West Virginia: A Historical Resource Guide comprises a selected list of publications which will assist the teacher in locating additional resources for enriching the West Virginia videoprogram in the classroom. The Guide is not comprehensive, but represents an attempt to provide the teacher, who desires to expand a lesson plan in particular subjects, with significant books and articles.

     The compilers found it impractical to give locations for the various publications. Hopefully many of the items will be found in public libraries, but, obviously, not all of them. The Guide attempts to list recent publications. However, in many cases the best materials on certain subjects were published many years ago. To find the older publications the teacher may have to use a larger academic library. It may also be possible to secure some items through the Interlibrary Loan system of a local public library.

     In some cases the Guide includes brief annotations which may be useful for the teacher. However, the compilers decided that annotations for every entry would provide highly subjective and unnecessarily lengthen the booklet. It would be best, of course, for the teacher to use his/her own best judgment in selecting items for enrichment of the video program.

     For the ease of use the Guide has been structured to follow the format of West Virginia. Each of the video program's Four Parts is represented in the Guide. For example in the Guide Part One corresponds to the same section in the video program. It then provides materials arranged according to the three subject areas contained in Part One of the video: "A Hidden Land," "A Deadly Panic," and "Equal Cruelties." If a teacher decides to expand the subject matter presented in the "Equal Cruelties" section of the video's Part One, the Guide provides four subject divisions for "Equal Cruelties:" Lord Dunmore's War, The Battle of Point Pleasant, the American Revolution, and Betty Zane and the Siege of Fort Henry. Under each of these subjects the teacher will find books and articles for student use and classroom enrichment.

     Although, the Guide adheres to the subject matter of West Virginia's four parts, the compilers, in a few cases, extended the topics beyond the limited discussion in the video program. For example, in Part Four the section "Pants or No Pants," which discusses briefly the role of women in the work place, was expanded in the Guide to a general listing of resources on West Virginia women.

The section "Prologue," contains some basic sources on West Virginia History, including single and multi-volume state histories, encyclopedias, gazetteers, magazines, indexes and bibliographies.

The compilers hope that this Guide will be a useful tool in assisting the teacher of West Virginia history.