A pathfinder on the American Revolutionary War

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ILS 504 Reference and Information Sources and Services

December 3, 2007 Term Project

Prof. Stephen Jones

A Pathfinder on the American Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War resulted from the decision made by delegates from America’s thirteen colonies to seek independence from England. This First Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1774, to consider and act on the situation arising from the so-called Intolerable Acts, passed by the British Parliament in retaliation for the Boston Tea Party. These reasons were explicated by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia in the Declaration of Independence and unanimously confirmed by the First Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The war that ensued introduced many famous persons and battles into American history. As part of the seventh grade curriculum, the students at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, Connecticut will be studying the causes of the Revolutionary War and the political figures who, due to their involvement, have earned a prominent place in history.

This Pathfinder presents the resource materials that are available to students within their school media center in support of classroom instruction. The instruction project entails a presentation of one battle fought in the Revolutionary War and the profile of an important Revolutionary war figure. The goal of this curriculum unit is for students to gain an understanding of the reasons leading up to the Revolutionary
War, to gain in depth knowledge of one battle and the factors that determined the outcome of this battle, and to personally relate to a prominent figure in history by learning more of their political and personal life.
All reference, non-fiction, periodical, multimedia and internet sources that are listed are available within the media center. Internet resources may also be accessed from home once a user name and password have been established within the media center.
A wealth of knowledge exists related to the Revolutionary War. For a general background, students may wish to peruse the World Book Encyclopedia or Compton’s Encyclopedia found on the reference shelves. American History, American Heritage and Cobblestone are available in the periodicals section and contain many articles and color photographs related to this topic. In addition, the media center has available The Revolutionary War, A 10-Volume Series, which has been placed on a special cart together with many of the materials listed below to allow for easier searching. Any books that are not found on the cart may be found in the shelves by their call number.

Any books which are considered reference books will be found on the Reference Shelves and their call numbers will begin with Ref. Biographies will be found in the special section marked biographies and the call number will begin with 92 followed by the first three letters of the subject’s name. Thus, a biography on John Adams will be found under call number 92 ADA.

Ref 920 GRE Green, Anthony L. (ed.) Compton’s Encyclopedia and Fact-Index. (20 Vols.) Published by Encyclopedia Britannica, 2005.
Ref 920 JAC Jacobs, Dale W. (ed.) World Book Encyclopedia (22 Vols). Chicago: World Book Inc. (A Scott Fetzer Co.) 2004.
Ref 920 PEO Pictorial Encyclopedia: People Who Made America (vol. 8). Skokie: United States History Society, 1973.
Ref 920 SCH Schmittroth, Linda. American Revolution, Volume 1: Biographies, A-J. Boston: UXL , an imprint of the Gale Group, 2000.
Ref 920 SCH Schmittroth, Linda. American Revolution, Volume 2: Biographies K-Z. Boston: UXL , an imprint of the Gale Group, 2000.
Ref 920 SCH Schmittroth, Linda. American Revolution, Volume 3: Almanac. Boston: UXL , an imprint of the Gale Group, 2000.
Ref 920 SCH Schmittroth, Linda. American Revolution, Volume 4: Primary Sources. Boston: UXL , an imprint of the Gale Group, 2000.
Ref 973.2 SAA Saari, Peggy (ed.) Colonial America Biographies. Boston: UXL, an imprint of the Gale Group, 2000.
Ref 973.3 BOA Boatner, Mark Mayo III. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. New York: David McKay Company Inc., 1966.
Ref 973.3 BOA Boatner, Mark Mayo III. Landmarks of the American Revolution. Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1973.
Ref 973.3 CAR Carter, Alden R. Birth of the Republic. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988.
Ref 973.3 HOG Hogg, Ian V. and Batchelor, John H. Armies of the American Revolution. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1975.
Ref 973.3 PUR Purcell, L. Edward. Who Was Who in the American Revolution, 1993.
Ref 973.3 REV Smith, Carter. (ed.) The Revolutionary War. Brookfield, The Millbrook Press, 1991.

PERIODICALS (on Periodicals Shelves)
American History

American Heritage

Kids Discover

Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People

Apple Seeds

973.3 AME Meltzer, Milton (ed.) The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words, 1750-1800. New York: Harper Collins, Publishing. 1993.
973.3 ARN Arnold, James R. The Revolutionary War. Vols. 1-10. Danbury: Grolier, An imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing, 2001.
973.3 BAK Bakeless, John. Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes. New York: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1959.
973.3 BAK Bakeless, Katherine and Bakeless, John. Spies of the Revolution. New York: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1962.
973.3 BOH Bohannon, Lisa Frederiksen. The American Revolution: Chronicles of America’s Wars. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Co., 2004.
973.3 BOO Booth, Sally Smith. The Women of ’76. New York: Hasting House, 1973.
973.3 CAR Carter, Alden R. At the Forge of Liberty. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988.
973.3 COL Colby, Jean. Lexington and Concord, 1775: What Really Happened. New York: Hastings House, 1975.
973.3 HAL Hall-Quest, Olga Wilbourne. The Bell that Rang for Freedom: The Liberty Bell and its Place in American History. 1965.
973.3 HOL Holley, Erica. The American Revolution. London: Dryad Press, Limited, 1986.
973.3 JAM James, Edward T. Notable American Women. (2 Volumes) Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
973.3 KNI Knight, James E. Boston Tea Party: Rebellion in the Colonies. 1982.
973.3 KRA Kranz, Rachel and Koslow, PhilipJ. The Biographical Dictionary of African Americans. New York: Checkmark Books, an imprint of Facts on File, 1999.
973.3 LAW Lawson, Don. The American Revolution. New York: Abelard-Schuman, an Intext Publisher, 1974.
973.3 LOM Lomask, Milton. The First American Revolution. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.
973.3 MIL Miller, Brandon Marie. Growing up in Revolution and the New Nation, 1775 to 1800. 2002.
973.3 A Russell, Francis. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill. New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1963.
973.3 USC Uschan, Michael V. Lexington and Concord. Milwaukee: World Almanac Library, 2004.
973.3 ZEI Zeinert, Karen. Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution. Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 1996.

92 ADA Davis, Kate. Abigail Adams, 2002.
92 ADA Bowman, Catherine. John Adams and the American Revolution. 2004.
92 ADA Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence. New York: Clarion Books, 1998.
92 ARN Fritz, Jean. The Case of Benedict Arnold. 1981.
92 BAN Wadsworth, Ginger. Benjamin Banueker: Pioneering Scientist. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc,. 2003.
92 HAM Haugen, Brenda. Alexander Hamilton. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2005.
92 KNO Strum, Richard M. Henry Knox: Washington’s Artilleryman. 2007.
92 STA Crannell, Karl. John Stark: Live Free or Die. 2007.
92 WEB Proudfit, Isabel. Noah Webster: Father of the Dictionary. New York: Clarion Books, 1966.

VR 325.70 UNI United States History: The American Revolution, Volume 4. Schlessinger Media
VR 973.2 ORI Origins of Democracy (1688-1765). Schlesssinger Media; Issembert Productions, Inc. 2004.
VC 973.3 REV The Revolutionary War (1776-1983). Schessinger Media; Issembert Productions, Inc. 2004.
VC 973.31 CAU Causes of the Revolution (1765-1776). Schlessinger Media; Issembert Productions, Inc. 2004.
VC 973.31 CRE Creating a New Nation (1783-1791). Schlessinger Media; Issembert Productions, Inc. 2004.
VC 973.3 DEC Declaring Independence (1774-1776). Schlessinger Media; Issembert Productions, Inc. 2004.

Online Encyclopedias-Click on the school encyclopedia link from the Hillcrest Media Center homepage to access three online encyclopedias. http://school.eb.com/
1. Encyclopedia Britannica

2. Compton’s One

3. Britannica Elementary
Grolier Books http://go.grolier.com/dyno_go.html
World Almanac for Kids http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore.index.html

The Hillcrest Middle School Media Center subscribes to two specific educational search engines which will help you with your search. Within the Media Center or from home, you may login to the media center’s homepage to search NetTrekker or Discover Education United Streaming. You will need to remember your user name and password which have been set up for you.
Through NetTrekker, you may visit thousands of approved educational sites to study the Revolutionary War. Check out these sites:
History Central http://historycentral.com/ This site is touted as “History’s Home on the Web” containing information on American History as well as World History. Time lines of major events in American History help students grasp history easily. In addition, the site offers special sections on diverse subjects including Current Events, Civics, Presidential Elections and Naval History.
American Revolution http://www.americanrevolution.org Your Internet Gateway to the American War of Independence 1775 – 1783. With over 700 web pages and 2,500 links to primary source information, this website is one of the best history sites on the web. Includes text of speeches and historical documents as well as reproductions of paintings and photographs.
National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior http://www.nps.gov/revwar/

This is the official National Park Service American Revolution Web Site. Explore this truly revolutionary period that resulted in a new nation and new form of government. The events of 1775 through 1787 changed the course of history resulting in a new nation and a new form of government. Tour the places and view the objects that bring this history alive.

U.S. History http://www.ushistory.org A guide to websites regarding all aspects of United States history. Includes full text historic documents including the U. S. Constitution, George Washington’s Farewell Address and others. A unique set of websites, not found elsewhere, are listed as a “Congress of Websites” and copyrighted by ushistory.org
The American Revolution Homepage http://www.americanrevwar.homestead.com/ This site offers a table of contents for easy searching. Information pages include musical content that represents familiar melodies to Colonists in Colonial times.

Through Discover Education United Streaming, you may view thousands of digital and video segments of American history. Simply click on the link provided on the Media Center homepage to be connected to http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ A simple search under the search terms “Revolutionary War” offers 35 short video clips. To view a clip on a specific battle, famous moment in history or famous person, search under the specific name.

iCONN Databases for School Libraries-Links have been placed on the Hillcrest Media Center homepage to these iCONN resources:
Biography Resource Center


Discovering Collection


History Reference Center


InfoTrac Student Edition


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