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College of Humanities & Social Sciences - Open & Free Materials by Course: History
This guide contains librarian-curated suggestions for open and free course material aligned to specific courses in CHSS.
Sage American History is designed for use by undergraduate college, community college and high school teachers and students. Sage American History is divided into 30 chronological sections, colonial through modern times. A selection of original documents is included in each section.
Primary documents in text, image, and audio, including annotations to address context and significance. Larger site also provides syllabi, web-based assignments ("blackboard"), resources on how to make use of historical evidence, and more.
Two-volume set treating the content of both 1301 and 1302, split at 1877.
Accessibility Note: The publisher reports that both volumes are available from Bookshare to allow students with print disabilities to access the books in audio, braille, large font, etc., and plain-text files can also be obtained for accessibility purposes from BiblioVault.
U.S. history textbook, plus 400+ annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection; supplemental primary sources; succinct essays; multmedia exhibitions; and reference resources that include a database of annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, audio archive, and visual archive.
SURVEY TEXTBOOK SUPPLEMENTS OR REPLACEMENTS FROM THE LIBRARY
Concise, level-appropriate topic overviews from academic encyclopedias and other reference works can provide excellent supplements or replacements to textbook chapters. This content is free to students because it has already been purchased or licensed by the SHSU Library.
If you don't like the way your preferred textbook addresses one topic, a substitute can replace that chapter. Or a full array of content selections can be custom-curated to fit your syllabus in place of an off-the-shelf textbook.
Need help? Your subject librarian can help to curate appropriate content that fits your syllabus and course goals.
Oxford ReferenceThis link opens in a new window(number of simultaneous users is limited) Combines quick reference coverage of the full subject spectrum with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions from ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles. See the titles in Oxford Reference.
SOURCE READER SUPPLEMENTS OR REPLACEMENTS FROM THE LIBRARY
In addition to individual "readers" or documentary histories on specific topics, the library holds the following series, which present large quantities of primary source documents. This content is free to students because it has already been purchased or licensed by the SHSU Library.
Many volumes are available in electronic format for easy integration into Blackboard. To use source documents from print volumes, contact the library about Electronic Reserves.
More than 70 volumes give a brief history and related primary documents on diverse topics in U.S. and World History, such as Jefferson vs. Hamilton, the Dred Scott Decision, the Emancipation Proclamation, the First World War, the influenza pandemic of 1918, U.S. environmentalism since 1945, the end of the Cold War, and MUCH more.
Volumes cover topics such as Manifest Destiny (1803-1859); Reconstruction (1865-1877); the emergence of modern America (1874-1917); World War I (1914-1919); the 1920s; the 1930s; the 1950s; Civil Rights; the Vietnam War; and more.
Selected documents, from exploration of the Americas through Bush administration--strongest in more recent documents. Arranged in sections by era, with section and document introductions for historical context.
The library also provides access to numerous digital archives which contain primary-source material on many periods and topics.
Accessible ArchivesThis link opens in a new windowVast array of historical newspapers, magazines, and full-text books, including Frank Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, African American newspapers, Godey's Lady's Book, women's suffrage and feminist publications, extensive Civil War documents, county histories from across the U.S., and much more.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994This link opens in a new windowReports, documents, journals of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 1817-1994. Every publication, over 415,000 documents, from 15th - 103rd Congresses.
American Periodicals, 1740-1940This link opens in a new windowU.S. periodicals, including special interest, general, children's, women's, literary, and professional. Includes American independence and Civil War articles.
Dolley Madison Papers Digital Edition, 1768-1848This link opens in a new windowDolley Payne Madison was the most important First Lady of the nineteenth century. The Dolley Madison Digital Edition provides all of her known correspondence from 1768 through 1848, more than 2670 documents.
Papers of Thomas JeffersonThis link opens in a new windowSearch & view 37 volumes of Jefferson's papers, 1743 to his death in 1826. Includes all illustrations and bibliographical content of print edition, plus linked cross-references and indexes.
Civil War, Parts 1-7 (Accessible Archives)This link opens in a new windowWide variety of rosters, muster lists, newspapers, pamphlets, regimental histories, and memoirs, Union and Confederate. Click "more" for details of content.
- Regimental histories, rosters, and muster lists representing all Union regiments.
- Commanding officer memoirs, strategies and tactics (mostly Union, some Confederate).
- Selected newspaper content from 1850s and 1860s representing Union