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ENGL 150 - Nelson
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Literature Resources from Gale
Use the Literature Resources from Gale to find information on specific authors, like Wilder, and specific works, like Our Town.. Use a Person search to find biographies. Use a Works search with the name of the work as an Exact Title to find articles about Our Town.
The Thornton Wilder Society
The official Web site for the Thornton Wilder Society contains a biography and an Our Town study guide.
Click on the link above to read this article in full-text from Academic OneFile. (The PDF version is not yet available.)
Click on the link above to read this very recent article about Social Security.
Barack Obama's Inaugural Address
- Obama Inaugural Address
The Obama Inaugural Address appears in numerous print and web sources, but the White House website has the most authentic version.
- The U.S. Department of
Labor History of the American Worker
This government publication for the nation's bicentennial appeared in 1976 and is now online. See Chapter 1 - Emergence of American Labor by Richard B. Morris. Some information on Franklin's role in the labor movement is given.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Governmental websites often present only information sources developed since the inception of the site. Sources may have been removed at some point after posting. When considering historical data, users new to the process will find that the data gathered often was only an estimate, particularly in the 17th-18th centuries.
- Grossman, J. The Origin of the U.S.
Department of Labor
Notice that after the Civil War a campaign began to create a U.S. Department of Labor. It did not happen, however, until 1913. Meanwhile in 1869, according to the author, "Massachusetts pioneered by creating the first bureau of labor statistics in the world." Still there was a need nationally.
- The First Hundred Years of the Bureau of Labor
Recognizing needs of the American worker, a national bureau of statistics was established in 1884.
- 10th Anniversary of www.bls.gov
The Bureau's website began in 1995. While the site has grown over the years, it still does not include the range of available data. Therefore, users should consult other authoritative statistical sources for the bureau's data.
Found in the First Floor Reference Section - can not be checked out)
- Historical statistics of the United States: earliest times to the present. Millennial edition.
(REF HA 202 .H57 2006 v.2)
This is a comprehensive work. Use Part B. Work and Welfare. The section begins with description starting with Revolutionary War, includes "Historical Labor Force Estimates", "Characteristics of the Labor Force" 1800- , "Historical Unemployment Estimates" and more related topics.
- Datapedia of the United States: American history in numbers.
REF HA 202 .K87 2007).
See: Chapter 10. Labor.
Benjamin Franklin's ideas on work and its effects
Note: Your challenge will be to work with Colonial period terminology; writing style, e.g., B.Franklin's contractions like "employ'd"; the fact that B.Franklin was a prolific writer on numerous topics; and the countless publications that have been written about his life and work during the past four centuries.
- Credo Reference (Online)
- ABI/Inform Global
- Literature Resources from Gale
- Project Muse
- General OneFile
Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
See: "Online Interactive Exhibit"
- Papers of Benjamin Franklin
Click "Agree to License", then "Searching for words or phrases" to locate relevant papers.
The print/hard copy version is located in the FLITE collections. E 302 .F82 1959 (FLITE Lower level).
Benjamin Franklin Resources On Reserve
- Poor Richard's legacy: American business values from Benjamin Franklin to Michael
Milken by Peter Baida
See Chapter 1 - "Benjamin Franklin: 'A way to wealth'" and Chapter 18 - "Poor Richard revisited".
- The first American by H. W. Brands
See Chapter 2 - "An imprint of his own: 1726-30."
- Poor Richard's politicks by Paul W. Conner
See Chapter 2 - "The land of labor."
- The Benjamin Franklin papers by Frank Donovan
See "An explanation" at the beginning of the book for Benjamin Franklin's views on writing style, and compare with the changes that have already occurred in the 21st century.
- The economic mind of American civilization 1606-1865 by Joseph Dorfman
See Chapter X - "Two disciples of Penn: Benjamin Franklin: Gentleman of Commerce".
- The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
We selected this version as it has an index.
- The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is also available online from ushistory.org and from the University of Virginia.
- Poor Richard's almanack by Benjamin Franklin
- Benjamin Franklin: an American life by Walter Isaacson
A recent biography that is indexed, and will have references on the work and wealth theme.
- The life of Benjamin Franklin by J. A. Leo Lemay
See Volume 2, Chapter 15 - "Earning a living."
- The wit & wisdom of Benjamin Franklin: A treasury of more than 900 quotations and anecdotes by James C. Humes
- Ben Franklin's 12 rules of management
by Blaine McCormick (online)
A 21st century look at Benjamin Franklin's views applied to the contemporary setting. This is an online book available through ebrary.
- The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood
See Chapter 5 - "Becoming an American."
- Ben Franklin laughing: Anecdotes from original sources by and about Benjamin Franklin edited by P.M. Zall See Volume, 2 Chapter 15 - "Earning a living."
Democracy in America On Reserve
Copies of this text are on reserve at the FLITE Library. Ask at the checkout desk.
Copies are also available online through Project Gutenburg
Essays on Alexis de Tocqueville and his writings from Credo Reference
- Alexis de Tocqueville (from France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History)
- Alexis de Tocqueville (from Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760 - 1850)
- There are hundreds of other essays in Credo Reference on and related to Tocqueville, his travels, and his writings
Electronic books on Alexis de Tocqueville
- American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville by Bernard-Henri Levy
- America After Tocqueville: Democracy Against Difference by Harvey Mitchell
- Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville by Alan S. Kahan
- Tocqueville, Lieber, and Bagehot: Liberalism Confronts the World by David Clinton
Journal databases to find information on Alexis de Tocqueville and his influence
These databases are a little more advanced and good for deeper research:
Websites on Alexis de Tocqueville
- In Search of Tocqueville's Democracy in America: The Alexis de
Tocqueville Tour: Exploring Democracy in America
Includes biographical information, the places Tocqueville visited, excerpts from his journals, modern references, and more resources including books and websites.
- Tocqueville's America
"Tocqueville's America is. . .[a] project of the American Studies Programs at The University of Virginia. In this project we take up the task of re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural analysis of American democracy. Our objective is...to return that book...to its origins, to the America of 1831-32."
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For books and documents in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Library Catalog. Search either using keyword or subject.For other books on your topics, use the Library Catalog.
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- Reference - First Floor
- Government Documents - Second Floor
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Citation Style Guide: MLA (PDF)
An online version of FLITE's MLA Quick Reference handout which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
More examples of how cite different types of sources using the MLA format.
Copies of the full-length MLA Handbook (MLA handbook for writers of research papers) can be found in the Ready Reference section on Floor 1 of the library near the Oval Information Desk.
Citations - a FLITE guide
A guide to understanding citations, and a link to different online citation management tools that can help you input your sources and create your bibliographies.
Are all websites created equal?
Use one of these guides to help evaluate websites.
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from University of California at Berkeley
Check out urban legends, hoaxes, and misinformation.
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Last update: September 21, 2009