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Free Digital Library Provides Millions of Primary Sources for U.S. History

Digital Public Library of America

Organized digital library features piles of useful primary resources 

Pros: Makes centuries of American artifacts and media accessible with helpful filtering and topical collections.

Cons: Students need parameters and guidance to prevent searches from being wide but not deep. More closed-captioning and transcripts would be helpful.

Bottom Line: DPLA is at the top of the list of high-grade, online primary source collections if teachers make effective use of what's on offer. 

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