alma mater -Check university publications, press releases, libraries or special collections.
  • Their local newspaper - Local institutions in the area where the author currently lives or was born may also have articles or reviews of the book.