Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016
Search the library catalog for books and documentary films at KUA. Try a subject or keyword search for the person's name (try both last name, first name and first name last name). Use the "Power" search to narrow down: for example, search "civil rights" AND "kennedy" to find JFK's position and influence on civil rights.
The double-edged sword : how character makes and ruins presidents, from Washington to Clinton
Call Number: 973 SHO
Publication Date: 2000
A Documentary History of the United States
Call Number: 973 HEF
Publication Date: 2002
This collection of historical documents includes J.F.K.'s inaugural address and George W. Bush's speeches after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, among other presidential writings.
- U.S. Presidents (University of Virginia)
A great overview of each president's life and work. Includes in-depth information about each president, including facts at a glance, key events, impact and legacy, etc.
- The Presidents (The White House)
Biographical and historical summaries of each presidency, provided by the White House.
- The American Presidency Project
An online archive of primary sources created and hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara. Contains letters, speeches, radio and television transcripts, audio and video files (when available for the more recent presidents), and other documents relating to the presidents. You will also find some interesting data sets, such as polls and results for elections throughout the years.
- American Heritage
A long-running popular magazine covering all aspects of the history of the United States and featuring articles by prominent historians.
- Chronicling America
A broad range of U.S. newspapers from 1836 to 1922. The actual pages of newspapers from the past are displayed. Browse topics related to US history, taken from local and regional newspapers of the time.
- Presidents of the United States (Library of Congress)
With overviews and timelines of each presidency, these pages are full of primary sources such as letters and manuscripts by the presidents in question.
- American Memory (Library of Congress)
Primary sources related to all aspects of American history. This web site and the related American Memory Initiative include everything from images of historical documents and portraits of U.S. presidents and other notable people to sheet music and correspondence. For example, find letters between Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.
- Britannica Online Academic
The highly regarded encyclopedia online has articles covering many aspects of individual presidencies, including supplementary materials and links to outside resources.
- Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Find articles here from magazines and scholarly journals. Using the advanced search will help you narrow your results (for example, roosevelt franklin AND election*)
- Proquest Historical Newspapers
A great place to look for primary sources -- every issue ever published by the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and the Hartford Courant. Before you search, try narrowing down by decade (1960s, for example) under Advanced Search to get the most relevant results. If you are looking for a particular event, you can even choose a specific day!
- CQ Researcher
Best for recent presidencies, this is a great starting point for researching current events. Most reports include timelines, graphs and charts, and pro/con debate sections. Reports date from as far back as 1960; go to "Browse Reports" menu > By date.
Search for articles from scholarly journals. Try combining several keywords for the most successful search. For example: (president AND (bill clinton) AND legacy)
The Presidents Collection.
Call Number: DVD 923.1 AME
Fifteen-disc set includes the "American Experience" documentaries "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt," "Woodrow Wilson," "FDR" (1994), "Truman" (1997), "The Kennedys," "LBJ," "Nixon" (1998), "Jimmy Carter," "Reagan," and "George H.W. Bush."
The three branches of government: how they function.
Call Number: DVD 342.044 THR
Take a close look at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the United States government and how they function and work together. Begin to understand the roles and duties, the checks and balances, and the framework of our federal government created by the Constitution.