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Selected Electronic Resources for Social Studies
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DocsTeach - Find thousands of primary sources from the National Archives including documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in an ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.

Fold3 (formerlyFootnote)
Historical document and genealogical research site with over 41 million primary documents online, many from the National Archives.

A global community collaborating around history

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, and more

Student Resources in Context
Student Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events.

World History

The Age of Exploration  From the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., this site explores maritime exploration from ancient times to Captain Cook's 1768 voyage to the South Pacific.  It includes biographies, timelines, maps & routes, suggested readings and activities.


EyeWitness - History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It - Personal narratives and primary source documents bring history to a new level.

Facing History and Ourselves - Resources for teaching and learning about the Holocaust as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence. Students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.

Great Speeches Collection - Famous speeches from Susan Bl Anthony to Woodrow Wilson.  Includes several international speeches as well.

Historical Text Archive - A collection of original and digitally reprinted material, as well as links to other history sites, arranged by geography/country and topic.

The History Net - World history, American history, and information on major wars.

The History Place - Developed for students and teachers, this site has historical information on many topics.

Newsmuseum - From the world's first interactive museum of news, keep up with events through front pages from throughout the U.S. and 47 countries and discover the history of the newspaper as you explore this virtual museum. The Newseum also celebrates the value of a unique American notion — the First Amendment.

Paris 3D Saga - Time-travel through more than 2,000 year history.  Free app for the iPad

PBS History - Features American history, world history, history on TV, biographies, and a page for teachers.

Primary Source Nexus - Materials incorporating primary sources based on Today in History.

Today in History - Archival film and photos as well as a different historical fact everyday from the History channel.

World History: HyperHistory Online - People, events, maps from 3000 years of world history.


World Cultures


Mix It Up - From the Southern Poverty Law Center - for grades 9 and up

World Wise Schools- A program of the Peace Corps to connect American classrooms with Peace Corps Volunteers around the world.

Indigenous People - United Nations Cyber School Bus.


American History

American Memory from the Library of Congress - The Historical Collections of the National Digital Library.

American Memory -- Library of Congress -- Today in History - Profiles a different historical event each day.

Discovering Lewis & Clark - Travel along with the Lewis & Clark Expedition and learn lessons for the 21st. Century.

DocsTeach - Find thousands of primary sources from the National Archives including documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in an ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.

Global Gateway - As an international effort to preserve world cultures and documents, The Library of Congress and many worldwide organizations have gathered together digital archives dealing with the colonization of America by various counties. As of now, Spain, Russia, and the Netherlands are represented.

Historic Jamestown- Investigate the first English settlement on North America, Jamestowne. Information for students up through high school.

History Matters - From the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Labor History Resources - A listing of books, both fiction and nonfiction about the labor movement in the U.S. as well as a listing of web resources about labor history, child labor, and the unions.

Library of Congress: America's Story - - Explore the Library of Congress and its contents.

Library of Congress Map Collections - - "The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form."  Explore Places in History and Places in the News.

The Making of America - From U of M, this is a digital collection of over 8,000 books and 50,000 articles dealing with American Social History from the 1850s through 1870s.

The National Archives - Digital Vaults - This is a curated collection of about 1,200 digital records from the over 10 billion records held in the National Archives.  Create a free account and then collect primary source documents and images and use them to create digital posters and videos within the available templates

Parallel Histories: Spain, The United States and the American Frontier - A bilingual, multi-format English-Spanish digital library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.  This is a cooperative effort between the Library of Congress, National Library of Spain, the Biblioteca Colombina y Capitular of Seville

Civil War

The American Civil War Homepage- Maps, photos, graphics, and essays about battles, campaigns, people and states before, during, and after the Civil War, compiled by Dr. George Hoemann of the University of Tennessee-Nashville.

Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet - Actual diaries, letters, and other first-person materials covering women during the Civil War. From Duke University Special Collections Librarian Ginny Daley.

Civil War Military Recsources from the National Archives



Anne Frank Homepage - Information on the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, her diaries, and images. 

Anti-Defamation League Homepage- Information on the ADL, as well as discussions of ongoing anti-Semitism and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

A Cybrary of the Holocaust - Images, resources, and interviews with Holocaust survivors.

DigiBaeck  Access the Leo Baeck Institute, a New York research library and archive devoted to documenting the history of German-speaking Jewry. It contains 3.5 million pages of material ranging from the personal papers and photographs of Albert Einstein and Moses Mendelssohn to letters, diaries, recipes and other ephemera chronicling the lives of everyday people. (effective Oct. 16, 2012)

Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI

Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive Voice/Vision oral history of survivors of the Holocaust - from the University of Michigan.

The Kindertransport Association - In the months between the Kristalnacht pocrom of November 9-10, 1938 and the start of WWII, 10,000 children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia were sent to safety in Great Britain.  This site tells their stories.

iWitness - Access over 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses from the USC Shoah Foundation.

The Righteous Among the Nations - Yad Vashem - This site includes over 100 stories of Righteous gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust including Irena Sendler, Oskar Schindler, Chiune Sugihara, and Raoul Wallenberg, with biographical articles, short video testimonies, documents, photos, and links to related information.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center Online- The history and future of discrimination and anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world, from the Simon Wiesenthal Center in California.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Information on the Holocaust, as well as links to other sites, from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.



CIA World Factbook- 2011 edition has printable politacal and physical maps for each country.

American Fact Finder - Data from the U.S. Census Bureau is displayed on various thematic maps.

American Memory Library of Congress Maps: 1544-1996 - Maps held by the Library of Congress - divided into categories such as discovery & exploration, military battles, transportation and communication.

Perry-Casteneda Map Collection - 5000 on-line maps of historic and current places. From the University of Texas

Earth from Space Site with NASA photos of the earth taken by astronauts in space.

National Geographic's Map Machine - Find many kinds of maps as well as country profiles.

Merriam-Webster's Atlas - Maps of U.S. states and foreign countries