The Library of Congress is a treasure trove full of fascinating historical sources that can help students and scholars with their research. According to the library’s website, they hold over 167 million items, including books, government documents, video recordings, maps and photographs. Some of the items are only available to look at in the research rooms at the library, but a significant amount can be viewed on its website: www.loc.gov. With so many items to sieve through online, how can you most effectively navigate their website to find the sources that you are searching for?
On the library’s website you can access traditional documents such as government manuscripts, as well as a much more extensive array of visual and oral sources ranging from nineteenth-century political cartoons and photographs of civil rights leaders such as Rosa Parks to First World War posters, written drafts of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, recorded blues songs and oral interviews with former slaves.
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