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Doing a project on Western expansion? Use the sources below to find books, articles, and information. If you need more assistance, see a children’s librarian or contact us at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org or 203-669-5235.


We recommend the databases listed below to research your topic. They are a good starting point. Many of these are subscriptions paid for by the Library, providing access to premium resources that can give you far more information than a simple Google search.

Search Terms

When searching in the catalog use these terms and subjects.

  • Frontier and Pioneer Life
  • Overland Journeys to the Pacific
  • Pioneers
  • Pioneers--History
  • Pioneers--Social Life and Customs
  • West(U.S.)--Discovery and Exploration
  • West(U.S.)--History
  • West(U.S.)--Social Life and Customs
  • Westward Expansion

Library Sections

Visit these sections of the children’s library collection for books about this topic.

  • Western United States: Kids Then & Now 978
  • Wild West: Kids Then & Now 978.02



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