Social Studies Resources
Africa History Sourcebook
Historical texts and information on Africa from ancient times through Middle Kingdoms, imperialism and struggles for independence, to modern Africa, plus links to more sites, from Fordham University
Well-developed timelines of African history from Ancient Africa to Post-Independence, covering history, orature, literature and film, from a humanities course at Central Oregon Community College.
African news and information.
An interactive tour of ancient civilizations, courtesy of the British Museum.
Explore ancient Greek architecture, archaeology, art, culture, history, maps, timelines and many visual resources. provided by Thomas Sakoulas, Associate Professor of Art at the State University of New York.
Art and architecture, geography, history, mythology, people, wars, Olympics and other resources on the ancient Greeks.
Ancient History Sourcebook
Links to online texts for ancient history, including art and archaeology visuals, from Fordham University.
Asian History Sources
Primary sources from Asian countries, including posters, documents, images, maps and manuscripts from ancient cultures to modern times, from the University of Washington.
Primary sources, text, images and multimedia on a wide range of historical topics. Includes a site map and a subject index. Free access using the password for our databases.
Cybrary of the Holocaust
Links to Holocaust information sites, including current topics, such as the Swiss Bank controversy.
East Asian History Sourcebook
Texts and information on the histories of China, Japan, Korea and other countries from ancient to modern times, including information on religions, gender studies, maps and links to other websites, from Fordham University.
18th Century Resources
Culture, history, and science of the 18th century.
Encyclopedia Mythica: Greek Mythology
Signed articles that introduce the gods, heroes and monsters of Greek Mythology.
EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
Collection of primary Western European documents in translation, facsimile, or transcribed, from the Middle Ages into this century.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Information and beautiful graphics on the ancient and medieval worlds.
Personal letters, and essays look at major events in history from the perspective of eyewitnesses, covering ancient to modern time periods, from Ibis.
First World War.Com
Facts, folklore, and trivia surrounding World War I, and highlighting battles, wartime poetry and prose, audioclips of songs, speeches, propaganda posters and other images and much more. Includes a timeline and an encyclopedia.
The Great Buildings
A multimedia encyclopedia of world architecture, documenting 1,200 buildings and architects.
The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
The social and artistic innovations of ancient Greece, as well as interactive maps, a timeline, and information about famous Greeks, from the PBS series.
A meta-site for history, containing almost 1400 links emphasizing European and American history. from Gottingen, Germany.
The History Net
Articles and images from history-related magazines, eyewitness accounts of historic events, profiles of people who made history, interviews with noted historians and heroes, and daily history quizzes, from the National Historical Society and History Group of Cawles Enthusiast Media.
World history with a combination of text and colorful graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps. Famous people, events, science, culture, religion, and politics are all included.
Index of Resources for Historians
Alphabetical listing of topics from prehistory to modern, as well as countries, specific events, and geography.
Inside Ancient World History
The ancient history of Egypt, India, the Vikings, the Greeks and Romans, plus the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, from BBC World History.
Internet Medieval History Sourcebook
Texts and other information on history of the Middle Ages, from Fordham University.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Industrial Revolution
Historical texts and primary source documents on the Industrial Revolution, including sources on the social and political effects, as well as literary response, from Fordham University.
Islam, 622 AD-Present
An encyclopedia-style introduction to Islamic history for high school students plus provides maps, tables, and an historical outline.
Jewish Virtual Library
Jewish history, women, the Holocaust, travel, Israel and the States, Judaic treasures of the Library of Congress, maps, politics, biographies, religion, Israel, vital statistics, and more.
Labyrinth: the Source for Medieval Studies
A portal to databases, texts, and images on other servers around the world to create a comprehensive resource for the study of medieval life, from Georgetown University,
The Middle East
Resources on the history, culture, and politics of the Middle East, by SUNY at Albany's Department of History
Museum of Tolerance Multimedia Learning Center
An online museum that includes text and images relating to WWII and the Holocaust, including virtual exhibits and teacher resources.
Netserf Medieval History Resources
Medieval history, arts, literature, weapons, culture, architecture, archeology, and more.
ORB: the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
Medieval studies resources, including movies and teaching materials.
A comprehensive list of heads of state or government of all countries and territories, going back to the year 1700. Also lists of leaders of major international organizations, religious leaders, and more.
A series of history encyclopedias covering topics in British and U.S. History, as well as 19th and 20th century Russia, Germany and France.
Story of Africa
All periods in history of the African continent from the origins of humans, ancient cultures, colonialism, to the end of apartheid, from the BBC.
Windows to the Universe: Mythology
Emphasizing "the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and human experience." Introduces ancient deities and myths and their association with aspects of the Earth, sky, and physical world.
Women in World History
Primarily developed for educators, this site highlights women from all continents and cultures.
World History Matters
Portal to world history resources, including primary source documents, from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
World War II Primary Source Documents
An archive of primary source documents covering all aspects of the war plus several excellent interactive timelines.
United States History:
Aboard the Undergound Railroad
This site from the National Park Service documents historic posts where slaves found shelter along the Underground Railroad. Also provides links to biographies, the slave trade, early anti-slavery, operation of the UGRR, and the Civil War.
Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
This is a companion web site to the PBS series of the same title, and contains multiple resources with four major narratives and a "resource bank" with extensive listings of people and events, historical documents, and conversations with experts and scholars.
America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945
More than 112,000 black-and-white and 1600 color photographs from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information collection.
American Civil War Home Page
This site offers a large collection of links on all aspects of the Civil War, including timelines, letters, diaries, battle information, and photographs.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
A Depression era site from the Library of Congress's American Memory digital library archive which offers more than 2,900 documents from some 300 writers in 24 states chronicling the experiences of Americans who lived at the turn of the century.
American Memory The American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress
Examine historical events of the day in Today in History. Archival search is also available by event or topic and includes photos, documents, motion pictures and sound recordings.
American Women's History: A Research Guide
A guide to books, articles, dissertations and primary sources, some of them digital collections with an impressive subject index.
Archiving Early America
Primary sources for the revolutionary period, including newspaper articles as well as important political documents.
A collection of primary sources, text, images and multimedia on a wide range of historical topics. Includes a site map and a subject index. Free access using the password for our databases.
PBS's site describing the Vietnam conflict's battle history from 1954 to 1975, providing a timeline, a historical synopsis and articles focusing on unique issues such as guerrilla tactics and the air war.
Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
Provides over 100 primary source materials in chronological order from the pre-Colonial era to modern times, from the University of Oklahoma.
Creative American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
Browse a collection of photographs of famous American people and places taken between 1932 and 1964. Features many photographs from African American history and the Harlem Renaissance in addition to other movements of the time, as well as celebrities and some American landscapes.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Searchable by name or by subject, this site provides biographies and other information on women who have been left out of the history books (mostly American but some international figures as well).
Documenting the American South: North American Slave Narratives
An e-text collection from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries presents "the narratives of fugitive and former slaves published in broadsides, pamphlets, or book form in English up to 1920."
Economic History Services: How Much Is That Worth?
Compares the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1720 to any other year including the present.
18th Century Resources
Good site for culture and science of the 18th century.
Site of the Ellis Island Museum and Immigrant Wall of Honor.
Historical Text Archive
Provides one of the most comprehensive collections of historical documents, arranged chronologically as well as topically with links to sites relating to American history.
History of Jim Crow
Resources about segregation from the 1870s through the 1950s, including sections on television, history, geography, American literature and teacher resources, funded by New York Life.
The History Net
Features hundreds of articles and images from past and current history related magazines, eyewitness accounts of historic events, profiles of people who made history, interviews with noted historians and heroes, and daily history quizzes. From the National Historical Society and History Group of Cawles Enthusiast Media.
Lewis & Clark: A Journey of the Corps of Discovery
This comprehensive and informative web site complements the Ken Burns produced PBS special of the same name. Includes illustrations, maps, portraits, biographies, history of native tribes, a searchable archive, timeline, interviews and more.
Lewis & Clark's Journey of Discovery
This web resource provides map overlays which allow users to view or hide rivers, cities, native tribes, state boundaries, and the Louisiana Purchase. Narrative biographies of crew members and information about the journey are included.
Making of America
Excellent digital library which documents American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, containing more than 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
National Women's Hall of Fame
A great site for biographical sketches and other information on famous and some lesser known women in American history.
New Deal Network
A research and learning resource devoted to the public works and art projects of the New Deal.
The People's Century
This PBS companion to its 26 part series provides information on the major events of the past century and includes a timeline, transcripts, video clips and more.
Picturing the Century
A site from the U.S. national archives, highlights 100 years through photography. Explore an era or view portfolios of famous American photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, George Ackerman and others.
Riding the Rails
This site from PBS' American Experience focuses on those who hitched train rides during the great Depression, many of whom were teenagers. Timeline of the 1930's, maps bibliographies of great books and oral histories are included.
Slavery in America
CThe history of slavery in America, organized by History, Geography, American Literature, Narratives and Biography. Each topic has essays, maps, interactive exhibits, and additional links. Lesson plans for teachers are also available. Created to accompany the 2004 public television series.
Web site of the largest museum complex in the world with an extensive online collection and image database.
Surviving the Dustbowl
This site from PBS looks at the disastrous social and economic effects of the eight year long drought and accompanying dust storms in the Great Plains.
This Day in History
Find out what happened on this day in history. Includes events, celebrity birthdays and popular music of the day, for every day of the year, from the History Channel.
The 20th Century
This web site looks at important events and discoveries of the 20th century. Provides many photographs and documents.
United States Civil War Center
Civil War information and resources from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines. Links to all subject areas from abolition and architecture to war statistics and weapons, from Louisiana State University.
Vietnam: Echoes from the Wall
Web sites on the Vietnam War, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
Vietnam: A Television History
Biographies on the key figures involved in Vietnam and provides a timeline of events, weapons used and information about MIA status of prisoners, plus regional maps and essential documents, from PBS' American Experience.
Women of Our Time
An interactive gallery of photographs of some of America's most famous and influential women. Also included are brief biographical information and a discussion of photographic styles, from the Smithsonian Institution.
Government and Politics:
Various aspects of the trial system, including courts and legal procedures, steps in a trial, being a judge, mediation, and resources having to do with law and the legal system, from the American Bar Association.
The Air Force Link
The United States Air Force website features news articles and fact sheets.
American Experience: the Presidents
Information on 20th century American Presidents, policies and their presidential record.
A one-stop source for U.S. population data covering thirteen subject areas including "Marriage & Family," "Education," "Migration," "Income & Poverty," and "Mortality."
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Information about each of the commanders-in-chief and some of the relics of those who held the office, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History,
Bureau of the Census
Data about the people and the economy of the United States.
Census Data, 1790-1860
Historical, social, economic, and demographic data from the Decennial Census of the U.S. from 1790 to 1860.
A directory of information about the members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, including committees.
Congressional Biography Directory
Biographical information about the members of the U.S. Congress from 1794 to the present.
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
Current and historical government documents, including the United States Code, Supreme Court decisions since 1937, the Federal Register, the Budget of the United States, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, economic reports, and many other government publications and documents.
FactCheck.org A non-profit organization that monitors the factual accuracy of statements made by major political figures in the United States, from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Federal News Service-Congressional Transcripts
Immediate transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences and other newsmaker events from domestic and international news bureaus.
Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies is a primary source for U.S. Government statistical data
FindLaw: Supreme Court Opinions
Comprehensive collection of Supreme Court decisions, dating back to 1937, by volume, year, party name, citation number and full text; also a searchable database of decisions since 1893.
FirstGov: Your First Click to the U.S. Government
A gateway to every online resource offered by the Federal Government.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
A guide to free educational websites created by federal government agencies.
FedWorld/Flite Supreme Court Decisions
Searchable by case name or keyword search full-text of every decision, plus references to other Supreme Court decision sites.
Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents
Government publications, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record, Supreme Court Decisions, and much more.
Web site for the U.S. Department of Justice.
LII: Supreme Court Collection
All Supreme Court opinions issued since May 1990 and a historic collection of approximately 600 of the most important cases, which can be searched by party name, topic, or opinion author.
Important Supreme Court cases in history that have shaped significant aspects of our government and society, including backgrounds and summaries, case diagrams and audio files of opinions.
League of Women Voters
Information on presidential candidates and voting records of members of Congress.
National Portrait Gallery: Hall of Presidents
Portraits of the presidents are accompanied by brief biographies. from the Smithsonian Institute.
The Official Site of the Democratic National Committee
Latest press releases, opinion poll voting and campaign information.
"The Most Comprehensive Online Guide to American Politics". Information on all the candidates running in state and presidential elections, including 3rd party candidates, from Ron Gunzburger.
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, speeches and writings, election results, odd facts and presidential highlights, from the Internet Public Library,
Project Vote Smart
Unbiased and accurate information about campaigns, candidates, issues, and elections.
The Republican National Committee
Latest news, key issues, GOP directory, and information on the Republican Party, as well as opinion poll voting.
Rock the Vote
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization concerned with freedom of speech and artistic expression. A "can't miss" link to voter registration information is available, plus political news and information of concern to youth.
A directory of the United States senators of the 107th Congress.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Provides selected features form the Statistical Abstract, including USA statistics in brief, state rankings and profiles, and frequently requested tables.
THOMAS: Federal Legislative Information on the Internet
Daily account of proceedings in House and Senate searchable by keyword, as well as links to House and Senate gopher sites and LCMARVEL.
The United States Army
Web site for the army is the most text-heavy of the military sites and gives up to the minute Army news coverage, plus links to other military web sites and news publications.
United States Government Manual
The most recent five US government manuals, which contain information on all branches of the government, as well as departments and agencies.
The United States Navy
Home page for the United States Navy has a lot of useful military information and great fact sheets.
U.S. Federal Interagency Council
Statistical information compiled by more than 70 agencies of the government.
U.S. Presidential Election Maps 1860-2000
Surveys popular and electoral vote election results from the mid-19th century to the present.
The White House
Information on the White House and its occupants, both past and present, plus the latest information on the President's agenda and focus. This site also provides easy access to current social statistics and information produced by federal agencies.
The 50 States:
All Fifty American States
State home pages for every state in the union.
Chicago Historical Society
Digital collection of Chicago history sources with a searchable archive, plus other Chicago and history links.
Chicago Public Library
Main page of the CPL contains "Learn Chicago" with excellent organized and detailed information on Chicago and its history with links to their digital collections, special collections and archives. Their "Internet Resources" provide additional links to valuable information by subject.
Archives of local history and other special collections provided through a consortium of Illinois libraries.
Factual information, maps, biographies, etc. for every U.S. state, as well as for the commonwealths and territories.
Citizen's Library of Illinois Comprehensive Knowledge Service offers access to quality internet resources, screened for authoritativeness and well-organized for easy access by all Illinois citizens.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Information about Illinois historic sites and memorials.
Illinois State Museum Exhibits
Learn about the history of Illinois, the ice ages, fossils, and state symbols.
State and local government resources, from the Library of Congress.
Facts on any state in the union, plus Washington, DC. Includes comparative charts, bibliographies, and more, from the Internet Public Library.
State of Illinois
State of Illinois government web pages.
Information on each state capital, population, median age, elected officials, history, economy, points of interest, , maps, and other information, from Infoplease.com.
Information and news from the Council of State Governments.
Geography and Culture:
Profiles of every country in the world, including geography, climate, people, religion, language and history.
Background Notes on Countries
Information on geographic entities and international organizations, provided by the U. S. Department of State
CIA World Fact Book
Profiles and current statistics on countries.
The principal cities, nations and agglomerations of the world, with tables and maps.
Profiles every nation and province of the world. Provides maps, flags, weather, news and the national anthems.
Full-text version of the books published by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Superintendent of Documents. Covers most countries of the world.
A physical atlas of Europe, a historic atlas, a collection of antique maps, and a photo section.
Flags of All Countries
Flags, maps and information on the people, government, economy, etc. of every country in the world.
Resources for travelers and information on different cities and countries, especially lodging, restaurants and sites for designing and planning vacations.
In-depth destination guides to over 75 countries, online tourist offices, travel stories, and more.
Statistical tables of demographics and socioeconomics for 227 countries.
Library of Congress Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources
Portals to world resources, research guides and international collections.
Lists and information on the earth, continents, countries, oceans and seas, islands, and much more, from World Atlas.com.
Map and Cartography Collection of the Newberry Library
Many map collections, including historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.
Perry-Castaneda Map collection includes world maps, state maps, country maps, city and regional maps, historical maps and links to electronic gazetteers and other map related sites.
Map Collections: 1500 - 2003
Map collections from Library of Congress' American Memory database.
National Atlas of the United States
Locate more than 2,000,000 geographic names in the United States.
National Geographic Expeditions
Site dedicated to geographic literacy of history and countries around the world. Includes lesson plans, maps and much more.
National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian A beautiful site with notes on current exhibitions, research links and more.
Country profiles on over 6000 countries, over 3500 maps and many statistics, and includes an interactive feature to generate maps and charts.
Outline maps of the world, including historical maps.
Information about national parks in the United States from the National Park Service.
Maps of continents, countries, cities, landforms and much more.
World Atlas: Maps and Geography of the World
Maps and other geographical information on continents and countries, from About.com.
Large, clear, printable flag graphics can be found here.
Dreams and Dreaming
The mechanics of dreaming and a history of the study of dreams, from Thinkquest.
Information on issues and conditions such as anxiety, phobias, depression and suicide, violence, and much more, from the American Psychiatric Association.
Information regarding perception, learning, psychological disorders, and conscious states.
Links to psychology information, publications and resources, from Jacksonville University.
Online mental health resources.
School Psychology Resources Online
Index attempts to organize the vast amount of online data dealing with students' physical and mental health. A valuable resource for students, teachers and school psychologists and counselors.
this source can access economic statistical data, from the Census Bureau.
American Sociological Association
Resources in the field of sociology.
American Studies Web
From the Gallup Organization.
Federal Statistics Briefing Room
Current social statistic indicators from the statistical units of government agencies, including charts and links to additional data.
Evaluated web resources on social issues, from the Multnomah County Library Homework Center.
U.S. Metropolitan Racial & Ethnic Change: Census 2000
A wealth of information on issues related to segregation and the status of minorities, by the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative & Regional Research.