One very easy way to start your research is to look in online encyclopedias that will provide an overview of basic information on a topic. For instance, Pop Culture Universe, an online database paid for by the Library, has basic information on a huge range of historical topics.
There are books which you can browse which will be extremely helpful to you in learning about the cultural, social, and historical context of a particular time or period.
|20th Century Day by Day: 100 years of News||Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999. This should be your first stop to find out what else was going on for your time period.||Ref.
|This Fabulous Century
|One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images.||Ref.
|American Century: Art & Culture 1900-1950||Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period.||N 6512
|One volume per decade beginning with 1950s. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc.||Ref.
|Fashions of a Decade
|Just fashion. We have the '20s through the '90s.||Ref.
Hulton Getty Picture Collection
|One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the '20s through the '70s.||D 426
Websites of Interest
|American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century||The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are prepared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
|Year by Year 1900-2001||
This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.