PHS Library Resource Page for Mrs. Collins
Unions and Strikes
The Matchgirls strike
The London Dockers strike
The National Union of Gasworkers
Laws to prevent union organizing and strikes
*Child labor – overview
Information about factory owners, doctors and others who supported or opposed child labor—and, testimony from some children themselves. Many diffent links.
Child scavengers (textile mill work)
Child piecers (textile mill work)
Women in the Industrial Revolution
Health and Sanitation
Deformities of Children
*Chadwick’s Report on Sanitation (1842)
The filth of the Thames River (a letter to the editor of the London Times)
Conditions in the mines
*Women miners in the English coal pits
Interviews with miners
Trimdon Grange mining disaster
Conditions in the factories
Testimony about working hours
Comparison of wages by age and gender
Also see an explanation of the current value of the wages
Interviews with workers
*Working Hours of Women in Factories
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas A. Edison
Sir Henry Bessemer
German Student Resources
WHG Country Exploration Resources
A number of print and electronic resources can be used to explore and obtain information about your assigned countries. Before you begin, however, consider what type of information you are really trying to find. Part of doing this means posing questions about the issue. For example, let's say you wish to find information about one of your topics, "everyday life" in your assigned country. What does this really entail?
If you're lucky, there will be a book or video entitled "Everyday Life in ..." . The chances are, however, that you will have think of questions related to "everyday life" for which you'll look for answers as you research:
- What type of food do people eat? How do they cook it? When do they eat? (it's not always the same as the U.S.)
- When do people get up to go to work? What type of work do people do?
- Do most people live in cities or out in the country?
- How many people share a household? Do older generations live inside?
One of the most important steps in doing research is asking questions. With that said, here are some useful places where you'll find answers:
Print sources of information
General and subject encyclopedias are good places to begin finding general information about your countries. You may wish to begin with:
- The World Book Encyclopedia (in the short shelves in the Reference Section)
- Lands and Peoples (910.Lands in the Reference Section) - remember, the volumes of this work are divided geographically, not alphabetically.
- Background Notes (910.Background in the Reference Section) - these notes are put out by the U.S. State Department for its diplomats and embassy staff.
- Culturgrams (910.Culturgrams in the Reference Section) - as well as general information about countries, these pamphlets will contain information about the lifestyles of the countries peoples.
- Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mankind (301.2.Ill in the Reference Section) - this collection of works focuses more on the culture of the peoples who live in your respective countries. While the volumes are a bit dated, the information can still be counted on.
The library may have videos about your respective countries, their peoples, government, environment, and tourist attractions. Ask the librarian, Mrs. Goodson, to see what sorts of audiovisual materials exist. Videos may be viewed in the library at the stations along the wall towards the back.
- The CIA World Factbook is an excellent resource for general information about your country and is a good source for maps.
- The Library of Congress Country Studies contains the on-line versions of books previously published in print by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. These are excellent resources for general, economic, and cultural information about respective countries. (NOTE: This resource was compiled for people to be deployed to lesser-known regions of the world. As a result, your country may not be part of the collection).
- World Atlas of Maps, Flags, and Geography Facts - contains factual information about countries as well as outline maps.
- National Geographic Maps and Geography Online - provides political boundaries superimposed on satellite maps - an interesting view of country topography.
- Yahoo's World News Index - index of countries which leads to headline stories from that area.
- World Newspapers - English language newspapers from various countries.
Information about the arts ...
... may not be easy to locate by doing an online search. One of the better strategies might be to use the World Book Encyclopedia to get the names of prominent artists and musicians, then do research on those names, either online or with the library's print resources. For contemporary artists and musicians, however, you might wish to visit Yahoo's list of countries. Click on your country, then find the Yahoo directory for "Arts and Humanities" for your country. Musicians will be found under the heading on the next page of "Performing Arts." You'll have to do some digging, but you should be able to get some insight as to artists and musicians in your country by using this strategy.
Child Labor Debate Resources
- Debate Tasks - http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Twork2.htm
- Encyclopedia of British History - Textile Industry - http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Textiles.htm
Remember, the librarian, Mrs. Goodson, is here to assist you in all your research needs. She might be able to save you quite a bit of time and effort - all you need to do is ask for help!