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History on the Web

Leaders of Alliance in WWII

by Dr. Brian Coutts

General Sites || Professional Sites || Regional Sites || Web Sites By Period || Tutorial Sites || Major Digital Projects || United States History

General Sites

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History
The most important gateway to history resources on the Internet. This site was maintained by the University of Kansas as part of the WWW Virtual Library until May of 2004. It is now maintained at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The site arranges 3000 links alphabetically by subject and name.

History On-Line
Established by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London in 1993, this site provides access to valuable links for UK, European and World History. Included are full-text seminars on a variety of historical topics, a database of 30,000 records including books in print by academic history publishers in the UK, journals and articles and 90% of history theses completed in the UK in the twentieth century.

Historical Text Archive
Originally housed at Mississippi State University this was the first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site for historians established in 1990 by Don Mabry, a Professor of History. Arranged by region, topic or resource. Led to the creation of the Virtual Library. Winner of numerous awards for content.

Best of History Web Sites
Founded in 2001 by Tom Daccord, a history teacher, it's now maintained by Justin Reich, a doctoral candidate at Harvard. Links to 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality and accuracy.

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Professional Sites

History Departments Around the World
A detailed list of history departments both national and international maintained by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

American Historical Association
Provides general information about the activities, programs and publications of the AHA.

Organization of American Historians
The official home page of the OAH with information on programs, activities, professional opportunities and resources.

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Regional Sites

African Studies WWW (U. Penn)
Important website on African Studies maintained by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
This is the most important Asian Studies site on the WWW maintained by Dr. T. Matthew Ciolek at the Australian National University. Searches can be done by region or country.

Latin American Network Information Center
The LANIC Home page is an important point of departure for those seeking information about Latin America. Its directory covers 30 countries and 45 subjects with links to 5,000 information resources.

REESWeb (Russian and East European History, Geography and Sociology)
Also part of the WWW Virtual Library, REESWeb is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Websites By Period

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Coverage includes ancient Near East, ancient India, ancient Egypt, ancient China, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, early Islam, and medieval Europe. Includes and anthology, chronology, essays, maps, quizzes and links.

Labyrinth Home Page
This is the principal site for Medieval Studies sponsored by Georgetown University. Subject Menus include National Cultures, International Culture and Special Topics.

U. S. Civil War Center-Index of Civil War Information available on the Internet
One of the most important sites focusing on the U. S. Civil War maintained at Louisiana State University with 2,400 links.

The American Civil War Home Page
The other major civil war site maintained by George Hoemann and Mary Myers at the University of Tennessee. Massive number of links.

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Tutorial Sites

The Book Review Tutor
Developed by the Department of History, The University of Calgary, this site is designed to teach you how to write a historical book review and help you understand how historians think about historical problems.

Department of History Essay Guide
Provides students with basic knowledge necessary to plan and write history essays.

Style Manuals
Links to major style guides at WKU and the Bowdoin College Library.

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Major Digital Projects

General (covering all periods of history)

Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
This massive project includes digitized documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. For ease of use they are organized into Pre 18th Century and then by century from the 18th to the present. Recent additions range from the Dayton Peace Accords to Inter-American Agreements to Medieval Documents to Palestine: 1916-1998.

NYPL Digital Library Collections
The New York Public Library has many digital projects under way. These include collections on African American Women Writers, Views of Manhattan, The Romanovs & The Louis Armstrong Oral History Project among many others.


Perseus Project
The Perseus digital library provides a variety of resources on the ancient world from primary texts to site plans.

Twentieth Century
Cold War International History Project
The CWIHP Document Library at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars includes a major collections of original documents including secret Russian and Chinese internal memorandum. The entire collection is searchable by keyword.

World War II Resources
Another ongoing project at the University of North Carolina. The goal is to provide original documents on all aspects of the war.

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United States History

General (all periods & regions)

American Memory Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
With 43 collections and over 1 million items online this is the largest project underway in the world. You can click on collection finder to select a collection or group of collections and search for items across collections. Ongoing projects range from African American pamphlets to Early California to Civil War photographs to Votes for Women.

Making of America
MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles from the University of Michigan and 114 books and 24 journals form Cornell University. Major collections already available include the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (Series I, (Vol. I) is scanned and Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Series I, (Vol. 1) is available for online viewing. The complete collection of books/articles is searchable by keyword.

Civil War

The Valley of the Shadow Two Communities in the American Civil War
A project of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia. It examines a hypermedia archive of sources for two communities, one Northern (Franklin County, Pennsylvania) and one Southern (Augusta County, Virginia).

Regional: The South

Documenting the American South Beginnings to 1920
The DAS project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries is a full-text database of primary resources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th Century. The three major projects underway include: slave narratives, first-person narratives, and Southern literature. A fourth based on Confederate imprints is forthcoming.

Regional: California

California Heritage Collection
This is an online archive of over 28,000 images illustrating California's history and culture from the collections of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. The CHC is part of the Online Archive of California, a compilation of finding aids to archival collections in more than 30 institutions.

Dr. Brian E. Coutts
Spring 2013

Maintained by Ryan Christopher Dowell

The image of Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt at Yalta is from "Images of History," and is believed to be in the public domain.

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Copyright 2013 Brian E. Coutts

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