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History Resources

Databases (for Bethel Users)

Biography Resource Center
This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. (source: vendor website)

General Resources (free to All Users)

Presents information related to over 3,000 years of world history from 1000 B.C. to the present time. Provides chronological timelines. Includes biographies and information about famous people in science, culture, technology, philosophy, politics, theology, and other fields. Discusses the history of major civilizations and important events in science, culture, and politics. Offers access to maps of various periods in world history. Links to world history sites. (Source: WorldCat)
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures. Although this part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project began as a way to access texts that were already available on the Internet, it now contains hundreds of texts made available locally. (source: website)
Provides information on the Jewish Holocaust, presented by Michael Declan Dunn. Offers access to art, discussion groups, photographs, poems, and publications. (Source: WorldCat)
World Wide Virtual Library: History Catalog
This is the central catalogue for the WWW-VL network of indexes to Historical materials on-line. It is intended for general public use, but its coverage and selection of sites concentrates on creating a facility useful for those pursuing historical research on-line. An extremely comprehensive index of links, it covers nearly every geographic area and many subjects. (Source: WorldCat)

Ancient & Mediaeval History (free to All Users)

Eternal Egypt
For the past three years, the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and IBM have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as the Eternal Egypt. With the help of a $2.5 million grant of technology and expertise from IBM, the Eternal Egypt represents a unique partnership to use innovative IBM technologies and services to create an interactive, multimedia experience of Egyptian cultural artifacts, places and history for a global audience. A little over one year since the 100th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, anyone with access to the internet is now able to enter a three-dimensional reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb,as it was when Howard Carter and his colleagues discovered it and wiped the dust of a grave of 3000 years age. The experience is only one small part of Eternal Egypt, which is accessible by handheld digital guides in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, by cell phone for visitors to the pyramids at Giza or the Luxor Temple in Upper Egypt, or through the Eternal Egypt web site. The Eternal Egypt web site includes an unprecedented experience of high-resolution images, three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic images, and panoramic views of present-day Egypt captured by robotic cameras located from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo. An innovative, interactive map and timeline will guide Eternal Egypt visitors through Egypt's cultural heritage, while a "context navigator" presents the complex relationships between objects, places and personalities of Egypt's past in a unique, web-like display. (Source: website)
This gateway links to Internet tools, organizations' sites, and bibliographic resources related to the ancient Mediterranean world and Near East. Okeanos ... focuses on fields that touch on earliest times: Assyriology, Egyptology, the classics, and biblical and Jewish studies, with an emphsasis on textual and archaeological approaches. (Source: Choice, 43. July/ August 2006. p. 1960)
The Perseus Digital Library
Perseus is 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. (Source: website)

European (free to All Users)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Features the Internet Medieval Sourcebook, a directory of electronic texts related to medieval and Byzantine history. Posts a site introduction, information on document size and selection, a summary of site coverage and usage, a guide to contents, and reference acknowledgments. Provides access to each of the Sourcebook texts, Web search engines, and other medieval resources on the WWW. (Source: WorldCat)
Presents Labyrinth, a global information network offering organized access to resources on medieval studies, through the World Wide Web server of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. Provides links to an overview of the project; libraries of actual text in French, Italian, Latin, and Middle and Old English; libraries of monographs, articles, journals, and reviews; online bibliographies; information on national cultures, international culture, and special topics, including Arthurian studies, heraldry, and runes; scolarly publications; medieval studies organizations; and medieval studies text, image, and archival databases. (Source: WorldCat)
Western European Studies Section
Offers access to regional and historical resources in European studies. Provides links to news sources, text collections in Western European literature, library catalogs and servers, book reviews, and subject guides. Features information about The Section and its publications, conferences, and discussion groups. (Source: WorldCat)

American (free to All Users)

Amdocs : Documents for the Study of American History
Features documents related to American history from the 15th century until the present time. Contains letters, manuscripts, speeches, constitutions, songs, proclamations, treaties, State of the Union addresses, and other documents. Includes documents relevant to World War I, World War II, civil rights, the Vietnam era, and Desert Storm. (Source: WorldCat)
American Civil War Homepage
A collection of links to sites about the American Civil War. Contains such information as: general resources, biographical information, state/local studies (by state), military information, the secession crisis and before, histories and bibliographies, battles and campaigns, Civil War reenactors, fictional accounts of wartime, images of wartime, documentary records, rosters and regimental histories, and civil war roundtables.(Source: WorldCat)
American Memory
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. (Source: website)
American Presidency Project
Site contains documents related to the study of the American Presidency, including public papers, annual messages to Congress, inaugural addresses, radio addresses, acceptance speeches, presidential candidates debates, party platforms, elections data, and an audio/video archive. (Source: website)
American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. Their narratives remain a peerless resource for understanding the lives of America's four million slaves. What makes the WPA narratives so rich is that they capture the very voices of American slavery, revealing the texture of life as it was experienced and remembered. Each narrative taken alone offers a fragmentary, microcosmic representation of slave life. Read together, they offer a sweeping composite view of slavery in North America, allowing us to explore some of the most compelling themes of nineteenth-century slavery, including labor, resistance and flight, family life, relations with masters, and religious belief. (Source: website)
History Matters
History Matters is a project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The project is designed to provide high school and college United States history teachers with access to online resources. The resources include teaching materials, primary documents (in text, image, and audio), discussion on United States history, and links to other valuable Web resources. (Source: WorldCat)
United States Historical Census Data Browser
This site provides basic data as compiled from the census. Data is available at the state and county level. The dates covered are from 1790 to 1960.

Other Countries

Please see the country study page.