In the Research Methods section of yesterday’s workshop, I jotted down brief notes from each attendee who shared their favorite tool or digital resource. These notes are fragmentary (I was, after all, also trying to lead the workshop and listen attentively to each person). However, given how productive the sharing part of our session was, I wanted to post these rough notes in the hope that it will inspire those who shared their sources in the session to write about them at greater length on the blog. And thank you to all who participated–the discussion in our workshop was vigorous and enthusiastic.
On a related note, I welcome your feedback on the format of our session. Please feel free to drop a comment here or email me personally (janaremyATgmail).
googlebooks for early 19th century literature
U.S. Geological Surveys, usgs.gov
simile-widgets.org (exhibit), MIT freeware for mapping, timelines, database-driven sorting
http://gdc.gale.com/ (free trial)
Early California Newspaper database cdnc.ucr.edu/cdnc and collections.stanford.edu (has searchable pdfs)
Lexis-Nexis Congressional, and also plo.gov
Chronicling America: interact for Worldcat records, ICON (Icon Digital Newspapers)
Digital Library projects, all are useful (like Territorial Kansas Online to Making of America), railroads.unl.edu
Central Pacific Railroad Museum Site: photos, complete RR surveys w/illustrations cprr.org
russellresume.com, integration with book offers timely updates
codypapers.org, expanding over the next few years
Wyoming State Historical Society with online exhibit of state history journal, Montana Historical Society also indexed online
GoogleDocs for groups projects with research assistants, ProQuest, British Library Collections