Project on Civil Rights

Boolean Search

A Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be "hotel" AND "New York". This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords. For a great reference on a way to search BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY, use this link

Below is a "Virtual Library" of ebooks available in Sora/OverDrive through Wayne High Schools AND through our partnership with the Wayne Public Library. Click on the book to borrow it- depending on the book, you will either need to log in through Classlinks, or you may need need a library card number to access them.

Please note: for each book, usually only one person can use it at a time, so be sure to RETURN the book when you are done with it.

***If you have issues with Sora or Overdrive, please reach out to Mrs. Caldwell

Civil Rights Movement Shelves

Ebooks Through ABC-CLIO : Sign in using the ABC-CLIO login and password. This is a collection of over 1000 nonfiction texts on a variety of subjects. This is just a sampling of titles available- there are MANY more if you search!


The Social History of the United StatesRevolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes]Turning Points—Actual and Alternate Histories: America in Revolt during the 1960s and 1970s

1960s Counterculture: Documents Decoded

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes]

Native American/American Indian Movement:

Encyclopedia of American Indian History [4 volumes]

Indian Treaties in the United States: An Encyclopedia and Documents Collection

Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty [3 volumes]

Antiwar Movement and Free Speech Movement :

Turning Points—Actual and Alternate Histories: America in Revolt during the 1960s and 1970s

Chicano Movement:

Documents of the Chicano Movement

Latino Issues: A Reference Handbook

Disability Rights Movement, etc.

Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies [2 volumes]

Environmental Movement (American Conservation Movement:

Environmental Justice: A Reference Handbook, 2nd EditionEncyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics [2 volumes]

Women's Liberation Movement:

The #MeToo Movement

Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People [4 volumes]

Women's Rights: Documents Decoded

Women's Rights: People and Perspectives

Ebooks through our Wayne Hills Catalog:

  • Go to the Wayne Hills Media Center catalog page and click "catalog"

  • Then, on the left, click "Resource Lists"

  • Scroll down to the one that pertains to your movement.

  • Click on "Open" next to the eBook you want to read (DON'T click on the title- click OPEN).

  • If the ebook asks for a login/password, please refer to the Online Database login/password sheet (remember you need to be logged into your WH account to access this!)

***I made a Screencastify Video to show you how to do this:

Texts in the Library (Hard Copies)

We do have books in the library for you to use for this project. However, they can only be checked out to individuals and CAN NOT be shared per the CDC Guidelines. You can find the call number using the instructions below, then go to the library, find the cal number on the shelves, and check the book out. We also have some of the books on the display next to the librarian's desk (closest to the main entrance).
  • Go to the Wayne Hills Media Center catalog page and click "catalog"

  • Then, on the left, click "Resource Lists"

  • Scroll down to the one that says "Civil Rights/Movements"

  • This list has all the books on civil rights and different movements that we have in the library. Please come to the library to check them out individually.

By Decade:

The 60s communes : hippies and beyond (Copy: 34180000305980) 307.77 MILThe 1960s (Copy: 34180000116010) 973.92 HolThe 1970s (Copy: 34180000116043) 973.924 SteThe 1980s (Copy: 34180000116011) 973.92 KalThe 1990s (Copy: 34180000116012) 973.92 Kal The seventies in America (Copy: 34180000309034) 973.924 SEV v. 1The seventies in America (Copy: 34180000309037) 973.924 SEV v. 2The seventies in America (Copy: 34180000309040) 973.924 SEV v. 3The sixties in America (Copy: 34180000308467) 973.923 SIX v. 1The sixties in America. Volume 2, Giovanni, Nikki--SANE (National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy) (Copy: 34180000308464) 973.923 SIX v. 2The sixties in America. Volume 3, school segregation--Zappa, Frank (Copy: 34180000308465) 973.923 SIX v. 3

Native American Movement:

The ABC-CLIO companion to the Native American Rights movement (Copy: 34180000303838) 342.73 GROAmerican Indian removal and the trail to Wounded Knee (Copy: 34180000307489) 973.8 HILFirst peoples : a documentary survey of American Indian history (Copy: 34180000301897) 973.04 CALThe Indian reservation system (Copy: 34180000303242) 323.1 ONE

General (have multiple movements):

American crucible : race and nation in the twentieth century (Copy: 34180000304963) 973.91 GERFreakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (Copy: 34180000303862) 330 LEVThe ethnic and group identity movements : earning recognition (Copy: 34180000303454) 323.1 MALLandmark Supreme Court cases : the most influential decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States (Copy: 34180000302372) 347 LANRevolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history : an encyclopedia. Volume 1 (Copy: 34180000307657) 303.48 DAN v. 1Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history : an encyclopedia. Volume 2 (Copy: 34180000307658) 303.48 DAN v. 2Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history : an encyclopedia. Volume 3 (Copy: 34180000307659) 303.48 DAN v. 3The progressive movement : advocating social change (Copy: 34180000303451) 324 MCNGreat issues in American history : from reconstruction to the present day, 1864-1981 (Copy: 34180000106725) 973 GRE

American Conservation/Environmental Movement:

Conservation (Copy: 34180000302601) 333.72 CALThe environment : a revolution in attitudes (Copy: 34180000303264) 363.7 EVAThe environmental movement : protecting our natural resources (Copy: 34180000303452) 333.72 SON

Disability Rights:

Enabling acts : the hidden story of how the Americans with Disabilities Act gave the largest US minority its rights (Copy: 34180006003941) 342 DAV

Chicano Rights Movement:

Latino Americans and political participation : a reference handbook (Copy: 34180000302434) 323 LATThe mommy myth : the idealization of motherhood and how it has undermined women (Copy: 34180000307070) 306 DOU

Women's Rights Movement:

The beauty bias : the injustice of appearance in life and law (Copy: 34180000307441) 346.7 RHOGidgets and women warriors : perceptions of women in the 1950s and 1960s (Copy: 34180000302673) 305.4 GOURoe v. Wade : the abortion rights controversy in American history (Copy: 34180004000311) 342.73 HULRoe v. Wade : the right to choose (Copy: 34180004000303) 342.73 PAYRosie and Mrs. America : perceptions of women in the 1930s and 1940s (Copy: 34180000302676) 305.4 GOUWhat our mothers didn't tell us : why happiness eludes the modern woman (Copy: 34180000305541) 305.42 CRIWomen and political participation : a reference handbook (Copy: 34180000302432) 305 BURThe women's rights movement : moving toward equality (Copy: 34180000303458) 305.42 MOUWomen's voices : a documentary history of women in America (Copy: 34180000100703) 305.4 WOM v. 1Women's voices : a documentary history of women in America (Copy: 34180000100704) 305.4 WOM v. 2

General resources: To log in to any of the password-protected sites, please go to our online resource page to find the login and password (you must be logged into your Wayne Hills account to access this page)

Salem Press Database:
Comprehensive database of articles, essays, and information on a multitude of topics. Of special note are “Defining Documents in American History”, a collection of primary sources that changed the nation organized by era. Also searchable by decade, and by current event topics. Log in, then scroll down to the decade you are interested in.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas including the arts, biography, law, literature, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, and social science. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition.
Pop Culture ABC CLIO:
Digital library of information on American and World movies, television, radio, music, sports, fads, fashions, and foods from the 1920’s to the present (with options to search by era). Weblinks to other reliable sites also are available on this site.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale):
An online database featuring reprinted articles from books, magazine articles, and websites with comprehensive information on social issues arguing both sides pro and con. Audio files are included. Within OV is another database that includes related activities on critical thinking.
Issues and Controversies Points of View (Ebsco):
Information on controversial issues, including overviews of the topic, and links to magazine and academic journal articles. Go to Points of View (Ebsco), login, then select “Points of View”
Google Scholar: The difference between Google and Google Scholar is that Google Scholar focuses on the scholarly literature available on the Internet. Resources in a regular Google search do not have to be scholarly, and do not have to be based on research.
You can also create your own personalized Google Scholar Library. Just find an article you are interested in and click on the star icon underneath the article. You can create folders, save articles in them, and then access them later by clicking on the My Library link on the top right.
The Chicano Movement
Documents of the Chicano Movement: Eyewitness to History presents some 50 primary historical documents, each prefaced by a succinct introductory essay. Because the Chicano movement comprised disparate groups and leaders from across the nation, the book will be divided into several sections that acknowledge these separate but connected efforts, each headed by its own introduction.
The Environmental Movement (from Social History of the United States )
After World War II, the American conservation movement focused on the efficient use of natural resources in the context of an industrial age. By the 1960s, the focus on the conservation of natural resources like water, trees, and soil shifted to an emphasis on environmentalism, that incorporated concern about air and water pollution, overpopulation, and nuclear energy.Building on n erra of grassroots movements, environmental advocates redirected the nation’s attention to the dangers of rapid population and technological growth.
Disability Justice Resource Center Website: An online resource for legal professionals, continuing legal education courses, law schools, students and others dedicated to protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities). It is divided in the following sections:Justice Denied
Basic Legal Rights
Working with People with Developmental Disabilities in the Justice System
Video Index
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
You can read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of this book using these links. Please note: you must be logged into your Wayne Hills account to read them in Google Docs.
Chapter 1 excerpt from Wonder Woman: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection by Debora Spar
“We are the daughters of the feminists who said ‘You can be anything’ and we heard ‘You have to be everything’- Courtney Martin
Debora Spar was president of Barnard College when she wrote this book in 2013, which asks why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck? Spar explores how American women's lives have―and have not―changed over the past fifty years. Armed with reams of new research, she details how women struggled for power and instead got stuck in an endless quest for perfection.

Websites that may be of use:

Native American/

American Indian Movement:

  • Minnesota History Center LibGuide on the Native American (sometimes called the American Indian) Movement (note: there is some great info here, but you may not have access to all the resources)

Disability Movement:

Women's Rights Movement:

Environmental Movement (Conservation Movement):


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Evaluating WebsitesThis website, part of Colorado Community Colleges Online, explains how to evaluate websites using the C.R.A.P. test. Comprehensive and easy to understand, it's an excellent resource for teaching students to evaluate websites.
One of the most important things when writing a report or researching is to give credit to your sources. This is called CITING your sources, and the links below will help you to do that properly. PLAGIARISM is when you copy an idea or quote and do not give credit, so it is important to cite not only quotes, but paraphrased ideas as well. You can use the links below to help you ensure that you are giving credit properly and effectively.
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