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Integrating Technology in the Discipline 
The Norton, A People and a Nation Technology Program
U.S. history survey textbooks:
  • Bailey et al., The American Pageant
  • Berkin et al.., Making America
  • Boyer et al., The Enduring Vision
  • Norton et al., A People and a Nation

Electronic ancillaries:

  • @history CD-ROM
  • @history web site
  • U.S. BiblioBase
  • U.S. GeoQuest
  • Computerized test banks
  • WebCT Webcourselets
  • Blackboard (CourseInfo) course cartridges

Program benefits
What are the benefits of using all the elements of the program to instructors?
Instructors can choose from among primary sources, maps, activities, and selected links to the Internet to create a course that is rich and varied, and all of these resources are available to students from the convenience of their computers or from their textbooks.
What are the benefits to students?
Students can complete assignments, do research, and study using a wide range of resources that are easily accessible via computer.

Getting started with the program
Knowledge needed for Instructors
Instructors need to know how to use a Web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer and how to install and run software from a CD-ROM. Instructors should know how to navigate the @history and GeoQuest CD-ROMs, which is a simple and intuitive process, and should familiarize themselves with the resources on the @history web site. Especially useful is the "Introduction to Using the @history CD-ROM and Web Site" section on the @history web site.
Knowledge needed for Students
Students need to know how to use a Web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer and how to install and run software from a CD-ROM.

Best uses of the whole program
How can the entire program be used in the course?
All of the program components are designed to supplement standard U.S. history survey courses or upper-level U.S. history courses. Much of the focus of these supplements is on primary sources, which are made available on the CD-ROM, the web site, and in a customized printable supplement, BiblioBase. These sources can be used in the same way print primary source collections have traditionally been used in history courses-to introduce students to the essential documents of history through written assignments, oral discussions, and collaborative learning projects. The maps and links to other history sites provide additional resources for learning. The WebCT Webcourselet and Blackboard course cartridge facilitate distance learning.
Where does each piece of the program fit into the course?
  • @history CD-ROM. This collection of one thousand primary sources-text, audio, video, animations-is an extraordinary resource that can be used to supplement any U.S. history course. Half of the sources are supplemented by student activities. This is an excellent resource for distance-learning courses.
  • @history web site. This site includes lists of primary sources, with student activities and suggestions for their use; a Gateway section with links to hundreds of additional U.S. history sites; maps that can be printed out for student assignments or for display in class; ACE self-tests; lecture topics; and instructors' manuals.
  • U.S. GeoQuest. The thirty interactive maps on this CD-ROM will enhance students' geographical knowledge and skills. Each map has a number of questions that require students to find specific geographical points to locate the answer.
  • U.S. BiblioBase. This collection of over four hundred primary sources gives instructors the ability to create a customized collection of primary sources. Instructors can search the collection, peruse the documents, and place an order at the BiblioBase web site:
  • Computerized test banks. Each of the U.S. survey textbooks in the program comes with a test bank of multiple choice and essay questions. The test bank is available in both a print and computerized version. The computerized version allows instructors to edit the existing questions, add their own, and customize their own tests.
  • WebCT and Blackboard support. For each U.S. survey textbook, we have created a Webcourselet for the WebCT web site and a course cartridge for the Blackboard site. This provides instructors who want to offer some or all of their course online with much of the fundamental material for their course. From this base, instructors can customize the course to meet their needs.

How could the program be used to support a distance learning course?
The resources on the GeoQuest CD-ROM and the @history CD-ROM and web site are accessible from any computer with a CD-ROM drive and an Internet connection, making them very useful for distance education. Students with limited access to a research library can still have access to an extensive array of resources.

Help Information
Technical support Information. Contact Houghton Mifflin Software Support ((800) 732-3223) between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, e-mail, or visit our technical support web site at
Information on adopting product:
For information on adopting Houghton Mifflin textbooks, contact your local Houghton Mifflin sales representative or call the Faculty Service Center at (800) 733-1717. CD-ROMs are available shrinkwrapped with Houghton Mifflin textbooks at a reduced price or as standalone products for use with any U.S. survey textbook. BiblioBase is available to any instructor. More information about choosing documents, ordering, and pricing, is available at

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