Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills in history, literature, and culture. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
If you are not sure where to start your research, here are a few tips.
Make sure you have chosen an appropriate subject and then pose a question about your subject. This will give you direction to assist you in focusing on your topic.
Before you start your search for information, think about what you already know about your subject and develop a research strategy.
Look through the Databases by Subject list on the library's website and choose the subject related to your topic. When you click on a subject, you'll see a list of recommended databases.
Try this also: Look through the alphabetical list of databases
Try one of the following multi-purpose academic databases (please see below).
Once you have identified some appropriate sources in our databases, you must locate them - either online, in the Library's stacks, or request them through InterLibrary Loan.
Faculty and students may create persistent links to library resources to embed in Blackboard.
Persistent links are not always found in your browser window. Do not copy and paste the URL from the browser window of the selected resource unless directed to do so.
*NOTE to FACULTY: Be sure to check your library resource links in Blackboard. Licensing of digital scholarly content can vary. Ebook and streaming video titles are especially affected by copyright restrictions and could be removed from our subscribed resources without the consent of the Library. Check links before courses begin to ensure access or to replace the resource. Contact the Library with any questions at 757-823-8517.
Creating links in Films on Demand
Select any title in your Films on Demand results list and click on it to get to the detailed record. Scroll to the bottom of the page and copy the "Title URL" as seen below. Paste into Blackboard.
Creating Links in Academic Search Complete
Click on any title in your Academic Search Complete results to get to the detailed view of the record. Go to the citation and look for the permalink symbol. Click on the permalink symbol and copy the URL as seen below. Paste into Blackboard.
The following links lead directly to discipline-specific materials and instruction-related websites: