Social Studies Links

History General Sites

Using Primary Sources on the Web: from RUSA (Reference & User Services of ALA), this site describes, offers links to, discusses how to evaluate and shows how to  cite Primary Sources.

History Matters: Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.

History Animated: Animated maps of the American Civil War, the American Revolutionary War, World War II, Europe and The War in the Pacific.

History World: Histories, Timelines and more.

National Archives: The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government including the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights; as well as slave ship manifests and the Emancipation Proclamation; captured German records and the Japanese surrender documents from World War II; journals of polar expeditions and photographs of Dust Bowl farmers; Indian treaties making transitory promises; and a richly bound document bearing the bold signature “Bonaparte”—the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that doubled the territory of the young republic.

DocsTeach at the National Archives: Thousands of primary source documents to bring the past to life as classroom teaching tools from the billions preserved at the National Archives. Use the search field to find written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video in an ever-expanding collection that spans the course of American history.

Library of Congress American Memory Project: Primary documents from American history. A little hard to search, but a great place for primary sources including photographs, letters, telegraphs and more.

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Historical documents from ancient to the present.

EuroDocs: Online sources for European History. Search or browse by country or time period.

Making of America: Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

Ancient Civilizations

PBS The Greeks: This website provides lesson plans based on the PBS program “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.”
The British Museum Ancient Greece: The British hosts a comprehensive exhibit on Ancient Greece.
Ancient Civilizations Online: Online version of a textbook.
Ancient History Encyclopedia: Covers many ancient history topics.
National Geographic Ancient World News: Highlights current new concerning discoveries about the ancient world. Connect current events with ancient history.

Innovators and Inventions

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation: From the Smithsonian, good resources on innovators and inventers.

National Inventors Hall of Fame: Search or browse by inventor, invention or date.


Political Cartoon Index

Political Cartoons: