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Washington 101

This libguide is for the undergraduate students enrolled in the Washington 101 course at CUA. This course takes and interdisciplinary look at the past and present of Washington, D.C.

Evaluating Sources on the Internet

Not all that sparkles is gold and this can be especially true when it comes to sources you find on the internet.

The University of California Berkeley has put together a very helpful website to help you evaluate internet resources.

DC Writer's Homes

DC Writers' Homes - A Guide to Authors' Homes in the Greater Washington Area

Not the most intuitive website, but a great literary 'virtual' tour of the city. See what notable authors have lived in DC and what areas of the city they have called home. You can browse this site alphabetically, by region, or by affiliation (Civil War era, Jewish, Radicals, etc).

While not a scholarly site, per se, this resource could serve as great launching point or source of inspiration for research.

More goodies from the Internet...

Building the Washington Metro

An Online Exhibit from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

This site was researched and written by Zachary M. Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

[For primary sources relating to transportation history of DC, take a look at the Local Resources section of this guide.]

taxation without representation, U Street

Taxation Without Representation.

U Street NW Washington, DC

[photograph by Sarah Rice Scott]

DC Neighborhood History Resources on the Web

Various web resources about DC's neighborhoods, including resources and stories from WAMU (local NPR affiiate), NPR, Cultural Tourism DC, DC Registry, and H-Net.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

American Memory | the Library of Congress

American Memory

The Library of Congress


Portrait of Lincoln holding a document in his left hand, facing slightly left.

from The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

from the website:

"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."

Below is a sampling of the content:

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America

The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925

Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

Washington As It Was

Explore this resource for yourself! You can browse collections by topic, time period, or place.