Workshop

Primary Sources: Documents

 

Workshop Objectives

By the end of the Primary Sources: Documents workshop, each participant will be able to:

1.      locate different types of documents in the American Memory collection.

2.      viewing, printing, and saving American Memory documents from the American Memory collection.

3.      identify three different types of documents found in the American Memory collection.

4.      utilize the graphic organizer to analyze a document.

 

Workshop Outline

I.                   Discuss: Types of Documents found in the American Memory Collection

        Handout: Printed Ephemera Genre Terms

        Using the online version of the Printed Ephemera Genre Terms, show examples of each type of document.

        Other:  Manuscripts, books, poems, etc.

 

II.                How to view, copy, and save American Memory documents

        Viewing American Memory documents

        Go to a sample of a printed primary source

        Discuss the information page

        Show the actual document (demonstrate enlarging if the feature is available)

 

        Printing American Memory documents

        Go to a sample of an American Memory document.

        Left-click the thumbnail image (to open a digital reproduction of the image) or on the words page image.

        Right-click the image and select Print Target

        If the Print Target selection is not available, save the image (Save Target) and print it later.

 

        Saving American Memory documents

        Go to a sample of an American Memory document.

        Left-click the thumbnail image (to open a digital reproduction of the image) or on the words page image.

        Right-click the image and select Save Target.

 

        An Itemís Internet address

        Go to a sample of a printed primary source.

        Left-click the thumbnail image (to open a digital reproduction of the image) or on the words page image.

        Select the drop-down menu View at the top of your screen.

        Select Source from the drop-down menu.

        Scroll to the bottom of the html code.

        The items Internet address is near the end of the html code.  It begins with http:// and ends before the arrow -->

 

Example: <!-- http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=lhbum&fileName=09631/lhbum09631.db&recNum=173 -->

 

 

III.             Analyzing Primary Documents

        American Memory Learning Page activity: How Does it Read?

        Path to the Online activity:

From: www.memory.loc.gov go to:  Learning Page > Getting Started > Primary Sources > Student Workshop > How does it read?

 

IV.              Analyzing American Memory documents

        Handout: Document Analysis Form

Discuss the items on the form.

        Alternate Analysis form: Written Document Analysis Worksheet

Good for use with single documents.

 

V.                 Activity:  Document CSI (Character Search & Identification)