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History Department

Internet Resources

The American Presidency Project at UC Santa Barbara: a rich site featuring papers and speeches for every president since George Washington.

The Avalon Project: "ground zero" for virtually any document of relevance to American legal history. Peruse everything from the Code of Hammurabi and the Roman Twelve Tables to the Magna Carta and the Patriot Act.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project at Fordham University: a World History institution. Sourcebooks are arranged chronologically (Ancient, Medieval, Modern) as well as geographically/conceptually (African, East Asian, Global, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Science, Women, LGBT).

Library of Congress: excellent visual, audio, and print resources from America's past.

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia: a dynamic place of documentaries, recent scholarship, and current debates. The "Presidency Project" includes fascinating online exhibits; a great place to brainstorm.

The Online Archive of California: a useful collection of Californian visual and print sources hailing from Eureka to San Diego.

The Our Documents Initiative: if you're looking for an important source--or what represents an "important source"--look no further. The OD Initiative holds 100 documents stretching from the 1776 Resolution for U.S. Independence to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The Smithsonian: "the world's largest museum, education, and research complex." Or so they say. 

UC Libraries Calisphere: your avenue to the University of California's deep digital collection of materials.

U.S. National Archives: the official organization of American record keeping.

Library Databases

Find Books at the GCC Library

Here are some recommended subject headings to use when searching for primary sources at the GCC Library catalog:

  • United States -- History -- Sources
  • United States -- Politics and government -- Sources

Enter the subject heading in the search box, then select Subject Browse:

enter search term  in the search box in the library catalog, then select Subject Browse.

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