Online Resources



The National Archives 

A helpful guide to researching primary sources

American Memory Collection 
The Library of Congress’s digitized collection of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience

American Library Association: Using Primary Sources on the Web
A guide to finding and using primary sources on the Web

Smithsonian Museums Research Center

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Collection
A collection of primary documents and exhibits, with special focus on the Revolutionary, Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods
A collection of primary source documents pertaining to early American history

100 Milestone Documents
A collection of 100 documents that chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965

Repository of Primary Sources
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources from the United States and around the world, compiled by the University of Idaho

DMarie Time Capsule 
Database of events in history between 1800 and 2002

A cooperative of 1,400 libraries, QuestionPoint is an around the clock reference service where librarians answer questions in real time

Government Information Online
Government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies at all levels answer questions on almost any subject from aardvarks to zygomycosis

Library of Congress
Virtual librarians at the Library of Congress answer questions about their special collections such as the American Memory Historical Collection as well as topics ranging from local history and genealogy to science and technology.

A partnership between the Internet Public Library and the Librarians’ Internet Index, ipl2 volunteers answer questions within three days.


Historical Sites and Societies

Researching a Historic Property
National Park Services guide to researching architecture and historic sites

National Register of Historic Places
Database of historical sites created by the National Park Service

Directory of Historical and Genealogical Societies in the United States

Center for History and New Media

California Historical Society

Oregon Historical Society

Chicago Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society


Oral History

Resources for Teaching Oral History
Books and websites to assist you in teaching and equipping your students to become involved in oral history


Digital Storytelling

Historical reenactments via Twitter, with classroom lesson plan guides

Tools for creating digital multimedia timelines

Generate word clouds from text

A multimedia scrapbook tool that provides templates and allows users to save, share, and print work

Shape Collage
Allows users to create picture collages in different shapes

Visual CV
Create online resumes which can include links to video, audio, PDFs, etc


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