Google News Archive

by jtheiser on November 5, 2012

Here is a tool that I have been exploring and showing teachers how to use for a while now and it’s high time I shared it with you, my readers.

Google news provides you with the ability to search their archives going all the way back to the late 1800s.  This is a great tool to let your students do some historical research.

Searching the Google News Archive

Let’s say you want to search for articles on Clara Barton from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s.

First, go to: and enter in your search requirements.

Google News Search




















Now that you have entered your search criteria, click search and you can view the results.

Notice the dates of the results, the are all within our search range.  Next, let’s say you want to read the article about Clara writing to Mr. Roosevelt.  Simply click on the link and you can view a copy of the newspaper article.

Clara Barton Writes to Mr. Roosevelt










This is a great way for your students to do research and interact with primary sources.


Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 7

by fifer1863 on September 13, 2011

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Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I discuss some ways teachers can use various Google tools to find resources for teaching the Civil War.

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Google Alerts

Google Advanced Search

Google Custom Search (Example)

Google Image Search

Google Timeline (Example)

Google News

Google Earth (more from my Blog and History Tours)

Google Sketchup

Google Docs

Google Sites






Read Books on the Civil War Online

by fifer1863 on January 4, 2010

As many of you already know, Google has begun to scan and make books available online, including full versions of books. These books are copyright free and can be downloaded for your reading pleasure.

In addition to these books, there are also some books where the copyright has not expired, however you can read sample pages from the book. Not free to download, but nice to “try before you buy.”

So, for example, a quick search for the word “Gettysburg” and you get a list of books of some really interesting looking texts such as:

  • Gettysburg: Description of the Painting of the Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault by John Badger Bachelder – 1870
  • Gettysburg Made Plain: A Succinct Account of the Campaign and Battles, by Abner Doubleday – 1888
  • The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 by Oliver Willcox Norton – 1913
  • Did General Meade Desire to Retreat at the Battle of Gettysburg? by George Meade – 1883
  • Hospital Scenes After the Battle of Gettysburg, July, 1863 by Patriot Daughters of Lancaster (Pa.) – 1864

There are also numerous autobiographies and biographies of Civil War Generals that are also available for download. Try searching for Civil War or Civil War general and see what you come up with.

Finally, Google Books also has a feature where you can find a library near you that has a copy of a particular book, and for you researchers out there, a “cite this item” link which gives you the proper citation for a book for publishing purposes is given in several different formats .(APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian.

Try it at especially the “full view books.”

In addition to Google Books, you may also want to try searching the following websites for Civil War books: and


Happy Reading.

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Google Time Line Feature

October 27, 2008

Thanks to Chris C over at the Sparks of Hope Blog for this one: Did you know that Google has a timeline feature? Go to and type the following into the search box: civil war view:timeline Or you can click HERE This will give you a timeline of the Civil War. You can then […]

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