The following is a collection of links to a variety of sites that would
be useful for students and teachers in the various Social Studies disciplines.
and Search Engines
Law and the Constitution
Literature - American
News Analysis Sources
Directories & Search Engines
- Academic Info -
- browse by subjects, or search by keywords, of digital collections
offering unique online content, including annotated subject directories.
- best engine for needle-in-the-haystack, unique word or phrase search.
Very good for academic subjects
- a powerful search engine that does not take link popularity into consideration as much as others; searches based on context of text and provides a clean, uncluttered, but very useful, results page (Kathy Schrock Sites of the School Days)
All results, no mess.
- a very fast and efficient meta-search engine that queries search
engines, directories, Usenet news and FTP sites
- a fast search engine that caches many sites it indexes to speed
- a search engine with extensive coverage; refine your search carefully
- Internet Public Library
- a public service organization and learning/teaching environment
at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Schrock's Guide for Educators - Internet Information
- this site contains information about how to use search engines and
how to teach their use
Index to the Internet
- a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 9,000 Internet
resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness
to users of public libraries
- a large, general purpose search directory
- The Mother of All Search Engines
- a meta-search engine that bills itself as "the mother of all
- search through over 200,000 WWW sites
- What You Need to Know
- screened and trained volunteers create general-interest subject
- WWW Virtual Library
- worldwide volunteers maintain oldest academic subject-organized
catalog of links to full-text, databases, and gateways.
- an engine that allows you to search Yahoo's directory site and/or
the Web; has advanced searching option
My students learn very quickly that my favorite expression is "Maps
are our friends." Here are some wonderful sites containing a
wide variety of geographic information, including some great historical
maps. There is also some wonderful information on countries of the
world. Specific geographic sites are also listed in the unit resources
for my classes.
- Arch Atlas
- AskAsia: A K-12 Resource of the
- Wonderful source for information on Asian countries.
- Best of History Web Sites: Maps
NetSurfing: Maps and References
- An extensive collection of links concerning maps, produced by University
of Iowa, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.
- CIA World
- Get current information on every country and territory on earth.
Contains information on geography, government, economy, communications,
transportation, military and the people. Also contains very current
- Country Reports, for Countries
Around the World
- World atlas with a variety of information on counties.
- Country Studies:
Area Handbook Series
- Library of Congress site in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
- Fascinating collection of historical maps and links to other sites.
- David Rumsey Historical Map
- The Historical Map Collection contains to date over 8,000 maps online
and focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America
cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe,
Asia and Africa are also represented. The collection categories include
old and antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state,
county, city, pocket, wall, children and manuscript maps. Genealogy
and family history can be studied on the maps.
History : Maps
- Wonderful collection of historical maps from 1482 to the present.
- Find Latitude and Longitude
- Fuller Projection Map
- Site states that this is the most accurate flat map of the earth.
- Geography and Map Reading
- Explore the wealth of information at the Library of Congress
- Geography World
- A wonderful collection of maps including historical and a wide variety
showing the effects that mankind has had on the planet
- Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
- Historical Maps From the James Ford Bell Library
- The History Department at the United States Military Academy - Atlases
- Fun collection of map quizzes.
- Illustrated Glossary of Geographic Terms
- Images of Early
Maps on the Web
- Access to a very extensive collection of links to a variety of maps.
- The JASON Project is a multidisciplinary program that sparks the
imagination of students and enhances the classroom experience. From
oceans to rain forests, from polar regions to volcanoes, the JASON
Project explores Planet Earth and exposes students to leading scientists
who work with them to examine its biological and geological development.
- Jennifer's Language
- If you want to say one of many common phrases in the language of
the country you are learning about, this is the place
- Lonely Planet Online
- This is an interesting travel site that focuses on the unusual and
- Map Collections
- Access the map collections at the Library of Congress. Includes
Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Cultural
Landscapes, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication,
as well as General Maps
- Map Machine
- National Geographic online atlas.
- Very nice tutorial on the various projections.
- Sponsored by the US Geographic Service.
- Mapping History Project
- Contains natural resources maps as well as a wonderful collection
of historical maps. Some of the historical maps require shockwave
to see the changes over a span of time. The site also includes a collection
of cultural images.
the National Parks
- The Mapping the National Parks collection at the Library of Congress
documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations
of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists
of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present,
reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become four National
Parks, as well as the parks themselves.
- Wonderful website that provides a numerous amount of links that contain colorful and detailed maps.
- Maps of China and Asia
- Maps at History.com
- Maps of War
- Amazing collection of animated maps that show the changes in an area over time.
- My Wonderful World — Give Kids the Power of Global Knowledge
- National Atlas.gov
- Contains links to their magazines as well as the MapMachine which
will create a variety of maps including historical maps.
- Nation by Nation
- Site features an alphabetical listing of countries which allows
one to access such information as government, human rights, geography
and history for each country.
- National Geographic — Geography Action
- Online Map Creation
- Submit a request for a specific type of map and one will be generated using GMT (Generic Mapping Tools) that can be downloaded.
- Outline Maps
- A nice collection of outline maps provided by Houghton Mifflin suitable
for classroom use.
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
to the World from the Library of Congress
- World atlas that incorporates the information contained in the Library
of Congress collections.
of Baltimore II Home Page
- The Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 to serve as the
Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Maryland and the Port of Baltimore.
It was built in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as a replica of an 1812-era
Baltimore Clipper. The site contains history of the Baltimore Clippers
as well as information about the Pride's voyages.
- UN CyberSchoolBus
- Contains information on all United Nations member countries
- United States
Digital Map Library
- A US GenWeb Project that contains some wonderful historic maps of
Indains lands ceded to the US.
- Contains some interesting lessons and information including topics
such as Exploring Maps, Global Change, Land and People and What Do
Library Online - Perry-Castañeda
- The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is a general collection
of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. Also contains
a wonderful collection of historical maps
- Virtualsources.com - Country
information and resources
- Contains informative articles, annotated bibliographies, maps, photos,
products and services from around the world.
- World Atlas and Wold Maps
- Extensive collection hosted by About Geography.
- World Maps - Geography Online Games
- Strengthen your geography skills and have fun at the same time!
- Worldmapper: The World As You Have Never Seen It Before
- Collection of maps that feature countires resized to reflect their size in relation to the category. In addition to the more standard demographic categories, there are interesting ones such as the amount of meat eaten.
- This site contains the Xpeditions hall, an interactive museum
that takes you on geography journeys. Here youll climb a mountain,
hover over the Earth, speed across Europe, visit an archeological
dig, and even order sushiplus games, animations, and more! In
the activities section, you retrace the steps of Marco Polo and discover
what you can learn from the cultures you encounter along the way and
what you might take home to share with your friends and family
Law and the Constitution
- This group contains some great sites on Legislation, the Supreme
Court, and Constitutional issues. Some of the issues related-sites
are very eye-opening, and are, therefore, of particular interest to
many students who have not always thought out how Civil Liberties
issues might affect them
Division for Public Education
- This site contains information on practical law, Supreme Court preview,
how courts work, and Law Day. It is designed to help the lay person
understand why law is important
- America.gov — Created by U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Program. Contain interesting articles
designed to explain US systems to a foreign audience.
- Books — Books can be viewed as PDF files or as html pages. Books titles are organized by American Life, Economy, Global Challenges, International Relations.
- eJournal USA — Monthly journal focused on individual themes. Issues are organized by American Life, Economy, Global Challenges, International Relations.
Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Government
- A wonderful site for a wide variety of documents relating to the
American system. The collection includes the famous, the infamous,
and the little known
- Special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship
or censorship attempts. The books featured here range from Ulysses
to Little Red Riding Hood
- Bill of
- The Institute's mission is to educate high school students about
the Bill of Rights through classroom material and programs that teach:
what the Bill of Rights protects, both explicitly and implicitly;
how the Bill of Rights affects our daily lives; and and how the Bill
of Rights shapes our society.
- Bill of Rights Institute — Graphic Site
- There are some fun games under Stuff to Do; also look in the archives.
Constitution For The United States, Its Sources and Its Applications
- Text of the Constitution is presented one phrase at a time, immediately
followed by the history and reasons for the inclusion of that particular
phrase in the Constitution, with reference links to other pertinent
data contained elsewhere in the text; originally published in 1922.
- Constitutional Rights Foundation
- This site contains a variety of on-line programs and lessons to
help teens become active and responsible participants in our society.
A new lesson concerns American response to terrorism
- Core Documents
of U.S. Democracy
- Provides a long list of key documents in the history of American
government, and categorizes them for easy searches.
- Democracy in America
- Companion website for the video course created by Annenberg Media
- Economics Research Guide
- Extensive listing from Iowa State University
- Federal Judicial Center
- FJC is the education and research agency for the federal courts.
This site contains the results of the Center's research on federal
court operations and procedures and court history.
- Find Law
- This site is designed for legal professionals. The site has sections
that deal with the Supreme Court and federal and state laws as well
as other topics of interest to the legal community.
- The Founders'
- An Internet version of the 1986 anthology by Philip B. Kurland and
Ralph Lerner. It is a collection of thoughts, opinions, and arguments
of the Founders.
- Full Test of Supreme Court Cases
- History and Politics Out Loud
- A great searchable archive that provides historically significant
- How Much is That?
- Impeachment and
Censure Materials Online
- Links to information of a general nature and also specific to the
- Justice Learning
The Home Page of Legal Education
- Information about studying and teaching law.
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of
resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme
Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case.
in Popular Culture Collection
- The goal of this collection is to provide as broad a picture as
possible of the image of the lawyer in the United States and British
Commonwealth using our popular culture.
- Legal Resources
- The NCC was established by Congress through the Constitution Heritage
Act of 1988, as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
to increase awareness and understanding of the US Constitution, the
Constitution's history, and the Constitution's relevance to our daily
lives so that all of us -- "We the People" -- will better
understand and exercise our rights and our responsibilities.
- Multimedia database including Supreme Court cases, Court Justices,
a virtual tour of the Supreme Court, case lists from the current docket,
and an interactive game called Oyez baseball.
- The Supreme Court
- Contains information on the history of The Court as well as its
workings. Also contains wealth of resource information on the justices,
opinions and even the architecture.
- Supreme Court of the United
- The official site for the Supreme Court.
- The Library of Congress has developed this database to access legislative
information including summary and full text of legislation, committee
information and the Congressional Record.
- Touro Law Center: Project PATCH
- Fully searchable database of the US Code provided by Legal Information
Institute at Cornell University.
- Provides an incredible number of US historical documents. Contains
docimentation such as charters, acts, treaties and many others from
pr-colonial times to the present.
Supreme Court and Legal Information Institute
- Cornell University's site for current information on the Supreme
Court including current decisions.
Supreme Court Decisions 1937-1975
- This system contains the full text of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
from 1937 to 1975. Decisions are available as ASCII text files that
can be read on your browser's screen or saved to your hard drive and
accessed by using most word processor programs.
Supreme Court Collection: Historic decisions
- Cornell University's collection of 631 historic Supreme Court decisions.
- Collection of up to date case summaries and law updates for the
US Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Literature -- American
This section is primarily for the use of my APUS History class. Cultural
history is an important component of the APUS curriculum, and these
sites contain a wealth of information about American novels, poetry,
songs, and plays.
Dee's Poetry Anthology
- A great collection of poetry, listed alphabetically by author. Also
includes audio clips of some of the sites.
Allan Poe's House of Usher
- Interesting site created by a Poe fan; perhaps a bit macabre
- Emily Dickinson
- Contains links to other sites on Emily Dickinson
of USA History: Writers
- British site that contains basic information on a wide variety of
- F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary
- Sponsored by the University of South Carolina. Contains biographical
and literary information.
David Thoreau (1817-1862): A Guide to Resources
- Hosted by Transcendentalists on the Web
- Provides an extensive collection of Longfellow's poetry. All is
listed alphabetically and the site also includes a biography.
- History Now - Books That Changed History
- The whole issue is on books that changed history, including The Scarlet Letter, The Jungle, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby. Includes an interactive slideshow on Harriet Beecher Stowe.
- H. L. Mencken
- A wealth of information on a Baltimore treasure.
of Edgar Allen Poe
- Interesting annotated essay.
@ The University of Virginia
- Contains a wonderful collection of American writing in full text
- Very nice site on Native American literature of various time periods.
The table version seems to work the best.
Jack London Collection
- This site includes a brief biography of London and discussion of
his works. It also has a lengthy list of Lack London links, good for
- Contains links to various websites with lyrics and information about
or related to lyrics. Many different styles of music are included.
- Mark Twain in His Times
- Informative page produced by a professor at UVA who also teaches a course on Twain. This page is designed for interested readers who may not be scholars.
- Page by Page Books
- A collection of hundreds of classics in the public domain.
Gutenberg Home Page
- The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books and
other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority
of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote,
and search. Contains an incredibly growing collection of public domain
- Searchable database of over 20,000 quotations.
Waldo Emerson - Guide to Resources on Transcendentalism and Emerson
- A collection of links to many good biographies, Emerson's essays,
analysis of the essays, quotes, and other works.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson - Henry David Thoreau - Others - Dial Magazine
- Nice site containing full text and many good links.
- The Willa Cather Electronic
- Broad variety of material documenting and contextualizing the work
of Willa Cather.
Faulkner on the Web
- An extensive site including novels, short stories, poetry, essays,
speeches and letters as well as biographies, chronoloy, facts and
- Wright American
I am a museum lover. I can think of nothing better than spending time
surrounded by the objects of history and art. But sometimes this is
not feasible, and that is when these sites are a wonderful alternative.
Museums that are in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area are marked with
- American Museum of Natural History
- Not to be confused with the National Museum of Natural History, this one is in New York City
- The American Museum of Photography
- American Textile
- Located in Lowell MA
- American Visionary Art Museum
- Anacostia Museum and Center for
African American History and Culture
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Contains historical information about one of our nation's most sacred
- Artcyclopedia: The Fine
Art Search Engine
- Contains links to art museums world wide as well as a variety of
art movemnets. Also contains a search feature allowing a seach by
artist name or by title of artwork.
- Access the wonderful images in this impressive collection of links.
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Baltimore Maritime Museum
- Baltimore Museum of Industry
- Balimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
- Baltimore Public Works Museum
- The B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City, Maryland
- The British Library
- A wonderful collection; Collections portion is somewhat intimidating. The most helpful area is the Online Gallery. Once there, explore Turning the Pages, Features, Highlights Tour, Showcases and What's On.
- The British Museum
- Canadian Museum of Civilization and Canadian War Museum
- Tour the art of the Sistine Chapel
- CNN.com - Special Reports - Cultural Living
- Computer History Museum
- Details the history of the computer and how it was invented.
- Cycles: African Life Through Art
- Won the Museums and the Web 2005 award for Best On-Line Exhibition
Archive of Art
- Contains images of American and European architecture; 18th 19th
and 20th century paintings; and Ancient Greek, Italian Renaissance,
Northern Renaissance, and 19th and 20th century sculpture.
- Dumbarton Oaks
- EMuseum at Minnesota State University
- Eternal Eqypt
- Won the Museums and the Web 2005 award for Best Innovative Application
- Current exhibits include the Vatican Library, Soviet Archive, 1492:
An Ongoing Voyage; Dead Sea Scrolls; An Exhibition of Fosil Life and
the Palace of Diocletian.
- The Field Museum
- Freer and Sackler Galleries; National
Museum of Asian Art
- The Getty
- Himalayan Art Resources
- Links to a variety of Science Centers, Natural History Museums and
other cultural institutions
- Links to online educational interactivities and exhibits
- International Spy Museum
- Museum opened summer 2002
- Internet Movie Archive
- J.E. Berger Foundation: World Art Treasures
- The Jewish Museum of Maryland
- Kyoto National Museum
of Congress Home Page
- Contains American Memory Page with access to a wide variety of collections
using the Library's vast resources. Also contains online versions
of exhibits that have been hosted at the library. This is one of my
favorite sites - the library is also my favorite place to spend a
- Prints and Photographs Catalog
- Louvre Museum
- Mark Harden's Artchive
- Wonderfully extensive site dedicated to art.
- Maryland Historical Society
- Maryland Science Center
- Memorial Hall Museum Online: American Centuries
Metropolitan Museum of Art
- View more than 3500 items in the museum's collection. Also features the Timeline of Art History
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
- Mother of all Art and Art History Links Page
- Museum of Antiquities
- Museum of the City of San Francisco
- Contains some very interesting exhibits, especially concerning the
Gold Rush and the 1906 earthquake.
and Exhibits: General Resources
- Education World's list of 339 museums and exhibits dealing with
- Museum of Fine Art - Boston
- Museum Guide
- Correlates to the book Gardner's Art Through the Ages
- Mystic Seaport
- A living history museum dedicated to whaling history.
- National Air and Space Museum
- This museum is one of the most popular and crowded ones in DC, but
visit it on the web and avoid the crush!
- Natiuonal Cryptologic Museum
- National Gallery of Art
- National Institute of
Standards and Technology Virtual Museum
- Contains an interesting collection of exhibits dealing with quest
for standardization and technology.
- National Museum of African Art
- This museum features the variety that is African art.
- National Museum of American
- This site offers a timeline of American heritage as well as an area
for researching culture under the "Collections, Scholarships,
& Research" section. Also contains virtual exhibits of some
of the exhibits past and present at the museum.
- National Museum of the American
- Newest museum on the National Mall.
- National Museum of Natural History
- A great deal of cultural snipets of American history. Good resource
for interesting facts and information.
- National Palace Museum of Tiawan
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Postal Museum
- The Newseum has recently reopened in new spacious quarters.
- NMAAHC - National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Nobel e-Museum
- Contains information on Nobel Laureates
- NYPL Digital Gallery
- Won the Museums and the Web 2006 award for Best Research Site
- Olga's Gallery
- One of the largest and most comprehensive online collections. Contains
over 8,000 works of art and information about artists and their artwork
from all around the world.
- OMuRAA - Online Museum Resources on Asian Art
- Explore the Orinoco region in Southern Venezuela.
Record Office Virtual Museum
- The Public Record Office is the British version of our National
- Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
- Royal Ontario Museum
- A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections at Harvard University
Smithsonian Institution Home Page
- Contains links to all the various Smithsonian museums and their
collections and exhibits. Another one of my favorites. If you cannot
get to Washington DC, at least investigate this site.
- Smithsonian American
- The State Hermitage Museum
- The Textile Museum
- Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Tokyo National Museum
- Treasures from the World's Great Libraries
- US National Archives
and Records Administration
- In addition to housing some of the nation's most important documents,
NARA also hosts many interesting exhibits using a wide variety of
primary source documents.
- U.S. Navy Museums
- Vatican Museums Online
- Victoria and Albert Museum
Library museums pages
- Organized by country. Access the great museums of the world!
- The Walters Art Museum
- Washington Places
- The purpose of this web site is to present an archive of information
about Washington's public places. There is an evolutionary approach
to each place depicting historical origins, present conditions and
future prospects. The information is graphical, pictorial and textual.
It is dedicated to the legacy of these places which make Washington
visually handsome and socially alive.
- One man's passion to bring great art and culture to the Internet.
- World Art History Resources
- Nice collection of links to a variety of sites.
- The principal purpose of World Art Treasures is to promulgate the
discovery and love of art; 100,000 slides belonging to the Jacques-Edouard
Berger Foundation, all of them devoted to art, and including the main
civilizations, such as Egypt, China, Japan, India, Europe.
- WWW-VL: History:
United States History: US Museums
- A listing of US museums with the topic of US History.
Arts > Humanities > History > Museums and Memorials
- Very extensive list of links to sites around the world.
- 24 Hour
- This British site includes links to a wide variety of exhibits around
little Bit of this and a little bit of that."
- Teacher Terry Jordan's extensive list of links to museums, libraries
and various other points of interest from his treasure chest.
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