Kingwood College Library

The Galveston Storm of September 8, 1900

Assignment Guide | History 1302 | Professor Peggy Lambert

Library of Congress PhotoThe 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 Professor Lambert with any questions you may have during your research. 


Read Isaacs Storm and pick an aspect for research. The following ideas should help inspire you:
1.How was the storm a turning point in the development of Galveston (business, government, arts anything)?
2.Compare how the techniques of the historian differ in Isaac's Storm and another history book on the subject.
3.Why and how did communication fail in warning the people of Galveston? (perhaps bring in prejudicial attitudes toward Cuba and Hispanic cultures)
4.Clara Barton's role
5.Sisters of Charity Orphanage
6.Compare reportage at the time of the event to what we know now. Consider using the New York Times Historical.

Once you decide on a topic, please get the instructors approval using via course mail. Your research assignment should consist of 4-5 full textual pages (double-spaced) plus a Works Cited page. Use a standard 10- or 12-point font with one-inch margins. A minimum of four sources plus the Larson book is required, with at least one from each of the following: a historical monograph (book), a scholarly journal, and an academic Internet site. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are not acceptable as sources. All sources must appear in the Works Cited page, and those that do must be cited in the paper. Documentation must be parenthetical, and all forms must follow those prescribed in the MLA Handbook. Save your research project in rich text or as a word document and submit it as an attached file, using the course WebCT mail feature. Remember that your assignment should include an introduction with a thesis statement and a conclusion. Check the course calendar for the due date. Fifteen points will be deducted from any late assignment, and no assignment will be accepted more than one week after the due date. The evaluation of this research assignment will focus not only on content but also on clarity, organization, coherence, and use of Standard Written English. Warnings: Plagiarism is theft of another writers words or ideas and will receive a zero.


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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. Try Galveston AND Storm; Galveston AND hurricane; Galveston AND Disaster; Natural Disasters



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Apply online for a library card.   Use your card to 1) Place a Hold on a book  2) Access databases from home. The catalog is online at

Online books are available at NetLibrary.. You will need your bar code for login to create an account.

Books will be your greatest resource for this project.  Search the library catalog using keywords such as Galveston; Galveston AND Storm; Natural Disasters

REF E174 .D52 "Galveston Storm." Dictionary of American History. 7 vols.  Reproduced in History Resource Center. Need library card for login.

AY311.D3 T52  Texas Almanac 1998-1999 This edition has an in depth chapter on the storm.

Video history: Galveston Stories; A History of Galveston Island Before, During, and after the Great 1900 Storm with Linda Macdonald, a Galveston native whose grandfather survived the hurricane. Produced by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (2000).



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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 give 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 | Galveston Storm |This online multivolume encyclopedia from the Texas State Historical Association and the UT Libraries is also in the library Reference Section. REF F384 .N48 1996



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

  1. Accuracy
  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

The 1900 Storm; Galveston, Texas   |  Galveston County Daily News presentation remembering the Great Hurricane, September 8, 1900. Listen in Quicktime to the story of the orphanage and the great storm.

Galveston & Texas History Center  |  This is at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston and is the leading respository of manuscripts, photographs, oral histories and other documents relating to the Galveston Storm.

America's Story  |   The Library of Congress not only describes the storm, but also presents video clips of actual footage of the storm taken at risk of life and limb.

Lost and Found Sound  |   From National Public Radio, this is a sound archive of American memoirs. There is one called Remembering the Galveston Storm of 1900.


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 | Kingwood College faculty offer free tutoring via email.  They will email or call with answers to your questions.

Academic Support Center   |   Check our ASC hours for in-house tutoring.

Attach your paper to and email 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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