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Web Resources for History Learning

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History and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks and National Standards

History Teaching Resources from Robert Maloy


Digital Textbooks (See special page: Listing of Digital Textbooks

Dunhuang Library, Mogao Caves, China
Dunhuang Library, Mogao Caves, China

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  • Timelines: Sources from History from the British Library lets you explore the centuries from medieval times to the present day
  • myHistro focuses on the geographical visualization of the events thanks to Google maps. It has the classic temporal sequence too.
  • Timeline Creator download this program and create great timelines.
  • HyperHistory Online presents 3,000 years of world history using interactive maps, timelines, lifelines and other resources.
  • Timelines.tv is a video-rich resource for exploring different time periods in world and American history.
  • The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is "a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum's collection."
  • timeglider creates interactive timelines. Add videos, audio, and photos to events. Create multiple timelines to overlap and see trends throughout history.
  • Timetoast is another interactive timeline maker. Add photos to events.
  • Dipity also creates interactive timelines. Allows you to share the timeline with others to allow comment and collaboration.

Multicultural History

The Struggle for Justice, National Portrait Gallery

For the Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Historical Biography

Influential Literature


Ancient Library at Alexandria
Ancient Library at Alexandria

Multimedia and Interactive Web-based Learning Resources

  • H-BOT Historical Fact Finder from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
  • A Biography of America, the companion website to the video series and telecourse from Annenberg Learner.
  • History by Era from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History features essays by prominent historians about 10 chronological time periods from 1620 to the present, along with primary documents, timelines, key terms, and interactive resources.
  • Atlas of World History with interactive maps and historical information from pre-history to the year 1000.
  • Glossary of Historical Terms from Humanities Web provides definitions and information for hundreds of words and people.
  • Wordle, a cloud tag generator that displays key words from any written text.
  • Smarthistory, an interactive Art History book with a multimedia timeline.
  • Immigration Explorer is a website from the New York Times that shows immigration patterns throughout American history.
  • Teaching with Textbooks presents strategies for using textbooks to promote critical thinking and historical analysis by students.
  • Mapping History from the University of Oregon features interactive and animated representations of historical problems and events.
  • BouncyMaps provides interactive U. S. and world maps that change their size to represent the data for a subject.
  • Google Art Project allows visitors to "Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels."
  • The Object of History is a virtual exhibit of artifacts from American history, made by Smithsonian.
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects is an exploration of important objects from the British Museum.
  • Rulers, an interactive map that identifies the heads of state for every country in the world since 1700.
  • Stop Disasters presents online simulations of the steps needed to prevent natural events from overwhelming human societies.
  • Internet Detective provides an introduction to Internet research for students.
  • GeoGames provides interactive geography lessons from Reach the World with the support of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.
  • Critical Past offers archival stock footage by decade from the 1890s to the 1990s.
  • Newspapermap presents English language translations of newspapers from all over the world.
  • Newseum displays the front pages of some 800 newspapers worldwide.
  • The Public Domain Review presents materials that are freely available to teachers and students.
  • The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults offers 1200 digital records from American history and society.
  • Humanline is visual library of civilization's history with royalty-free images for teachers and students.
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War from the Smithsonian has interactive exhibits for all major military conflicts in the nation's history.
  • The Walters Art Museum holds a collection that presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. It contains a large network of free-to-use pictures and files available at Wikimedia Commons.
  • Google World Wonders Project uses street view technology to make world heritage sites available to teachers and students.
  • Have Fun with History offers videos and activities for study of U. S. history and politics.
  • The Century, America's Time, a visual encyclopedia of the 20th century from ABC News.
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates from PBS.
  • Ken Burns' American Lives on iTunes available for purchase, featuring Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain, Horatio's Drive and Jack Johnson.
  • whatwasthere lets users download old photographs to modern-day locations to compare past and present.
  • Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle has free documentary films from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • OpenSecrets.org from Center for Responsive Politics

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American Presidency



The House of Wisdom, Baghdad
The House of Wisdom, Baghdad

Primary Sources

Library of Congress
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American History Sources

Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali
Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali

World History Sources

View a multimedia presentation about using primary sources in historical inquiry from Virginia Tech University.

Documents That Changed the World Podcasts, Joseph Janes, University of Washington

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external image Red_apple.jpg History Learning Resources and Plans

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt



Real Gabinete Português de Leitura - Rio de Janeiro

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura - Rio de Janeiro


 Women's History Resources


external image 200px-Dollar_Sign.svg.pngEconomics Resources


Geography Resources


Al Qarawiyyin Library, Morocco, oldest library in the world





 iPad and Tablet Computer Apps

Web-based Simulations and Serious Games for Learning

For reviews of games, see the website, Playing History

Games That Teach History features reviews from Common Sense Media

History Games and Animations from EdTechTeacher

Online Interactive Simulations from Social Studies Central

See teacher Jeremiah McCall's blog for background on using simulation games in history classrooms

For more resources, see the site Teaching History with Technology from EdTechTeacher.

Results of a Comparison Group Study of American History and Civics Initiative's Mission US

Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, Italy
Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, Italy



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Learning Resources


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