History and Cultural Studies


Africans in America (PBS and WGBH Boston) Contains sponsors’ links (advertisements.)

A companion to the PBS television series, as well as a self-contained source of information and primary source documents relating to the topic of slavery in the United States.  The main content is divided into four sections spanning the years from 1450 to 1865, with each section containing narratives, facts and resources and a teacher’s guide.


American Rhetoric (Dr. Michael E. Eidenmuller from University of Texas at Tyler) Contains banner advertisements.

An index and database of more than five thousand full-text, audio and streaming versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and other recorded media events.  Includes an index and partial database full-text transcriptions of the one hundred most  significant American political speeches of the twentieth century.


AmericanPresident.org (Center of Public Affairs-University of Virginia)

Presents biographies and timelines for each president, first lady, cabinet member and staff, along with a list of key events and an image gallery for each president.  In addition, there are organizational charts, essays and bibliographies on key areas of presidential responsibility such as economic and domestic policy, national security and legislative affairs.


Ancient History: Romans (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Covers a broad range of topics relating to ancient Roman civilization, such as gods and beliefs, gladiators, empire, and culture.  Includes photos, bibliographies, and several interactive Flash-based games.  There are links to the other ancient civilizations covered by the BBC, including Greeks, Egyptians, British, Vikings, India and others.


Asia Source (Asia Society)

Provides information pertaining to Asia including; food, business, events, news, holidays, maps and statistics.  Contains specific sections on holidays, chronologies, country comparisons, embassies, biographies, languages and more.  Includes a searchable glossary and dictionary.


Background Notes (United States Department of State)

Presents online publications about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty around the world.  Prepared by the regional bureaus of the US Department of State.


Ben’s Guide to US Government (US Government Printing Office) For all ages.

Quick facts and information about the US government designed for students, divided by grade levels.  Topics include: historical documents, branches of government, how laws are made, national vs. state government, elections, and citizenship. Also has college and career information. 


Biography of America (WGBH Interactive for Annenberg Media)

Covers the history of the United States in 26 sessions, beginning with pre-European contact and ending in 1999.  The Web site is based on a series of videos that are available for purchase, or viewable for free as streaming videos (in Windows Media format).  Each section includes a timeline of events, with links to text coverage of most of the events listed, maps, complete transcripts, and a bibliography of print and web resources.


calisphere(University of California)

Focuses on the history of California, but relevant for the broader study of the west coast and all of North America.  General topics of interest include the gold rush of 1849, the Great Depression, World War II and the Japanese-American internment.  Presents an enormous collection of photographs and primary source documents.


CIA World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)

Quick reference to information for all countries including: geography, maps, people, government, economy, military, communication, travel, and international issues.


Constitution Finder (University of Richmond)

Features the constitutions of more than two hundred countries in both the original language and English.


Digital History (University of Houston)

An extensive and well-organized site featuring high quality historical resources for students and teachers.


Distinguished Women of Past and Present (Distinguishedwomen.com) Contains advertisments.

Provides biographical information (indexed by subject or name) of women writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, civil rights activists, artists and entertainers.  Features bibliography links to Amazon.com.


Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina)

A large-scale digital publishing initiative that features primary resources in history for the study of the history, literature and culture of the American South.  Especially well represented are resources for study of the Civil War, the antebellum South, African-American history and Southern literature.


Eternal Egypt (Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage)

A multimedia presentation offering cultural highlights, maps, timelines and museums for over 5000 years of Egyptian history.


Ethnologue (SIL International)

Information about over 6,900 languages with over 40,000 different dialects from around the world.  Specific information for each language includes population, region and classification.


Interactive Consitution (National Constitution Center)

Explore various aspects of the Constitution. Searchable by keyword, topic, and Supreme Court cases.


Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (US Department of Education)

Lists hundreds of educational websites supported by US government agencies.  Subjects include arts, history, health and physical education, language arts, mathematics, science, and world studies.


Federal relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents)

Digitized versions of a print series originally produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian.  The online archive covers volumes documenting major foreign policy decisions of the United States from 1861 to 1960.


The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization (Public Broadcasting System)

Offers a broad range of multimedia resources covering the Golden Age of Greece.  Provides streaming video, interactive maps, and a wealth of information on daily life, social customs, political and military history, and many other aspects of Ancient Greece.


Homework Center (Multnomah County Library)

A selection of internet resources, organized by topics most commonly requested for homework assignments.  Selected and annotated by librarians.


INFOMINE (Regents of the University of California)

Provides access to a collection of resources (many free) like databases, electronic journals, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and other types of information assembled by librarians at 30 contributing universities. Sometimes this site is slow to load – it may take a few attempts, but it’s worth the effort!


Ipl2 (The Internet Public Library 2) (iSchool at Drexel University in partnership with several other universities)

A virtual library providing easy access to many reference resources, books, magazines and other websites selected by librarians.  Organized by subject.  Also has a section especially for teens.


The Library of Congress (Library of Congress)

Provides access to Library of Congress digital collections of text, audio and graphics.  Collections include American Memory; Global Gateway: World Cultures and Resources; THOMAS (for legislative information)and more.


Mark Twain’s Mississippi River (Northern Illinois University Libraries)

A multimedia website that explores Mark Twain’s time in and around the Mississippi River through a number of interactive maps, historic images, audio content and essays.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute (Stanford University)

Aimed primarily at teachers, the site includes transcripts and audio of some of King’s most important works, as well as other online resources regarding Dr. King and the civil rights movement.


A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the Constitution (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Gives a balanced and comprehensive portrayal of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  Includes interviews, narratives, documents and images.


National Museum of the American Indian (National Museum of the American Indian)

A virtual tour of the museum’s New York annex.


NationMaster.com (NationMaster.com; developed by Luke Metcalfe, a web publisher and data miner from Sydney, Australia) (contains banner ads)

A vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF, and OECD.


OFFSTATS (Ranier Wolcke, University of Auckland Library)

A metasite that pulls together links to official statistics from countries, government agencies and intergovernmental organizations.


Papal Encyclicals Online (Papal Encyclicals)

Provides papal encyclicals and other Catholic Church documents from 1226 to the present.


POTUS: Presidents of the United States (Internet Public Library and School of Information, University of Michigan)

A quick biography source for all the US presidents, as well as election results, cabinet member biographies and notable events of each presidency.


Timelines of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A chronological, geographical and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world.


US Census Bureau (US Census Bureau)

Complete US data listed geographical (by region, county, city, etc.).  A surprising number of details about daily life, trends, and demographics is measured by the Census Bureau and presented on this site.