Search for library resources
The first step is figuring out what it is that you need. Before you head to the library or log on to your computer, refer to your assignment to find answers to questions like:
You have quite a few options when it comes to finding the information that you need to complete your assignment. You can use databases, visuals, print or digital media, and the list goes on. Since you have already figured out what you need to complete the assignment, you know how many and what types of sources your professor is expecting you to use. Now you can avoid wasting time with the sources that don’t apply to your assignment and spend your time finding information that you can use.
You know what type of information you’re looking for and you've found information in the sources that meet your assignment’s requirements. After locating these sources, the next step is to make sure that what you have found is high quality information. Ask questions of your source to determine its accuracy and authority, currency, objectivity, and scope:
You’ve reached the point where you have collected enough information to complete the assignment. Now you have to answer the final question of the research process: how will you present what you found? Your professor is expecting a professional submission that reflects what was requested in the assignment. Be sure to review your final product a few times before submitting it and check for misspellings and grammatical errors.
American Memory Timeline (Library of Congress)
American History Digital Collection (Library of Congress)
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Digital Public Library of America
DocsTeach (U. S. National Archives)