A pathfinder is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

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Harlem, New York City, 1927. Archive Photos. SIRS Decades.

Organizing Question:
Were the "Roaring 20's" a decade of social harmony and prosperity or conflict and disunity?

Unity topics include:
  • Henry Ford and the Model T
  • Flappers
  • Motion Pictures
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • New leisure activities

Disunity topics:
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Science/ Scopes Trial
  • Racism and the rise of the KKK
  • Nativism, Immigration Restrictions and the Red Scare
  • The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Prohibition and the Rise of Organized Crime


Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books such as encyclopedias offer short, authoritative information on every topic.
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Search our reference e-book collection for your topic by just typing your keyword in the box on this button.


  • REF 973 AME American at War. Society, culture, and the homefront. Resch, J. Volume 3, 1901-1945.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

Non-Fiction Books

We have many non-fiction books about this topic are found in various sections of the library. Be sure to do a keyword search using the online catalog (Destiny) to find more materials.
  • 322.42 M The truth about the Ku Klux Klan. Meltzer, M.
  • 325.73 D Not like us : immigrants and minorities in America, 1890-1924. Daniels, R.
  • 345.73 F Justice crucified : the story of Sacco and Vanzetti. Feuerlicht, R.
  • 363.41 C The long thirst : prohibition in America, 1920-1933. Coffey, T.
  • 973.914 B America and the jazz age : a history of the 1920's. Boardman, F.


WHS databases

Log into any of these databases by clicking on the link. If you are away from home, you will have to use a remote username and/or password. These can be found on the Library Media Center brochure. Make sure to take one home before leaving school!!
  • SIRS Decades Research American History from 1900 to present. Find primary sources and articles.
  • Student Edition- Infotrac resource for finding reference, news, multimedia and primary source resources on all subjects.
  • U.S. History in Context provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Get your primary sources (actual news articles, ads, and political cartoons). Search these old newspapers- Boston Globe (1872-); NY Times (1851-); Christian Science Monitor (1908-); Wall Street Journal (1880-).
  • American History- American History the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.

Internet sites


BPL: electronic resources

You will need a BPL e-card in order to access these databases. Ask Ms. Dalbec if you need help applying for a card.
  • Virtual Reference Library - Includes more than 90 encyclopedias, plus numerous specialized reference sources covering a diversity of subjects including Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. Some "Junior" sources included as well.