Social Studies

National Archives

Holds the records of the United States Federal government. On-line access to art works, census data, U.S. legal manuscripts, the Federal Register and much more.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.

Milestones in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations

From the Department of State, Office of the Historian, an official U.S. government site providing information on foreign relations and historical documents.

U.S. Constitution

From Thomas Reuters FindLaw. 


A collection of government resources including presidential documents and cornerstone documents like the Bill of Rights and Emancipation Proclamation. 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Located at the National Mall, the museum serves as a "living memorial" to the Holocaust.  The site also has a searchable collection and sources of reference.

National Museum of African American History & Culture

The National Museum of African is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture.


European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

​​​​​​​Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. 

World War I Document Archive

Primary documents from WWI, international in focus.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project​​​​​​​

Modern, Medieval, and Ancient History primary sources.

Best of History Web Sites

An award-winning portal created for students, history educators, and general history enthusiasts. Sites are rated (one to five stars) for accuracy and usefulness.

The World Digital Library

Significant primary materials throughout history from countries and cultures worldwide.

CIA World Factbook​​​​​​​

Statistical and textual snapshots of countries around the world.

Constitution Project

This database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted online.

Digital Public Library of America

Far more than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner.

The History Makers

A national 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institution committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. 

E.H.Net:  How Much is That?

Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is the place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today.


The 56 years of Harper’s Weekly provide a continuous record of what happened on a weekly basis from 1857 through 1912. The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912.

Encyclopedia Mythica

Entries offer short descriptions of gods and mythological characters. 

History Matters

Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.

Vietnam Virtual Archive

The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.

World Bank Data

World Bank Open Data. Free and open access to global development data.

Atlas of Economic Complexity

A Research and data visualization tool used to explore global trade dynamics over time and discover new growth opportunities for every country worldwide