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Congress Past & Present: Searching the Early Congressional Documents and Congress.gov

Overview of online holdings and search strategies for congressional records and legislation from 1774-1875 and 1973 to the current congress.

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Gathering Community Stories

[In collaboration with the American Folklife Center] Gain a unique perspective on your community's history and cultural identity by gathering oral history interviews. This workshop introduces the layperson to the process of collecting oral histories and focuses on a critical phase of the process, the interview.

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Invisible Ancestors: Ideas & Strategies for Recreating Their Stories

[In collaboration with the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room] Many ancestors -- early immigrants and pioneers, slaves, women, native peoples, and others -- do not have compiled biographies and are invisible in the historical record, except through the census or other data collection entities. Learn ideas and strategies for recreating their life stories from the Library's online and physical collections of early travelogues, letters, diaries, other texts and printed ephemera, photographs, other visual media, and maps.

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Jumpstarts to Research

One-hour programs providing an overview of multimedia resources and research strategies on various topics such as:


-African American Materials in the Digital Collections
-Local History and Genealogy
-Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress
-Music and Dance in American History
-Presidential Papers at the Library of Congress
-Women

(Note: Other topics may be requested.)

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Laurels and Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Web site is a rich resource for poetry lovers. This program introduces the Library's many poetry offerings -- including web guides on U.S. poets laureate, webcasts of poetry readings, exhibits on famous poets, and, of course, poems themselves -- to educators and members of the general public wishing to explore American poetry and its presence in everyday life.

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Library of Congress: Jefferson's Legacy to the Nation

Presentation on the history of the Library of Congress

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Maps As Historical Evidence

[In collaboration with the Geography and Map Division] Maps are windows to the cultural, political, and physical world around us. They capture a space in time and define it according to parameters set by the mapmaker for an intended audience. Learn to explore historical maps and discover the surprises they yield.

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Orientation to the Digital Library: Introducing loc.gov

Introduction to content areas and search systems on the Web site; includes demonstrations of the various search systems and multimedia content.

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Orientation to the Digital Library: Searching loc.gov

Demonstration of the characteristics of the various Library of Congress search systems and advanced search strategies to take advantage of these characteristics.

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The Internet: Fact or Fiction; Web Site Evaluation Strategies

Learn to examine web sites and create evaluation criteria that make the World Wide Web the research tool it can be.

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