Thanks to Greta for leading me to d kay s days' "Tuesday's Tip" blog post Build a Research Toolbox and Include Cornell’s Making of America, and Apple's comments on the same post, pointing me to another Making of America website at The University of Michigan. I decided to check them out. Wow. Just wow. Turns out Cornell and U of M collaborated to get the whole project done. Each site has links to the other.
First, I started browsing the Cornell site ... not looking for anything in particular, just wondering what was there. I spent at least 45 minutes reading The United States Democratic Review, of all things. Then I noticed a link that said "browse civil war documents." Hmmm. Goodbye, hour and a half.
Then I looked at the U of M site. The next time I looked at the clock, another 45 minutes had passed. Seriously, I could spend the rest of the month between these two sites and still not be bored. They are that fascinating ... even when the information isn't relevant to anything you're researching.
Both sites have the option of searching, or browsing by title, author, or subject. You can even save stuff to your "bookbag" to email or download later. Way cool.
So ... my sincere thanks to Greta, dkaysdays, and Apple for giving me yet another excuse for not being able to do my homework! :)
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