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General Guides and Directories
- Internet History Sourcebooks Project
- Gateway to a treasure trove of primary documents and history texts in the public domain, covering ancient and medieval history, Byzantine studies and modern history, as well as specialized subjects including African, East Asian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, gay and lesbian, science and women's history. Edited by Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
- Best of History Websites
- A portal created for students, history educators, and general history enthusiasts. Here you'll find sites, rated for usefulness and accuracy, that will help you study or teach a wide variety of topics and periods in History, from prehistory through the twentieth century, with maps, lesson plans, research aids and more.
Archaeology and Ancient History
- Exploring Ancient World Cultures
- A fascinating resource, designed as an online course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. Provides essays, graphics, art, bibliographies and links to further resources for the study of the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Islam and medieval Europe.
- Springfield Library: Ancient Egypt
- A collection of reading lists and recommended websites compiled by Springfield librarians.
- The Roman Empire
- This extensive site contains information on Roman clothing, religion, marriage, education, funeral rites, slaves, education, battles, leaders, and much, much more. There are pages on the army, a timeline, interactive maps, pictures, a kids' section, and a site search engine.
- De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
- Excellent site with an index of the rulers of the Roman Empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453), biographical essays (still being added), lists of maps and famous battles, information about Roman coins, and links to other material.
- Biographical Dictionary
- Short biographies of more than 25,000 historical figures, searchable by name, date, achievement or other keywords.
- Longer biographical entries on more than 25,000 historical and contemporary personalities. A searchable database sponsored by the Arts and Entertainment Channel.
- Searchable directory to online biographies of more than 11,000 historical personalities. Available in English, French, Spanish and German.
- Distinguished Women of Past and Present
- Biographies of women of accomplishment from ancient times through today. No search function, but names are listed alphabetically and by field of activity, with chronological lists.
- POTUS (Presidents of the United States)
- Biographies of the American presidents, with links to other Internet sites for each entry. From the Internet Public Library.
- U.S. Army Center of Military History
- Medal of Honor citations awarded from 1861 to date, including full text of the original citations.
- HyperHistory Online
- An innovative use of the web, HyperHistory presents over 3000 years of world history with graphics, maps, lifelines and timelines. Accomplishments in science and technology, the arts and religion are highlighted, and links to other sources are included in many areas. The site requires a frames-capable browser.
- WebChron: The Web Chronology Project
- Extensive chronological timelines of world events, with specific timelines in such areas as American history, and regional and cross-cultural chronologies.
- Medieval Technology Pages
- Learn how the people in the Middle Ages farmed, fought, manufactured, and built. Individual essays on many technological aspects of medieval life are included, with references to further study and a timeline.
- Encyclopedia Mythica
- Concise articles on world mythology, folklore, and religion.
- Comprehensive directory of medieval resources from archaeology to research centers and archives.
- Current value of old money
- Overview, tools and online resources to determine "how much would a specified amount of money at a certain period of time be worth today?"
- Cybrary of the Holocaust
- An Internet library dedicated to remembering the victims of the Holocaust. Includes photographs, historical documents, interviews with survivors and other material, as well as sources to aid in searching for missing relatives. Also contains a teacher's guide, extensive Holocaust links (including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ) and a section on Holocaust denial.
- Springfield Library Holocaust Collection
- Information about the Holocaust Collection at the main library, funded by the Carman Family Charitable Foundation. Includes a list of major reference materials in print at the library, links to selected Internet resources and to local organizations for Holocaust study.
- History of Biomedicine
- Annotated links to online resources in the history of medicine and the healing arts, from indigenous cultures to traditional practices throughout the world, Western medicine and the history of diseases. From the Karolinska Institutet Library in Sweden.
- Encyclopedia Titanica
- Extensive site devoted to the Titanic disaster. Includes passenger and crew lists, victim and survivor lists, biographies, essays, photographs, message boards, and related links.
- American and British History Resources on the Internet
- Large directory of resources, including primary documents, maps, statistics, bibliographies and much more. From Rutgers University.
- Springfield Library: Black History Month
- Resources and reading lists compiled by the librarians at the Springfield Library to help research the African-American experience.
- Springfield Library: Hispanic Heritage Month
- Electronic resources, web links and reading lists selected by our librarians.
- History Matters: U.S. Survey Course on the Web
- A gateway to web resources and useful materials for teachers of United States history at the high school and college level. Primary sources, annotated web links, lesson plans, syllabi and citation guides and standards are included.
- American Memory from the Library of Congress
- Photographs and memories... Historical collections from the National Digital Library. At the forefront of this massive project, the Library of Congress has collected primary source and archival materials relating to American culture and history, including prints, photographs, early motion pictures and documents. Special selections include daguerrotypes from the Civil War, the African-American Odyssey, women's suffrage, the George Washington Papers, documents from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, and much, much more. Browse the collections and exhibits available or use the search engine.
- AFRO-American Almanac
- A site devoted to African-American history, including biographies, primary documents, historical events, folk tales, contemporary issues, links to other resources, and more.
- American Originals
- The National Archives and Records Administration has prepared an exhibit of documents and photos concerning America's past, gleaned from their massive holdings. In addition to viewing digitized photographs of the Declaration of Independence and other important American documents and primary source materials, you can see a copy of the casualty list from the assault on Fort Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-Black regiment in the Civil War.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
- A massive computerized database of names and records of participants in the U.S. Civil War. Intended eventually to include all soldiers and sailors enlisted in the Federal and Confederate forces, and information on cemeteries, monuments, national parks, medal of honor recipients, and prisoners-of-war, the database now includes a register of all Colored Troops and several other units on both sides of the conflict. Includes an exhibit on the Battle of Gettysburg and an online history of African-Americans in the Civil War. For a current report on the status of the database, read the System Overview . From the National Park Service and its partners.
- Digital History
- A survey of American history using new technologies, with online exhibits, reference sources, multimedia and more. From the University of Houston
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, commonly known as DANFS , is the foremost reference regarding US naval vessels. Published in nine volumes (from 1959 to 1991), it gives histories for virtually every US naval vessel. Currently the online collection includes over 7000 ship histories, and more are being added. These files are faithfully transcribed from DANFS, without updating or corrections. The site includes links to other sites for naval history. Note: the print version of DANFS is available in the Springfield Library Reference Department at the main library.
- Making of America (MOA)
- 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 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. From the University of Michigan and Cornell University with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age
- Portrays the early history of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. Among the topics it highlights are the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War. From the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.
- Now in beta, this site covers literature, US history, and poetry with study guides, research content, and links. An excellent starting place for student research. Additional tools provided for registered users.
Contemporary History and Current Events
- Library of Congress Country Studies/Area Handbook Program
- In-depth studies of over 100 countries prepared by the Federal Research Division. The studies include history (ancient and modern), geography, society, economy, government, and demographics. Although with fewer entries, more detailed than the CIA World Factbook .
- WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
- Over 2000 annotated links in a range of international affairs topics. Sites are carefully selected for long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, high-quality information and analysis online. Many are gateway sites or have internal search engines.
- Portals to the World (Library of Congress)
- Contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria.
- E-Conflict World Encyclopedia
- Country facts and demographics, maps, flags, anthems, and more, including links to current news and weather, and sections on the people, economy, defense, government, and history.
- Middle East Information Network
- Breaking news concerning the countries of the Middle East with links for country information, education, religion, business, travel and news services. Includes a library of documents about the region and online essays on current events by members of the Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Boston, MA.