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Historical Journals

Assignment Guide | History 1302 | Professor Peggy Lambert

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory best library assignments are ones that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books should provide some of the best information for an historic topic. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

Please contact or with any questions you may have during your research.  


ASSIGNMENT  (Professor Lambert)

The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop your critical thinking skills.You are to place yourself in a particular time period and react to a set of circumstances.You may become a real or fictional person.Sometimes this assignment is written in first person as a set of letters or diary entries.In order to complete this assignment, you must adequately research the selected topic and/or time period.Internal documentation will be required to indicate your source.All documentation should follow the guidelines established in the MLA Handbook.At least five sources including one journal are needed.Textbooks and encyclopedias should not be used to meet minimum source requirements.These assignments should be approximately five typed pages of text plus a Works Cited Page.In addition to the obvious family history subjects, some possible topics include:

It is 1886 and you are Waldeshar Coglonwitz, a recent immigrant from Warsaw, Poland.Why have you come to the United States?How is your life different from the native born Americans you work with?

You are Charles Boatwright, the owner of a shirtwaist factory in New York.How fearful are you of the recent calls for regulation of working conditions?Would you be likely to support or oppose the political movement that wants to reform American society?Do you believe your life will be altered by these changes?

You are Milos Siljaek, an immigrant from Prague.You belong to the Socialist Labor Party and have been opposed to Americas entry into World War I.As World War I ends, what fears and concerns do you have regarding your future in America?What indications might you have regarding your future in America?What indications might you have that trouble lies ahead for you?

You are Ashley Cummins, the owner of Amalgamated Steel in Pittsburgh.Congress has just passed the National Recovery Act.How do you believe it will affect the economic recovery of your business?Whom did you vote for in 1932?Why?

You are Elsa Rosenbloom, a middle-aged Jewish matron living in Chicago.What do you think about Hitlers invasion of Poland?What do you think should be the American governments response?What do you think about admitting additional Jewish refugees to America?

You are David Johnson, a sophomore at Columbia University.During the summer of 1963, you decide to go to Jackson, Mississippi on a freedom bus.Why?

You are Eric Stratton, a student at the University of Texas.On May 31, 1965, your grades arrive and you discover that your nights of partying have taken their toll.You are now on academic probation.How do you react to the very real possibility that you may soon be going to Vietnam?


librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About Getting Started

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet. Some Keywords: IMMIGRANTS 19TH CENTURY UNITED STATES



librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About  Books

Apply online for a library card.   Use your card to 1) Place a Hold on a book and have it sent to a local college or your home (if you live out of the district)   2) Access magazines, journals, and newspapers  from home. The catalog is online at  

NetLibrary. has  nearly 40,000 books that you can read online.   You must have a library card.  Use your  bar code for login to create an account.   The following books are librarian recommendations.  There are many books in libraries that will help.  Find one in the catalog and browse around it when you get to the shelves.

REF E169.12 A419
    American Decades. 10 vols.  1900-1999 World events, government and politics, business and economy.
REF E169.1.A47194
    American Eras.  vol. 7 Development of the industrial United States 1878-1899.
REF E173.A793
    Annals of America.  19 vols. Contemporary essays, speeches, and articles about events and policies. 1884-1894 Agrarianism and
    Urbanization (vol. 11) 1916-1928; World War and Prosperity (vol. 14); 1961-1968 The Burdens of World Power (vol. 18).
REF HN57.E58 1993 Encyclopedia of American Social History   There is an excellent article in vol. 2 on immigration of central and eastern Europeans (including Poland) and some on work and labor.
    Presidents and Protesters: Political Rhetoric in the 1960's. by Theodore Windt.
    Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York 1870-1924  by Kathie Friedman-Kasaba.
    And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi  by Eric Burner

How the Other Half Lives  |  by Jacob Riis | Published in 1890, describes life in the tenements in New York



librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Articles in Newspapers and Magazines.

Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more, use your updated library card to login to the following databases. If you find an interesting article that is not full-text, please email the correct bibliographic information to our and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if they need to. HINT: For a full list of article databases, go to and use your library card to access these full-text databases from home. 


History Resource Center: United States | Contains American history articles, primary sources & reference books.

New York Times Historical | NYT From 1857 - the present.  Select from Collections.  In Advanced Search, search a date range such as 09/06/1900 to 09/30/1900.

Biographies Plus | 45,000 biographies of people from antiquity to the present.

Academic Search Premier | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.

PA Research II/ProQuest | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.

The Handbook of Texas | This online multi-volume encyclopedia from the Texas State Historical Association and the UT Libraries is also in the library Reference Section. REF F384 .N48 1996



librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet

The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at: 

  1. Accuracy - Does the information match other valid information you have found?
  2. Source - Look at the domain.  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.

UNACCEPTABLE SOURCE SAMPLE - This appears to be part of a book, but there is nothing we can see that tells you title, author, dates, publisher or any of the other needed information. 

Suggested Web Sites

Or try it yourself:;


Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Kingwood College library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Misuse of Sources | Harvard University excellent brief essay on how to avoid plagiarism. Excellent list of 'how to' and 'how to avoid'.

Online Tutoring | Free online tutoring with Smarthinking.

Email your paper as an attachment  to , Assistant Dean. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you.

REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is your Professor Lambert.

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