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These resources cite the information for you.


Britannica School Middle - Cites it

EBSCOHost explora - Cites it

Grolier Online America the Beautiful - Cites it


Scholastic TrueFlix eBooks & videos

Once you are logged in, scroll down and on the bottom left you will find the red "Westward Expansion" widget. You will be able to select from the following titles:

The California Gold Rush by Mel Friedman

The Lewis and Clark Expedition by John Perritano

Life in the West by Teresa Domnauer

The Oregon Trail by Mel Friedman

The Transcontinental Railroad by John Perritano

Westward Expansion by Teresa Domnauer

These eBooks & videos do not include citations.

These eBooks are cited just like books in print including the eBook's URL.

The MIS Library has print copies of many of the titles that Scholastic TrueFlix has in eBook form. 


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Britannica Image Quest - Cites it

This is a great resource for art, clip art, images, and maps.

Print Resources and eBooks

Westward Expansion Print and eBook Resources

Click on the resource list above to see what materials we have at the MIS Library after logging into the Destiny Catalog!

Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Click on the link above to access Discovery Education. This is a comprehensive resource that helps students to learn.

eBook Delaney Digital Library

Westward Expansion Intro - 5th Grade

Flores, Kristen, director. “Westward Expansion Intro- 5th Grade.” 11 Apr. 2011,

Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 21 Oct 2016.

Manifest Destiny Educational Rap by MC LaLa

DiLalla, Peter, director. “Manifest Destiny.” YouTube, 2 Feb. 2011,

Sample Works Cited Document - MLA 8

Julie Cote (Student's Name)

Mrs. Correia (Assigning Teacher's Name)

Westward Expansion (Topic/Report Name)

13 Jan. 2024 (Date MLA 8 Format)


Works Cited

Domnauer, Teresa. Westward Expansion. Children's Press, 2010.

Domnauer, Teresa. Westward Expansion. New York, Children's Press, 2010,

     Accessed 12 Jan. 2024.

Prout, Will. “Louisiana Purchase.” Cobblestone: 30 Greatest American Events,

vol. 31, no. 5, 2010, pp. 14-15.

Westward Expansion Master Timeline

1783- The Revolutionary Wards ends (with the Treaty of Paris)

1803- Louisiana Purchase

1803- Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana Territory

1825- Erie Canal is completed

1845- Texas becomes 28th state in U.S.

1846- Great Britian and U.S. sign Oregon Treaty- makes Oregon Territory part of the U.S. (not a British possession any longer)

1848- U.S. and Mexico sign Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo- adds 1.2 million square miles to U.S.- southwestern U.S.- U.S. paid $15 million

1849- California Gold Rush begins

1861-1865- American Civil War

1862- Homestead Act- settlers are able to make a claim on land in western territories; if they stay for a year, the land is theirs (for free)

1869-Transcontinental Railroad- railroad connects Atlantic and Pacific oceans

May be reproduced for classroom use. 2013 by Lucy Caulkins and Colleagues form the TCRWP from Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (firshand: Portsmouth, NH).

Oregon Trail Emigrants


Oregon Trail Emigrants. – A wagon train on the Oregon Train on the Oregon Trail following the Sweetwater River at Devil’s Gate in Wyoming. Drawing by William Henry Jackson. Fine Art.Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 19 Oct 2016.

John Gast's "American Progress"

GAST: AMERICAN PROGRESS. - 'American Progress.' An allegorical representation of Manifest Destiny. Oil on canvas by John Gast, 1872. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 21 Oct 2016.

John L. O'Sullivan


"John L. O'sullivan." United States Geography, ABC-CLIO, 2016, Accessed 28 Oct. 2016.


Make sure that you always give credit where credit is due. The website linked above does NOT require you to log in to create a citation using the MLA8 format. 

Oregon School Library Information System


Oregon School Library Information System

Use this citation generator to create MLA 8 style citations for your sources.

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Prospectors Panning for Gold During the Californian Gold Rush of 1849

Prospectors panning for gold during the Californian Gold Rush of 1849. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 22 Nov 2016.