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Influences on 20th Century Creatives: Getting Started

Investigate the key events, attitudes, culture, trends, and traditions from the era of your choosing.

Library Databases

America's News
Electronic editions of more than 600 U.S. newspapers

A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data

Biography in Context
Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword

Biography Index
Besides biographies and autobiographies, it includes citations to interviews, obituaries, collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, bibliographies and exhibition reviews

Grove Art Online
Web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art

Humanities Full Text
Over 500 English-language periodicals covering literature and language, history, philosophy, archaeology, classical studies, folklore, gender studies, performing arts, history, religion and theology.

Literary Criticism

Salem History
Decade by decade events

Getting Started

Let's get started:

  • Investigate the key events, attitudes, culture, trends, and traditions from the era of your choosing.
    Salem History
    America's Story
    Digital History 
  • Check out a biography of authors/artists who lived through this time period.  You'll want to think about how living through certain events or being immersed in culture of the times influenced their work.
    Biography in Context
    Biography Index
  • We have provided many links to databases and websites that can help you with this research.  Choose from tabs above-- "Events in History" or "Books and E-books."
  • Links to basic research and the citation guides.
    Research Guide for Students
    MLA Citation Guide
  • Collect your research materials and start your paper.

LIFE photo from "History of Music Players" timeline

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