United States Decades

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On the Shelf

Searching
To find a specific decade
Use a keyword search (1950s, 1960s...). Choose a book and look at "Subject Search" to see a more comprehensive list.
To find a particular topic in history
Use a keyword search with the topic (cars, fashion, movies,....) and the word "history"
Browsing
Decades books: Try searching "United States decades" in the catalog. See what you get and add more terms if necessary.
Decades books may have the issue or social movement you are interested in researching. Think decade. 1920s, 1930s, etc. Include those search terms.
The Dewey Decimal number on the book is simply a way to find items on the shelf. If you find one book on your subject, chances are you will find others in the same area.

Online

RJHS Subscription Databases
Scroll down to the history books.
One overlooked but interesting book is: The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-2014
Use a subject search and enter the decade (1920s, 1960s, 1970s...)
You will find reference, magazines, newspapers, primary sources and multimedia.
Searches all relevant databases for your topic.
Use a keyword search. As you begin typing it will suggest topics which may be helpful.
First result often is a Research Starter which will provide a good overview of the topic.
Use limiters, found on the left side of the results page, to narrow your search. An especially helpful limiter is Subject. Be sure to use the Show More link to access all the subject limiters.
Use Advanced Search. Search your big topic and a subtopic and consider using ‘’’title’’’ or subject terms in the drop down menu to the right of the search box. This will limit your hits to the most relevant articles immediately.
To find a decade, Select U.S.History and scroll down and select the appropriate period.
For example for the 1920s, select " Prosperity, Depression & the New Deal (1920-1940)" then scroll down and select "The Twenties."
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Websites
Select "Time Period" and "Film Available Online"
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, you may browse "Time Periods." You will find written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
A Duke University digital collection of ads that are arranged by date.
A Duke University digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Getty Images. Search for photos from past decades.
Duke University collection of song lyrics of which the bulk of the content dates from about 1830 to 1930.
Was first developed in 1998 by the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, with initial funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. A site emphasizing materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence.
An extensive array of visual images and footage from WGBH Boston, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs.
This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges and is supported by the College of Education at the University of Houston.

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