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PLSC 310 California Poli-Sci Historical Biography: Online Resources

How do I determine if a website is reliable?


  • Who is the author?
  • Why was it written -- for what purpose, organization, or audience?
  • When was it written?
  • Does it include references or a works cited list?


Recommended Websites

Common Place  An online journal of early American history with scholarly articles on figures such as Fr. Junipero Serra

California State Library - Online Resources. A list of websites compiled by the California State Library, including sites dedicated to California history and historical figures. 

California Digital Newspaper Collection A digital, searchable, collection of California newspapers dating back to 1846. Newspaper articles are primary sources.

  National Archives

DocsTeach is a collection of thousands of primary source documentson topics such as the Revolution and the new nation, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Great Depression and World War II, and other topics from the National Archives.