8th Grade History/Language Arts

1940s -- 1990s Culture/Influence Project

Check out these helpful resources as you research your topic:


Begin with a general or specific encyclopedia  to get a basic overview of your topic.
Look in the TCA Library Reference Section.
Use the TCA Library catalog to look for books about your topic. Be sure to log into your Library account so you can use all of the library's resources. Use your student number and last name to log in.
Search Tips:
  • Use the power search option and search under for your topic and time period.  
  • Look in the Table of Contents and Index in books about your time period.
  • Use the Dewey Decimal System to help you search: U.S. History 973.
  • Ask for help!

When you've searched for your topic, besides Books, you see Digital, Databases, and Open Educational Resources. Click on those choices or scroll down and click on See All. Click on the links to go to the individual resources.

Remember that ABC-Clio provides you with the MLA citation for each article. You can copy and paste the citation directly into Noodle Tools. Choose Database, Original Content, Quick Cite.

Tech Tip:  You may need to unblock the pop-up blocker to see the results from ABC-Clio and Infobase.  Click on the pop-up blocker icon in the web address bar and choose "always allow pop-ups"; then go back to TCA's Library's page and reload the database page.

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Public Library Resources

Search your public library for more options. Use the links in the list on the left of this page.

Search the catalog for books about your topic.  Be sure to use Advance Search to narrow the criteria.

Check out the history databases available with your library card.  Consider these databases at Delaware County Library System (similar databases at other public libraries):
  • African-American History Online
  • American History Online

Check out newspaper archives
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Historical Abstracts
  • Delaware County Daily Times Historic Archives

Check out periodical database EBSCOHost for articles and ebooks about your topic.