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Essential Websites for Social Studies

Based  on a list compiled by Finding Dulcinea Staff.
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  • PBS Learning: Election Central
    It's an election year and PBS has created tools, resources, and creative solutions to help you understand the various facets of the political process.
  • Library of Congress
    is a great source to find historical documents, photos, art, maps, audio and video, artifacts and other items. The American Memory section organizes items based on topics, time periods and places of American history. The World Digital Library, a cooperative project with UNESCO, includes rare documents from around the world.
  • National Archives
    has a massive collection of material on U.S. history that can sometimes be overwhelming to search through. The Resources for National History Day Research page guides students on where to find material in the archives.
  • PBS
    has a wide range of resources for students from its various programs. The most useful is likely the companion Web sites for the American Experience documentary series examining important events and people in American history. Each site includes resources such as descriptions of the events, biographies of key figures, primary source documents, interactive maps and transcripts of the film. Also visit the American Masters series for biographies of historical figures.
  • EDSITEment
    The Best of Humanities on the Web
  • Smithsonian Institution
    has a wide variety of exhibitions and collections on American history and culture. It also offers lesson plans searchable by grade level, type of resource and historical topic.
  • GPO: Ben's Guide to Government - Grades 9-12

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  • ABC-CLIO: American Government
    Provides a complete, multifaceted examination of the foundations of our government and political system that supports any curriculum or research project focused on the government of the United States.
  • EBSCO Host Web
    Search databases and eBooks at once to dive into many different topics in American history.
  • Facts on File: Collection of American History Databases
    African-American History Online
    American History Online
    American Indian History Online
    American Women's History Online
    Issues & Controversies in American History
  • Gale: Biography in Context
    Excellent source for researching the lives of the famous and infamous.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Search more than 1,000 eBooks on many aspects of Human History.
  • Gale: Global Issues in Context
    Offers global perspectives on issues of international importance and current world events and topics in the news related to these issues.

  • Gale: U.S. History in Context
    Includes a broad collection of full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents, and scholarly analysis.
    Academic journals
  • Salem History
    Click here to search:
    American Immigration, Encyclopedia of
    Great Events from History
    Great Lives from History
    Milestone Documents in America

    Also available in print in Reference section of Library
  • CQ Press: Political Reference Suite
    Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
    Times Reference from CQ Press: Provides expert historical analysis on a variety of government and public affairs topics.

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