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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.

Directories and Search EnginesDirectories and Search Engines


Law and the ConstitutionLaw and the Constitution

Literature - AmericanLiterature - American


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Directories & Search Engines

Academic Info - Educational Resources
browse by subjects, or search by keywords, of digital collections offering unique online content, including annotated subject directories.
alternative to the Google search engine
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)
Dogpile. 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 up access
a search engine with extensive coverage; refine your search carefully
ipl2: information you can trust
In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites.
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 engines"
search through over 200,000 WWW sites
What You Need to Know About
screened and trained volunteers create general-interest subject guides.
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 Asia Society
Wonderful source for information on Asian countries.
Best of History Web Sites: Maps
CIA World Factbook
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 maps.
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.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
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.
Digital History : Maps
Wonderful collection of historical maps from 1482 to the present.
Find Latitude and Longitude
Geography and Map Reading Room
Explore the wealth of information at the Library of Congress
Geography World
Great Globe Gallery
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.
JASON Project
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 Page
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 obscure
Map Collections Home Page
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.
Map Projections
Very nice tutorial on the various projections.
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.
Mapping 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 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 Geographic
Contains links to their magazines as well as the MapMachine which will create a variety of maps including historical maps.
National Geographic Education - Mapping
Nation by Nation Almanac
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
Outline Maps
A nice collection of outline maps provided by Houghton Mifflin suitable for classroom use.
Pride 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.
USGS Education
Contains some interesting lessons and information including topics such as Exploring Maps, Global Change, Land and People and What Do Maps Show
UT 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 - 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.

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
ABA 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 — 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.
The 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
Banned Books On-Line
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 Rights Institute
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.
The 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' Constitution
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 audio material.
How Much is That?
Impeachment and Censure Materials Online
Links to information of a general nature and also specific to the Clinton Impeachment.
Justice Learning
JURIST: 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.
Law 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
National Constitution Center
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 Historical Society
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 States
The official site for the Supreme Court.
THOMAS: Legislative Information
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
United States Code
Fully searchable database of the US Code provided by Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.
US Historical Documents
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.
U.S. Supreme Court and Legal Information Institute
Cornell University's site for current information on the Supreme Court including current decisions.
U.S. 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.
U.S. Supreme Court Collection: Historic decisions
Cornell University's collection of 631 historic Supreme Court decisions.
Willamette Law Online
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.

Billie Dee's Poetry Anthology
A great collection of poetry, listed alphabetically by author. Also includes audio clips of some of the sites.
Edgar 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
Encyclopaedia of USA History: Writers
British site that contains basic information on a wide variety of authors.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page
Sponsored by the University of South Carolina. Contains biographical and literary information.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): A Guide to Resources
Hosted by Transcendentalists on the Web
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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 Page
A wealth of information on a Baltimore treasure.
Humor of Edgar Allen Poe
Interesting annotated essay.
Hypertexts @ The University of Virginia
Contains a wonderful collection of American writing in full text
Indigenous Peoples' Literature
Very nice site on Native American literature of various time periods. The table version seems to work the best.
The 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 research purposes.
Lyrics Ring
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.
Project 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 Etexts.
The Quotations Page
Searchable database of over 20,000 quotations.
Ralph 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.
Transcendentalists - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Henry David Thoreau - Others - Dial Magazine
Nice site containing full text and many good links.
The Willa Cather Electronic Archive
Broad variety of material documenting and contextualizing the work of Willa Cather.
William Faulkner on the Web
An extensive site including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, speeches and letters as well as biographies, chronoloy, facts and family tree.
Wright American Fiction


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 a Apple

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 History Museum
Located in Lowell MA
American Visionary Art Museum Apple
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture Apple
Arlington National Cemetery Apple
Contains historical information about one of our nation's most sacred spots.
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.
Art History Resources
Access the wonderful images in this impressive collection of links.
Art Institute of Chicago
Baltimore Maritime Museum Apple
Baltimore Museum of Industry Apple
Balimore and Ohio Railroad Museum Apple
Baltimore Public Works Museum Apple
The B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City, Maryland Apple
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
Cappella Sistina
Tour the art of the Sistine Chapel - 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
Digital 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 Apple
EMuseum at Minnesota State University
Eternal Eqypt
Won the Museums and the Web 2005 award for Best Innovative Application
EXPO Ticket Office
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 Apple
The Getty
Himalayan Art Resources
Hotlist: Museums
Links to a variety of Science Centers, Natural History Museums and other cultural institutions
Hotlist: Online Exhibits
Links to online educational interactivities and exhibits
International Spy Museum Apple
Museum opened summer 2002
Internet Movie Archive
J.E. Berger Foundation: World Art Treasures
The Jewish Museum of Maryland Apple
Kyoto National Museum
Library of Congress Home Page Apple
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 vacation.
Prints and Photographs Catalog
Louvre Museum
Mark Harden's Artchive
Wonderfully extensive site dedicated to art.
Maryland Historical Society Apple
Maryland Science Center Apple
Memorial Hall Museum Online: American Centuries
The 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.
Museums and Exhibits: General Resources
Education World's list of 339 museums and exhibits dealing with history.
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 Apple
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 Apple
National Gallery of Art Apple
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 Apple
This museum features the variety that is African art.
National Museum of American History Apple
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 Indian Apple
Newest museum on the National Mall.
National Museum of Natural History Apple
A great deal of cultural snipets of American history. Good resource for interesting facts and information.
National Palace Museum of Tiawan
National Portrait Gallery Apple
National Postal Museum Apple
The Newseum has recently reopened in new spacious quarters.
NMAAHC - National Museum of African American History and Culture Apple
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.
Public Record Office Virtual Museum
The Public Record Office is the British version of our National Archives.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Royal Ontario Museum
A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections at Harvard University
The Smithsonian Institution Home Page Apple
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 Art Museum Apple
The State Hermitage Museum
The Textile Museum Apple
Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum
Treasures from the World's Great Libraries
US National Archives and Records Administration Apple
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
Virtual Library museums pages
Organized by country. Access the great museums of the world!
The Walters Art Museum Apple
Washington Places Apple
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.
WebMuseum: Bienvenue!
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.
World Art Treasures
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.
Yahoo! Arts > Humanities > History > Museums and Memorials
Very extensive list of links to sites around the world.
24 Hour Museum
This British site includes links to a wide variety of exhibits around Great Britain.
"A 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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