Better-know-a-resource: Digital Public Library of America

In honor of Open Education Resources week, we’re highlighting a free, open-access resource that students and faculty can use for research projects, course assignments, presentations, creative projects and more!  Introducing, the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA!

DPLA provides online access to 8,416,553 items from libraries, museums, and archives around the U.S., including scanned texts & letters, images & photographs, film & TV clips, and maps.

You can view special online exhibitions, such as this photography collection on Activism in U.S. History.  Or, you can explore the holdings of libraries across the nation using this interactive map. The timeline feature lets you see what kinds of artifacts belong to each year in history– including the year you were born!

DPLA is a great resource to use for finding primary source resources, public domain images, and ideas for engaging activities for classroom lectures, presentations (for students too!), homework, or online assignments. And the best part?  It’s free and open-access!

screenshot of dpla

P.S.  In the screenshot above, that’s a photo of the “real” Winnie-the-Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger from the New York Public Library’s archives!

Posted on March 13, 2015, in Resources. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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