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Digital Libraries:

American Memory:
"American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."

Chicago Historical Society, Online Project: [No longer available.]
Local history comes alive at the Chicago Historical Society’s Online Projects, where digitized collections include those of the Haymarket Affair and the Great Chicago Fire.

Duke University, Scriptorium:
Digitized collections include images, letters, diaries, and ephemera from the Civil War; historical images in American advertising, ancient Papyri from Egypt, historical images and letters from African American women, images and ephemera from the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement, and others.

eCUIP: The Digital Library Project

Internet Public Library:
This award-winning Web-based library is an excellent example of a virtual library, acting both as a collection and as an organization of librarians committed to helping patrons. IPL has a children’s page, as well.

University of California, Berkeley, Digital Library Project:
This collection includes over 600 images on diverse subjects, from plants and animals of California to African animals, plants, or landscape searchable by country. Its strength is its images that are not available elsewhere.

Teaching with Digital Libraries:

The Learning Page:
"The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. There are tips and tricks, activities, and discussion groups, in addition to relevant lesson plans and curriculum suggestions for using the collections in your classroom."


Masullo, M. and Mack, R. (1996). "Roles for Digital Libraries in K-12 Education," D-Lib Magazine.

Mardis, Marcia. (2001). Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part I: Finding What the Search Engines Don’t, Eric Digest.

Mardis, Marcia (2001). Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part II: Resources for Your Classroom, Eric Digest.

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