Safe Searching Resources

Below is a list of Safe Searching Resources. To access these resources you must have the correct login and password information from your Safe Searching Resources handout. If you don't have this handout stop by the LMC to get a copy.



Keywords to search on:

  • Salem Witch Trials

  • Salem Witch Hunt(s)

  • Witchcraft
  • Salem

  • Specific names of Crucible characters, e.g., Cotton Mather, Sarah Good, John Proctor, etc.

  • Puritans

  • McCarthy

  • McCarthyism

  • HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee)

  • Blacklist (to be blacklisted)

  • Red Scare

  • Hollywood Ten

  • Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations

FREE/Open Web Sites

These resources do not require logins or passwords.


Use Directories to search for specific information on people.


Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for FREE! After you type in a search term you will get results but to see only FREE titles you must use the Free Google eBooks link in the left hand navigation to narrow your results to FREE titles.

Use the Advanced Search feature to locate content from magazines.

Sample ebook on Salem Witch Trials


Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place

  • Find articles, theses, books, abstracts or court opinions

  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web

  • Learn about key scholarly literature in any area of research

The Crucible characters analyzed by Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley Ph.D. and Masters students.

Shmoop guide to The Crucible characters


Originally published in 1867, this is a very detailed account of the life in Salem, the events leading up to the actual trials, and the trials.

Salem Witch Trials--The World Behind the Hysteria

From Discovery Education this is an amazing web site! Good researchers will pay close attention to the navigation options at the bottom of the pages to find even more veins of information.


Excellent resource for primary source documents including:

  • Court Transcripts

  • Personal Letters

  • Historical Maps

  • Notable People


From National Geographic this site is an entertaining glimpse of the hysteria surrounding the events of the Salem Witch Trials.

The Goody Parsons Educational Web Site

This website is being developed jointly by Historic Northampton and the Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

University of Missouri-Kansas City--Famous Trials

Links to primary source documents and images.

Lee's Summit High School Crucible Pathfinder

Excellent Salem Witch Trials and Puritan life resources and links to information on Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism.

Salem Witch Trials City Guide

Spooky time line recounting events (found by A.Teta--MS Wilkins)

Chronology of Events

Crucible character analysis--not biographical but literary analysis

Documents and articles from the National Archives:

Telegram from Senator Joseph McCarthy to President Harry S. Truman

**Prelude to McCarthyism: The Making of a Blacklist**

FREE Citation Builders

FREE websites that will create MLA (Modern Language Association) citations for research papers.

Whether you are quoting a source directly or paraphrasing from a source you MUST cite your source.


NoodleBib (MLA)


Son of Citation Machine