World History HOME - Subjects

African Studies Resources: "The Columbia University Libraries maintain an up-to-date, annotated guide for Internet resources on Africa, a contribution to the World Wide Web Virtual Library."


Ancient History Sourcebook: The Internet History Sourcebook Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts in World History. Use the links in each table of contents to find specific information about a person or time period.


Archive of Texts and Documents: "A creation of faculty and students in the History Department of Hanover College. The principal goal of the Archive is to make primary texts and secondary sources on the Internet available to students and faculty for use in history and humanities classes."


Avalon Project: A major collection of full-text digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Online documents are available from late B.C. to the 21st century. This digital project is sponsored by Yale University.


Biographical Dictionary: Contains information on 19,000 notable people from ancient times to the present day. The Dictionary is searchable by names, keywords, and dates.


Biography Search Engine: Arts and Entertainment current biography search.


Country Studies: This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy.


English Server:This Database Server offers nearly 50 topical websites plus Online Book Collections available in full-text and free-of-charge. Collection topics range from Literature and History, to Science and Technology. Hosted at the Iowa State University.


Exploring Ancient World Cultures: This has been designed to cover ancient and medieval history. The quality of research is controlled by a system of hyperlinked indexes which are managed by qualified professionals who serve as the Associate Editors of the project. The same procedures that govern quality also serve to limit the scope of research to the ancient world, hosted by the University of Evansville.


Historical Information Resources: Over 170 annotated links in alphabetical order covering all time periods and topics including the history of money, Richard Nixon, World War II, and the Berlin Wall.


Historical Text Archive: "The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects."


History Net: Covers World and American history as well as events such as World War II and famous battles in history.


History Sourcebooks Project: A comprehensive site containing thousands of public domain and copy-permitted historical documents in full-text from Ancient to Modern History, including indexes to each historical subsection. Editor, Paul Halsall, has used primary source material to develop twelve Sourcebooks as part of an ongoing history project with the intent to serve teachers and students. This book project is sponsored by Fordham University.


Holocaust Memorial Museum: "A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide. A public-private partnership, federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by donors nationwide."


HyperHistory: This site is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. Over 3,000 files are interconnected throughout the site. In addition, HyperHistory provides several hundred links to history resources. Authored and maintained by Andreas Nothiger as a companion site to his World History Chart.


Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."


Internet Archive: Text Archive: "The Open-Access Text Archive, offers permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format, includes texts, audio, moving images, and software." This archive serves as an index to sub-collections on the internet available in e-format: American, Canadian, and Children's libraries, and selected research institutions.


Jensen's Web Guides: Professor of history emeritus, University of Illinois, Richard Jensen's guides to history sites.


Jewish History Resource Center: "This is a ongoing history research project sponsored by the Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Use the Resource Index to locate over 5000 links to websites in 25 categories dealing with Jewish History that have been selected by a team of scholars at the Hebrew University."


Latin American Network Information Center: Resource on everything having to do with Latin America.


Middle East & Islamic Studies: Cornell University Library Collection: Scholarly subject guide to history resources on the Middle-East from ancient to modern times. Other online resources are available in Middle-Eastern Literature with special coverage on Arabic, Persian, and Turkish cultures.


Paper of Record: "This site has made freely available searchable newspaper image documents presented in their original published form."


Perseus Digital Library-Tufts University: "An evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language. Our primary goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible. We anticipate that greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through the connection of ideas."


Primary Source Documents: "Primary source documents pertaining to early American history. This is a massive collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America." The literature links go to historical works having the most significant influence upon the American Colonists.



Scholarpedia: "The Scholarpedia is a free peer reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world. Each article is written by an expert (invited or elected by the public). Each article is anonymously peer reviewed to ensure accurate and reliable information. Each article has a curator - typically its author -- who is responsible for its content. Any modification of the article needs to be approved by the curator before it appears in the final, approved version."


Scholar's Guide to WWW: A metasite of history links and related subjects organized by Richard Jensen, Professor Emeritus of History at University of Illinois-Chicago.


World Digital Library Project: The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials which include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from countries and cultures around the world. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. The WDL was developed by a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, with contributions by partner institutions in many countries; the support of United Nations Education.


World History Compass: "Provides categorized links to hundreds of history sites on the Web. For students, teachers and historians."


World Wide Web Virtual Library History Index: "This is a catalogue for indexes to Historical materials on-line. Concentrates on creating a facility useful for pursuing historical research on-line."

Council of State Archivists: "Working collectively through their membership in CoSA, the State Archivists encourage cooperation among the states on matters of mutual interest, define and communicate archival and records concerns at a national level, and work with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives (NARA), and other national organizations to ensure that the nation's documentary heritage is preserved and accessible."


Digital History: The Center for History and New Media has provided a free online version of "Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving and Presenting the Past on the Web", "a thorough introduction to the web for historians, teachers, students, archivists and museum curators who wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium."


Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild: A group of volunteers dedicated to making our ancestors' immigration records easy and convenient to find has developed this site to make ships' passenger lists available online, at no cost to the researcher. They have transcribed more than 5,000 ships' passenger lists, citing over 1/2 million passenger arrivals.


Jewish Virtual Library: Use this site for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism. Designed and maintained by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.


Primary Sources: Use this site, prepared by the UC Berkeley Library staff, to learn what Primary Sources are and where to locate them whether they are in a library or on the Web.


Primary Sources on the Web: "Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before. The traditional use of sources available in print and microfilm continues to be the foundation for research, but in some cases documents, letters, maps, photographs of ancient artifacts and other primary material are available online in different formats from free websites or subscription services on the Internet. Users of primary sources have always needed to examine their sources critically, but now with the proliferation of electronic resources from a wide variety of Web site producers, evaluation is more important than ever before. This guide is written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association."


Repositories of Primary Sources: This is a listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.


Smithsonian Encyclopedia: The Smithsonian Institute has developed an A-Z encyclopedia that includes information in the following general categories: Art; Design; History; Culture; Science; and Technology. Search over 2 million records, with 210,500 images, video and sound files from dozens of Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: A very excellent website to view a wide range of information on the remembrance of the Holocaust including The Holocaust Encyclopedia.