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Search tips for the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress holds millions and millions of wonderful treasures that can be challenging to locate online. Here are a few tips for teachers:
  1. There may be sources you can pull from source sets curated by the Library: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/
  2. Try Google Advance for your search: https://www.google.com/advanced_search.  Narrow your search to loc.gov as a filter.
  3. Here’s a link to a Google primary source search engine: https://cse.google.com/cse/home?cx=005122431749820216170:hshk5euw5uw.  Type in a subject/topic and loc.gov for your search. 
  4. Check out Exhibitions from the Library for source sets as well. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/.  There’s a new WWI one:  http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/american-artists-view-the-great-war/
  5. Research bibliography at the Library: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/bibhome.html#W
  6. Diversify your search terms to include historical phrases and terms from your period of study. For example: African-American, African American, black, negro, nigger, slave, freedman, free men, color, colored, and so forth.