Researching History Online


There are millions of sources online. How should students get started? What are they looking for and how will they know what they're looking at?

Join historian, special collections librarian, and educator Matt Reeves for a live overview of researching materials online. This soup-to-nuts overview starts with formatting a research question and covers identifying and assessing primary and secondary sources online. By combining lecturettes with small group working sessions, students will learn hands-on where to find materials and how to evaluate those materials.

This session is particularly useful for student groups starting research projects and can be tailored to specific project and source materials. Some typically useful primary source collections are the Internet Archive, the Chronicling America Project at the Library of Congress, and the Missouri Valley Room's own

Library staff can facilitate using Zoom, or participate through your preferred learning platform.

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Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in the Kansas City community.

For tours of the Central Library, contact Central Youth Services. The Central Library also offers a Kansas City History Tour. The Kansas City Public Library brings to life local history for 5th grade students. This includes a tour and an interactive experience to personalize what students see. Program design supports student learning using Common Core 5th grade Language Arts guidelines: Introduces 5th grade students to library resources. emphasizes local history, includes an interactive tour of the beautiful and historic downtown Central Library building, engages and motivates students to personalize their learning, and provides printed materials that educators can use for in-class follow-up of program.



History, Social Studies, Research


40 students


45 min.


Live Virtual Event


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary

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