May 13, 2010
Where In the World Did You Find That Information?
As a diligent author of historical novels, I've compiled a large file with links of sites on the Internet where you can get authentic information. I'm going to share a few with you today.
http://www.worldcat.org/ - libraries
http://news.google.com/archivesearch/advanced_search - historical newspapers
http://dailytimes.com/story.lasso?ewcd=8a4cba60869d2159 – Hill Country Texas historical articles
http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html - digitized magazines, newspapers, etc.
http://www.vintageskivvies.com/pages/archives.html - history of men’s undergarments
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html - all kinds of information in the Library of Congress
http://www.scripophily.net/wesuntelcom1.html - history of Western Union
http://celticfringe.net/history/vocab.htm - wonderful site for 19th century phrases
Have a ball using these sites for research. My file contains many, many more. Historical authors should really create a file similar to this for when they need more detailed information. Remember that not every site on the Internet has accurate details, and never use Wikipedia as a primary source. Be sure you find other reputable sources to back up the information.
- Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico