Happy Independence Day from eLibrary

Even though most students are enjoying the freedom of summer right now, the school year and American history lessons will be here before you know it. So, as the U.S. prepares to celebrate its birthday, it’s a good time to note some eLibrary resources related to the American Revolution and Independence Day.

eLibrary has thousands of Research Topics (collections of articles and other documents), and many of them are related to American history. Just use the search function (many variants of the RT title will work, and many will appear in the drop-down list as you type), and you’ll likely get a page on the topic. RTs can also be found by clicking Browse Research Topics. Here is a sampling of those related to the Fourth of July, but keep in mind that there are many, many more.

Independence Day RT

Independence Day, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, Boston Massacre, Fireworks

eLibrary’s book collection includes a number of titles that would be useful in learning about the nation’s struggle for independence. They can be accessed using the Publication tab or by typing all or part of the book title into the publication field on the Advanced Search page. It helps to have only the Books source type checked. To narrow a search to a particular topic, also use terms in the main search box. (Tip: Many of these books have tables of contents with links to the individual chapters.) Here are few Revolution-related book suggestions:

 The American Revolution: A History in Documents: This book uses primary sources to chronicle the lead-up to the Revolution, the war and the aftermath. It not only tells the story, but also helps provide an understanding of how primary source documents are used in looking at history.

Landmarks of the American Revolution: This books takes a tour of the places where the Revolution unfolded. Buildings, neighborhoods and battlefields are highlighted using photographs, maps and historical context.

Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution: Paine, who provided inspiration for the colonists’ decision to declare independence, is profiled in this book, which includes many images that provide context.

So, get out the hand-cranked ice cream maker, light up those sparklers and visit eLibrary for some Fourth fun.



Jim Zelli

Jim Zelli has been with ProQuest since 1989 and with eLibrary since 2004.

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