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Watchung Hills Regional High School


Biography Research Project

Biography Research Report

Circulating Books

Biographies are located in the Biography section of the Media Center and are arranged alphabetically by the subject’s last name.

General books of the era are located in the Dewey numbers:

Check the card catalog for specific topics. The following are some of the subject headings that may be useful:
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
Revere, Paul, 1735-1818
United States-Constitutional Law
United States-Politics and Government-1774-1776
United States-Politics and Government-1775-1783

Use a keyword search if you do not find what you are looking for in a subject search. Once you find a book that meets your criteria, click on the subject headings in the card catalog record for similar books.

Reference Books
R 920 ENEncyclopedia of World Biography
R 920.02 DIDictionary of World Biography
R 920.073 AMAmerican National Biography
R 973 AMAmerican Eras: The Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783
R 973 AMAmerican Eras: Devlopment of a Nation, 1783-1815
R 973.03 ENEncyclopedia of American History
R 973.2 COColonial America
R 973.2 JAThe Colonial Era: An Eyewitness History
R 973.2 PUColonial America to 1763
R 973.2 SAColonial America: Biographies
R 973.2 SAColonial America: Primary Sources
R 973.3 AMAmerican Revolution: Biographies
R 973.3 AMAmerican Revolution: Primary Sources
R 973.3 BUThe American Revolution: An Eyewitness History
R 973.3 ENThe Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America
R 973.3 ENEncyclopedia of the New American Nation: The Emergence of the United States, 1747-1829
R 973.3 ENEncyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History
R 973.3092 PUWho Was Who in the American Revolution
R 973.4 HAShaping of America, 1783-1815: Biographies
R 973.4 HAShaping of America, 1783-1815: Primary Sources
R 973.4 PUThe Early National Period

Print Indexes

American Heritage Index

Video Resources
VC 342.73 MAThe Making of the Constitution
VC 342.7302 COThe Constitution
VC 973.3 NEA New Nation (1776-1815)
VC 973.4 INInventing a Nation: America No. 4.

Research Databases & eBooks
To access the WHRHS research databases and ebooks, go to the WHRHS Homepage and select Parent/Student Access. Click on, enter your username and password, open the Media Center Databases folder, and click on the appropriate icon.

• American Government
• American History
• World at War
Biography in Context
• Biography Collection Complete
• History Reference Center
• History Study Center

eLibrary Curriculum
Facts on File
• American History Online
Proquest Historical Newspapers
Student Resources in Context
ABC-CLIO eBooks Collection
Gale Virtual Reference Library
American Revolution Reference Library
• Americans at War
• Dictionary of American History
• Colonial America Reference Library
• Dictionary of American History
• Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History
• Encyclopedia of the New American Nation: The Emergence of the United States, 1747-1829
• Landmarks of the American Revolution: Library of Military History
• Shaping of America, 1783-1815 Reference Library

Web Sites

Benjamin Franklin
Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Paine
Paul Revere

Benjamin Franklin

The Electric Franklin

---examines the life of Benjamin Franklin through the use of primary source materials, narratives, activities, interactive games, videos, 360° interactive panoramas, and hundreds of pictures.

Benjamin Franklin | PBS

---accompanies the three-part PBS series, Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind, and follows the career of Benjamin Franklin from his humble beginnings in Boston to scientist, revolutionary, founding father, and America's first diplomat to France.

Benjamin Franklin: An Enlightened American

---provides a detailed account of Benjamin Franklin’s life and includes information on his inventions, notable quotations and anecdotes, a genealogy, and interesting facts.

From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

---features the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin covering the years 1706-1757, and includes a timeline of major events in his life, a short biography, his journal describing his voyage to America, and an account of how he became a printer in Philadelphia.

Alexander Hamilton

From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: Alexander Hamilton

---provides a biography of Alexander Hamilton from his birth in 1755 to his death in 1804 from wounds sustained in a duel with Aaron Burr.

The Rise and Fall of Alexander Hamilton

---examines the life and career of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) and includes hyperlinks to significant letters and documents of his time.

Major General Alexander Hamilton

---provides an overview of the life and political career of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).

Alexander Hamilton

---examines the military career of Alexander Hamilton beginning with his joining the New York Artillery in March of 1776 and following his participation in many battles during 1777 including Trenton, Morristown, Brandywine, and Germantown, Valley Forge, and Yorktown.


---looks at the life and career of Alexander Hamilton and includes a brief summary of his political beliefs.

The American Experience | The Duel

---accompanies the PBS production, The Duel, and examines the conflict that led to the duel in 1804 between Alexander Hamilton, an architect of the Constitution and designer of American capitalism, and Aaron Burr, Vice President of the United States and the first modern politician.

From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: Alexander. Hamilton

---provides extensive information about the life, career, and political beliefs of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

--- provides an essay on the life and achievements of Thomas Jefferson and includes a timeline of his significant public and private events, a detailed description of a typical day during his retirement at Monticello, information on the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark Expedition, notable quotations, and a genealogy.

Jefferson Digital Archive

---features a revised and edited version of B.L. Raynor’s 1834 biography, Life of Thomas Jefferson, as well as 2,700 excerpts from Jefferson's writings illustrating his political philosophy, 9,000 quotations relating to government, politics, law, education, economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, and morals, and a documentary history of the construction of the Academical Village, Jefferson's 19th-century architectural masterpiece at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

From Revolution to Reconstruction: Presidents: Thomas Jefferson: Biography

---provides an overview of Thomas Jefferson’s political career from his early days in the House of Burgesses to his years as a member of the Continental Congress, Minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice President, and President for two terms

American President: Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

---contains an in-depth look at the life the third President of the United States and includes information on the First Lady, Cabinet members, White House staff and advisors, and a timeline of significant events during Jefferson’s presidency.

The American Revolution: Thomas Jefferson

---examines the life and political career of Thomas Jefferson with hyperlinks to articles on significant people and documents of his time.

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

---contains a brief biography of pamphleteer and patriot Thomas Paine (1737–1809) and the complete text of his works Common Sense (1776), The Crisis (1776-1777), The Rights of Man (1791-1792), and The Age of Reason (1794, 1796).

The History Guide: Thomas Paine, 1737-1809

---features a biography of Thomas Paine (1737–1809) and includes E-texts of American Slavery in America, Common Sense, The American Crisis, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason, and The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine by Philip Foner.

rom Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: Thomas Paine

---looks at the life and works of pamphleteer and patriot Thomas Paine (1737-1809).

The American Revolution: Thomas Paine

---provides a brief look at the life and political career of Thomas Paine.

Paul Revere

The Paul Revere House

---looks at the life of Paul Revere, including his involvement in industry, politics, and community service, and provides a detailed account of his famous midnight ride to Lexington on the night of April 18-19, 1775.

The American Revolution: Paul Revere

---provides a brief biography of the life and career of Paul Revere.

American Experience | Patriots Day | People & Events
accompanies the PBS documentary, Patriots Day, and features an overview of Paul Revere's April 18, 1775 midnight ride to Lexington to warn patriot leaders of advancing British troops.

Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

---provides an account of Paul Revere's dramatic horseback ride on the night of April 18, 1775 to warn Boston-area residents of the approaching British army.