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Research Resources from the Denver Public Library Reference Services Department:
Denver Public Library and Primary SourcesDenver Public Library and Primary Sources (PDF)
Primary Sources Online
Tips on Writing a Research Paper
Finding Copyright-Friendly Images on the Internet

 

Study Skills

Study Skills Suggestions to help you develop better listening, reading, note-taking, writing, and independent study skills.

Study Tips Tips on note-taking, test-taking, organizing, studying for tests and more.

Test Taking Tips, tools and checklists to help make test taking easier. From Western Washington University.

Evaluating Websites From Multnomah County Library

Library Materials on Study Skills

 

Great Resources

 = Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

Student Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles and primary source documents, historical timelines, biographies, and classroom topics.

CQ Researcher In-depth analysis of topics in the news ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology. Features comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of the issues. Great for school assignments. Video Tutorial

Gale Virtual Reference Library Reference books online. Great for school work.

MAS Ultra for High School Research Full-text magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

MasterFile Premier Covers a wide scope of general interest topics with full-text for general reference publications dating as far back as 1975, reference books, full-text biographies, primary source documents and a collection of photos, maps and flags. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Middle Search Plus for Middle School Research Full-text magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Denver Public Schools Homework Help Homework resources from Denver Public Schools.

Internet Public Library Reference center, searching tools, subject and special collections.

Multnomah County Library Homework Center Homework topics with links.

Colorado Virtual Library Find homework help all over Colorado.

Khan Academy A library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history and 317 practice exercises to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. They also have free SAT prep!

Socratic Thousands of questions and videos for high school and college level math, science, and more. Get smarter by watching the best videos, and asking and answering questions.

Crash Course YouTube Channel Six awesome courses in one awesome channel: John Green teaches you U.S. History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.

Wolfram|Alpha  More than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics.

The Denver Public Library has several resources available including reference and circulating books, newspapers, government documents, the Western History collection, and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library archives. Please call or visit your local branch for more information on using our resources.

 

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The Arts: Art, Drama & Music Resources

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Art

Artcyclopedia Browse by artist, artwork, museums or movements.

Art History Resources on the Web The history of art organized by date and region.

ArtLex Art Dictionary.

Origins of American Animation From the Library of Congress.

Smarthistory A free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook.

 

Drama and Theater

Music Online Combined search for these streaming music databases: American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Popular Music and World Music, which includes Contemporary World Music and Smithsonian Global Sound.

Teen Monologues From Stage Agent.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia Explore music, theater and dance at the Library of Congress.

Acting and Monologues Acting tips, monologues, improvisation exercises, and study guides for dramatic literature.

HS Tech Stage design and technology.

Theatre History on the Web Access to useful research sites throughout the world.

 

Music

Music Online Combined search for these streaming music databases: American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Popular Music and World Music, which includes Contemporary World Music and Smithsonian Global Sound.

Music Theory Lessons, exercises and tools.

Music History 102 a Guide to Western Composers and their Music from the Middle Ages to the Present.

Teoria Music theory tutorials, exercises and articles.

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Biography Resources

= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Biography Reference books online. Great for school work. 

Student Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, primary source documents, historical timelines, biographies and classroom topics. Click on “View All” in the Biography window or use Advanced search and limit Document Type to “Biography”.

MAS Ultra for High School Research / Middle Search Plus for Middle School Full-text magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.  In the “Limit your results” section, select “Biography” in the publication type field. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Biographics / Memoirs & Autobiographies Booklists created by Denver Public Library staff.

Biography.com Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.

Colorado Biographies

Notable Coloradans A list of famous Coloradans by subject. Very short biographies, a helpful resource for deciding who you might want to do further research about.

Biographies A to Z Short biographies of famous Coloradans with photographs and a “Why Important” statement. Published by the Colorado State Library.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Contemporary and historical inductees with a few biographical sketches.

Biographies of Notable Coloradans Read up on the historical figures that shaped the history of Colorado and the West with articles written just for students. Published by History Colorado. Available in English and Spanish. 

 
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Bibliography/Citation Styles

Citation Style Guides

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab resources will help you learn how to use:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Formatting and Style Guide
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) Formatting and Style Guide
  • Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition

This section offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

This section offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

This section contains information on The Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation.

 

Using the Citation Generators from Library Databases

Library databases may allow you to save a citation. You can then copy and paste the citation text into your paper. 

EbscoFrom the detailed record or article, click the”Cite” icon. When you have decided which citation format you want for the article, copy and paste the citation directly into the Works Cited or References page of your document.

ProquestProquest databases allow you to click the “Cite” at the top of an article.

GaleGale databases have a “Citation Tools” link to the right of an article that works for MLA and APA style.

 

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism 101 Learn about types of plagiarism and how to prevent it.

 

Citation Tools

KnightCite Free web-based citation generator from the Hekman Library.

EasyBib Online citation generator; creating citations in MLA style, 7th edition, is free.

 

Citation Managers

These are web-based personal citation databases and bibliography creators that allow you to import, store, and share your research citations and automatically format your bibliographies into whatever style you need (APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more).

Zotero A free, easy-to-use program to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Mendeley Web Academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. The bookmarklet is really useful.

 

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Student Research Appointment ServicesStudent Research Appointments Get one-on-one help with school assignments. For students of all ages.

 

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Colorado History and Resources

Library Resources

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Denver Post Search the full-text of the Denver Post from 1989 to present. 

Denver Rocky Mountain News Search the full-text of the Denver Rocky Mountain News from 1989 to 2009.

Denver Public Library Digital Collections Find some great old pictures of Denver and Colorado from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department for your report.

A selection of Books on Denver History

 

State History and Facts

Colorado QuickFacts Get Colorado population, business, and geography statistics from the United States Census Bureau. Want additional statistics? Browse data sets for Colorado.

Quick Guide to Colorado State Government Statistical Information Various agencies of Colorado state government provide statistical data and related information on a large variety of topics. The web links included in this brief list will lead to additional resources.

Colorado State Archives, Symbols & Emblems The official state list of Colorado symbols, emblems, flags and their meanings.

School Research Topics Notable Colorado Internet resources from Colorado State Government.

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes 160+ newspapers published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923.

100 Best Books on Colorado Compiled by Dr. Tom Noel, Auraria Library’s Center for Colorado & the West.

Colorado Government Includes elected officials, state agencies and more.

History of the State Capitol

Colorado Histories from the Colorado Virtual Library

 

Biographies of Notable Coloradans

From History Colorado

From the Colorado Virtual Library

From the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

 

Denver History and Facts

About Denver by VISIT DENVER, Convention and Visitors Bureau. Includes history, transportation, and neighborhood guides.

Union Station History 101

The City and County of Denver Learn about Denver's past and present at the official site of the City and County of Denver.

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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

(Denver Public Library's subscription databases available with your library card are appropriate for research bibliographies.)

= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

Gale Virtual Reference Library This is an online collection of all types of encyclopedias and reference books. Art, science, biography, religion and much more can be found here. Great for starting a research project because its articles give good background about a subject and also a bibliography to use for further research. Click on any of the Subjects in the box on the right side of the page to see the titles of books in GVRL for that subject. Video Tutorial

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia This one is good for short and pretty simple information on a wide variety of topics. 
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Oxford Dictionaries In addition to being a respected and reliable dictionary, this database has some other great stuff. Notice the links at the top of the page for synonyms, grammar (with tips about punctuation and effective writing), and "Explore" to lead you to fun facts about the amazing English language.

Oxford English Dictionary A guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of English words, both present and past. This is the pace to look for when a word was first used, examples of where it appeared, information about whether it has origins in another language, help figuring out expressions from older books. Video Tutorial

InfoPlease Available on the internet without logging in with a library card number. It has an encyclopedia and dictionary as well as some other good reference books. If you don't have your library card with you it can help, but usually you'll find there isn't quite as much information available here as in the databases above.

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En español

= Disponible con su tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de Denver.

LearningExpressLibrary Recursos para hispanohablantes para mejorar las habilidaded de lectura, escritura y matemáticas, prepararse para el examen de equivalencia de la preparatoria (GED).

Catálogo de la Biblioteca Pública de Denver Haz tu búsqueda en la amplia colección de la Biblioteca Pública de Denver, la cual incluye libros, DVDs, discos compactos, y mucho más. Se pueden reservar los artículos por Internet.

LANIC La misión de LANIC es facilitar el acceso a todo tipo de información basada en Internet relacionada con Latinoamérica.

WorldCat Catálogo combinado de miles de bibliotecas alrededor del mundo. Contiene millones de descripciones de libros y otros materiales que se pueden pedir prestados.

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Language Arts: Literature & Writing Resources

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Literature

Literature Resource Center If you're doing a book report and need some ideas, this is a great place to start. Here you can find critical essays and articles on authors. Find biographies and critical essays on the world's writers from all eras and genres.

Literary Criticism eBooks Download an eBook to your computer or smartphone. Includes CliffsNotes.  Free software required.

Student Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles and primary source documents, historical timelines, biographies, and classroom topics. Great for homework.

NoveList Plus Find fiction and nonfiction books to read or listen to. Search by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Literature John Green teaches you literature!

Google Book Search Download full copies of out-of-copyright books like Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet and more.

Glossary of Poetry Terms

Poetry 180 A Poem a Day for American High School Students.

Sparknotes Created by a group of students at Harvard University, this site has study guides, reference tools, and classic books online - all free!

CliffsNotes: Literature Includes over 200 free “Literature Notes.”

 

Writing

Ten Steps for Writing Research Papers (PDF)

The Writer's Handbook: Writing a Research Paper

Research and Writing A step-by-step guide from the Internet Public Library.

Writing Skills Tips on writing essays, book reports and research papers.

Purdue Online Writing Lab Resources for the writing process, grammar, punctuation and more.

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Math Resources

= Available from home with a Denver Public Library Card.

Downloadable Math eBooks

Ask Dr. Math Good explanations from tutors at the Math Forum @ Drexel University.

Math Archives Web resources on a variety of math topics.

People's Math! Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Word Problem lessons and free tutors online.

Rader’s NUMBERNUT Math basics explained in simple terms with great graphics.

SparkNotes Math Study Guides Covers everything from Prealgebra to Calculus.

Brightstorm Math Videos Short, to-the-point math videos.

Khan Academy Videos on algebra, geometry, calculus and more.

Socratic Ask questions and watch videos on algebra, trigonometry, precalculus and more.

Cool Math Lessons, practice, games and more.

Introduction to Algebra

Geometry Homework Help

Metric Conversions

Online Conversion

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Science & Health Resources

= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

General Science Collection Magazines and journals focused on science. Basic Search Video Tutorial | Advanced Search Video Tutorial

Science Reference Center Full text articles from science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals.
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

ScienceFlix Videos and articles about many different science topics. Also includes articles about careers in science, a Science Lab feature with projects and experiments, and quizzes.

GreenFILE All aspects of human impact on the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Science Reference books online. Great for school work. Tip: Use the “Search within Science” search box on the right side of the page.

 

Life Science

SparkNotes Biology Study Guides Cells, plants, evolution and more.

The Visible Human Project Over 18,000 digitized sections of the human body.

Genetics Dictionary Talking glossary of genetic terms.

Animal Diversity An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology.

Encyclopedia of Life Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

University of California Museum of Paleontology Thousands of pages of content about the history of life on Earth.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Biology Hank Green teaches you biology!

Khan Academy: Biology Videos on biology topics.

 

Earth Science

This Dynamic Earth The story of Plate Tectonics.

Geology.com News and information about geology and earth science.

Overview of the Solar System Our solar system and beyond from NASA.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Ecology Hank Green teaches you ecology!

Khan Academy: Cosmology and Astronomy Videos attempting to grasp a little bit about our Universe.

 

Physical Science

Periodic Table of Elements Information, images, videos and more.

General Chemistry Online Glossary, tutorials and chemistry exam survival kit.

World Physics Easy to understand topics in all areas of physics.

The Physics Classroom Physics concepts explained with quizzes to test your understanding.

SparkNotes Guides on chemistry and physics.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Chemistry Hank Green teaches you chemistry!

Khan Academy Videos on chemisty and physics and more.

 

Health

Health & Wellness Resource Center Information on health, medicine, and wellness. The material is intended for informational purposes only. Video Tutorial

Consumer Health Complete Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. Video Tutorial

Diseases and Conditions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medline Plus Trusted information with tutorials, illustrated encyclopedia and the latest health news.

Khan Academy: Health Videos about medicine and the healthcare system.

 

Science Projects

Science Reference Center Full text articles from science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals. Tip: To find science experiments, go to “Advanced Search”, and then select “Science Experiment” under “Document Type”.
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Science Fair Central Ideas for your project and presentation from Discovery Education.

Science Buddies Free science fair projects, ideas, answers and tools.

Sciencehound Science Fair Projects Browse hundreds of projects with complete instructions.

Science Fair Project Ideas Browse ideas from Education.com.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair The world's largest international pre-college science competition.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair Honors excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, providing opportunities for students from all regions of the state to create and present their research.
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Social Studies: Geography, Government & History Resources

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Geography and Cultures

CultureGrams Information about countries and states. Find recipes by country, printable flags and maps, audios of national anthems and more.  

Points of View Controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by supporting articles. Video Tutorial

Student Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, and primary source documents.

CIA World Fact Book Facts, figures, history, flags, geography and politics of the countries of the world.

National Geographic Access pictures, video and music of people and places around the globe.

A Guide to American Flags Color pictures of historic U.S. flags and state flags.  

 

Government

Congressional Publications Track bills or find information on members of Congress.

Government 101 Learn how a bill becomes a law, what the President's and Congress' roles are, election process, and more.

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations on countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Khan Academy: American Civics Videos about how government works in the United States.

USA.gov Government made easy.

Colorado Government Includes elected officials, state agencies and more.

City and County of Denver Government and Legislation Find out how Denver's city government is organized and structured.

U.S. Census Demographic, economic and geographic statistics for states, counties, and places.

Browse Government Documents in our catalog

 

History

National History Day Project Pathfinders Guides to help you get started!

Student Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, and primary source documents.

New York Times Historical Backfile on ProQuest Contains full-text and images in PDF format of the New York Times from 1851 to three years before current year.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Reference books online. Great for school work.

America: History and Life Index to historical coverage of the United States and Canada from pre-history to the present. Advanced Search Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

History Reference Center Research full-text articles, historical documents, biographies, maps and photos. Great for students of history.
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

American Memory A gateway to primary source materials housed in the Library of Congress.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Focuses on the history, literature, art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Western History Collection at The Denver Public Library An amazing collection of manuscripts, photographs, maps, art, newspapers and more.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: U.S. History John Green teaches you the history of the United States of America.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: World History John Green teaches you the history of the world.

Khan Academy: History Videos about the history of the world.

Library of Congress Resources relating to history including newspapers, maps, sound recordings and more.

The History Net United States and world history through eyewitness accounts, interviews, photographs, and more.

United States History By Era, Region or Topic.

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Current Events & News

 = Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

America's Newspapers Full-text of the Denver Post, the Denver Rocky Mountain News and hundreds of newspapers nationwide.

TOPIC Search Explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

CQ Researcher In-depth analysis of topics in the news ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology. Covers all sides of the issues. Great for school assignments. Video Tutorial

Points of View Controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by supporting articles. Video Tutorial

GreenFILE All aspects of human impact on the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Video Tutorial
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Google News To the minute news updates from over 4,500 sources around the world. Trace the history of a developing issue by clicking on "sort by date" on the advanced search page.

CNN Updated 24/7, get news from one of the world's leaders in online news and information.

Social Issues This is an excellent site of current social issues from multiple perspectives.

PBS News Hour Extra News for students.

Channel One News stories, hot issues and student opinions.

TED Talks Ideas Worth Spreading. Speakers come from a wide variety of communities and disciplines – people you know, like Hilllary Clinton and Bill Gates, but also people you might not know yet, each with an important, vital idea to share.

The Denver Public Library has several newspapers and magazines on this topic. Check your local branch for available resources.

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Technology Resources

Check out the Class Calendar from our Community Technology Center and the ideaLAB.

Learn how to make awesome stuff with ideaLAB Project Cards!

 

General Beginning and Intermediate Computer Skills

GCF LearnFree More than 90 tutorials on a variety of subjects; suitable for beginning and intermediate skill levels.

 

Software

Floss Manuals Find a variety of tutorials for open source software programs.

 

Coding

Codeacademy An education company committed to helping people learn programming. They offer free, interactive lessons on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby. Users are required to create a free account.

 

Hacking

Hack This Site A safe and legal way for hackers to learn and improve their hacking abilities once they’ve created a free account. Includes forums and articles on all topics related to hacking and network security.

 

Find more great resources on the Teach Yourself Technology page!

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World Languages

= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card.

Mango Languages Learn a language by conversation. Learn Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese or Brazilian Portuguese and more. Spanish speakers and others can learn English. Log in to continue where you left off, or "Start Learning Now!" 
App available for iPhoneiPhone Android Android App HelpApp Help

Learning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress.

Duolingo Have fun while you learn a language (Spanish, French, Italian, German,Dutch and more) in a game-like format.

Learn Spanish A number of tutorials that deal with basic pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

iLoveLanguages From Aboriginal to Yugoslov, you'll find translation dictionaries, lessons, native literature, links and much more.

BBC Languages Audio and video courses.

English Study Materials Activities for ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

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Your Family Tree: Genealogy Resources

Library Resources

= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card.

HeritageQuest: Genealogy and Local History Online Complete set of U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

Ancestry Library Edition Available in the Library only. Images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, immigration lists, and over 4,000 more databases.

Denver Public Library Genealogy Collection:

 

Other Online Resources

Chronicling America Historic American newspapers. Useful for researchers looking for obituaries and newspaper articles about a relative or person of interest.

Colorado State Archives Genealogy Page Explore your Family History through documents, photos, and records.

Cyndi's List Useful genealogy links on various subjects. Check out the Kids, Teens & The Next Generation page for content geared toward young genealogists.

Ellis Island Records Search Immigration records.

Family Search Family History Library, Salt Lake City.

Library and Archives Canada Ancestors Search Birth, marriage and death records, census information and more.

National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page Search and explore historic electronic records.

RootsWeb Interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories.

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Primary Sources

Denver Public Library and Primary Resources (PDF) Databases, books and more. 

National Archives Docs Teach Thousands of primary source documents from the National Archives: written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video.

EuroDocs Western European primary historical documents.

History: Latin America A research guide to primary and secondary sources for Latin American history.

American Rhetoric American speeches (both recorded and text).

Ad Access American and Canadian advertisements from 1911-1955.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Clothing and costumes searchable by time period and geographical location. 

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Finding Copyright-Friendly Images on the Internet

Is copyright a little fuzzy?Students are increasingly asked to create visual presentations, and finding images for projects can be a challenge. Using images and pictures without permission is illegal. Images found on the internet are copyrighted unless they are in the public domain, the copyright has run out (generally 70 years after the copyright holder's death), or the author/creator has given explicit permission for use by others (for example, by using a Creative Commons license).

The law allows limited use of copyrighted materials through what is called fair use doctrine. Students can use images for educational purposes as long as certain guidelines are followed, such asusing a small percentage of the copyrighted material and not depriving the creator of income generated from the use.

Image by Nancy Sims via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed. Creative Commons

Creative Commons LicensesIf you are in doubt about use, always seek written permission. Try searching some of the suggested websites below to find copyright-friendly images. If you want more information on copyright, the public domain, fair use, or the Creative Commons, explore the links on this page.

Image by BockoPix via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed. Creative Commons

Searching for Copyright-Friendly Images

Pics4Learning Safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos & images for classrooms, websites, videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting. 

Creative Commons (CC) Search Access to search materials provided by other independent organizations. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. Always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. If in doubt, you should contact the copyright holder, or the site where you found the content. 

The morguefile Photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. To acknowledge the artist's accomplishments, credit the photographer whenever possible. 

Copyright, Public Domain, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Teaching Copyright: Frequently Asked Questions Teaching Copyright.org is an online copyright curriculum published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The ‘Fair Use’ Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material is Acceptable Published by NOLO, a leading publisher of consumer legal information. 

Ensure You’re Legally Using Online Photos Written by social media attorney, Sara Hawkins. 

 

Ask Us! ChatYou can always contact the librarians in Reference Services for more information about copyright and using images on the internet.

Chat with a librarian 24 hours a day at denverlibrary.org/ask.

 

Download the PDF version of this guide.

 

(The content of this overview comes partly from the Stanford University Libraries: Copyright and Fair Use website, licensed through the Creative Commons.)