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In addition to our Electronic Databases, there are a variety of research guides and materials available on the internet to assist students with curriculum assignments and basic reference work. These websites are considered by librarians to be from reputable and sometimes scholarly sources.



  • Art Project Powered by Google Explore art museums around the world. Walk through galleries, zoom in on artwork, and learn about works and their creators.

  • Beazley Archive Material relating to the study of classical archeology and art. More than 5000 images, an illustrated dictionary, bibliographies for classical archeology, and illustrated programs about pottery, sculpture, and engraved gems. Extensive, searchable pottery database.

  • NYPL Digital Collections The New York Public Library's collection of prints, maps, posters, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, sheet-music covers and dust jackets (and more).

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections



  • Education Week Includes Education Week, Teacher Magazine, hot topics, and archives.

General Information

General Information

  • Ask a Librarian An online reference service from the Library of Congress. Includes links to the Library of Congress web site and online catalog.
  • The EServer A digital humanities venture based at Iowa State. Features collections on everything from Cyber Tech to Slavery to
  • Front Pages of Newspapers 264 front pages from 37 countries presented alphabetically with links to each newspapers website.

  • Library of Congress Webcasts Over the past six years, the Library of Congress has documented several hundred of the talks, discussions, and conferences that have taken place under its leadership.

  • The Wayback Machine Over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present.

Government Documents

Government Documents

  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History Primary documents pertaining the the study of American history. Documents span the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.

  • American Factfinder Population, housing, economic and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.

  • The American Presidency Project Contains the Public Papers of the Presidents -- consisting of public messages, statements, speeches and news conferences -- from Hoover through Trump. Also contains the Messages and Papers of the Presidents from 1789-1913.
  • Cyber-Cemetery Provides permanent public access to the electronic Web sites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions.

  • FedStats The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

  • GPO Access U.S. Government Printing Office. Search all U.S. Government publications from one search box.

  • National Archives and Records Administration An independent federal agency that manages all federal records, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights.

  • National Security Archive A library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, run by The George Washington University.

  • State Department Background Notes These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, countries, and sovereign areas.

  • State Department Freedom of Information Act Homepage Links to State Department records and information access programs.

  • U.S. Census Bureau Maps, gazetteerfiles, and the American Community Survey, as well as statistics on income, poverty, housing, demographics, genealogy, and economics.

  • The World Factbook (CIA) Maps as well as information about a country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Includes flags of the world.

History & Anthropology

History & Anthropology

US History

Founding and General Information

  • Digital Public Library of America A collection of photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and more from America's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Includes US and world history.

  • 1940's New York A neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide featuring period photographs, color coded maps, statistics, and information on neighborhoods in NYC in 1943. Compiled using the New York City Market Analysis published in 1943 as a complement to the 1940 Census.
  • The Founders' Constitution Complete copies of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights together with commentaries and criticisms.

  • Free periodicals, books, and magazines from US history.

Civil & Women's Rights

Slavery and the Civil War

  • The Antislavery Literature Project Features slave narratives, historical proslavery articles, lecture videos on slavery and related topics, and more. A project by Arizona State University

  • Documenting the American South Primary source materials documenting the cultural history of the American South from the collections of the University of North Carolina. It features diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, travel accounts, titles on slavery, and regional literature.

  • Library of Congress American Memory Project Primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Includes Art and Architecture, Business and Economics, Geography, Philosophy and Religion, and Social Sciences and Technology. (Also click on updated collections on this page.)

World History

  • Arab Culture and Civilization This site focuses primarily on the culture and civilization, as opposed to the political arenas, of the Arab world. Divisions include history, ethnicity and identity, Islam, Arab Americans, literature and philosophy, family and society, art and architecture, the Arabic language, and geography.

  • The Avalon Project at Yale Primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government from pre-18th to the 21st century. Includes text comparisons of some documents. Also links to Project DIANA: An Online Human Rights Archive.

  • Nations of the World Part of the Law Library of Congress's Global Legal Information Network, this site provides links to information on all the countries' constitutions as well as their legislative, executive and judicial bodies.
  • Current Value of Old Money Includes calculator for comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1720 to any other year including the present, the cost of living in London in the mid 1700's to the 1900's and many more links.



  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History Primary documents pertaining the the study of American history. Documents span the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.

  • A comprehensive guide to Congressional bills, including a history of the legislature. Information on measures expected to be considered on the House floor this week, search of text of bills, bill summary and status, public laws, house and senate roll call votes, Congressional records, and committee reports.

  • Find Law A guide to Supreme Court decisions, the Constitution, federal and state laws, cases and codes, legal subjects, and foreign and international legal resources.

Literature and English

Literature and English

  • Words Without Borders A free online magazine with the goal of increasing understanding of other cultures through the English translations of foreign literature and commentary. Search by continents or environments.



  • David Rumsey Historical Maps Rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials.

  • Library of Congress American Memory Maps Map collections from 1500 to 2002. Sorted by cities and towns, cultural landscapes, military battles, conservation and environment, transportation and communication, discovery and exploration, and general maps.

  • Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection A portion of the printed map collection at the University of Texas has been scanned and made available on the Web. Currently, this amounts to about 5,000 map images.

  • U.S. Census Bureau Maps, gazetteer files, and the American Community Survey, as well as statistics on income, poverty, housing, demographics, genealogy, and economics.

  • The World Factbook (CIA) Maps as well as information about a country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Includes flags of the world.



  • The Math Forum Math resources by Drexel University. Organized by grade and topic, with links to math discussion groups, information, and problems of the week.

  • Wolfram MathWorld An interactive mathematics encyclopedia with mathematical exposition and illustrative examples. Supported by WolframAlpha.



  • An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920 A collection of over two hundred social dance manuals housed at the Library of Congress, as well as a number of antidance manuals, histories, and treatises on etiquette. 75 video clips demonstrate steps from selected manuals.

  • The Aria Database The Aria Database is a searchable reference guide to arias by name, opera, language, and voice type, including word-by-word translations into English, libretti, and MIDI files for many of the arias. The database includes the complete set of operatic arias of Verdi, Mozart, and Puccini, as well as many others.

  • The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989 More than 400,000 items, including music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, and fan mail.

  • Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870-1885 Over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for orchestra and band.



  • Academy of American Poets A link to full text poems, information about poets, poetry events, discussion forums, and audio versions of poets reading their poems.

  • Poetry Thousands of poems by hundreds of authors spanning six centuries of English-language poetry.

  • Favorite Poem Project Created by Robert Pinsky as his poet laureate special project. This site features ordinary people reciting the poems they love. Includes 50 Favorite Poem Videos.
  • Poet's Corner Best known classics to obscure ballads in Middle English. Search by author, title, first line or subject.

  • Poetry 180 Created by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins. This site provides the texts of 180 poems by contemporary American poets, one for each day of the school year. Guidance on how to read poetry aloud.

  • Poetry Daily An anthology of contemporary poetry which each day brings a new poem from books, magazines and journals currently in print. Also includes an archive to past poets, journals, and interviews.

  • Teen Ink: Poetry Poetry written by teens all over the world.

Religion & Philosophy



Science & Health



  • BBC Space Your travel guide to the solar system.

  • Solar System Exploration Excellent visual representation of the planets and their moons in the solar system.
  • Information on everything to do with space and space exploration.


  • Evolution from PBS Short videos and lessons aimed to high school biology students to explain evolution.
  • Influenza 1918 The 1918 influenza outbreak in the US killed more than half a million people
  • MicrobeWorld Microbial facts, images and information from the American Society for Microbiology.
  • Understanding Evolution University of California Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology web site provides educators with lesson plans and other tools needed to teach natural selection, along with strategies for countering the misconceptions that often surround this controversial issue.

General Science Resources

  • NASA Science Science done through or at NASA, covering basic scientific principles, scientific methods, debates, and questions. Includes biology, chemistry, Earth Science, technology, astronomy and physics.

  • National Science Digital Library A comprehensive source for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Population Reference Bureau The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.
  • A gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.

  • Science Watch Tracks trends and performance in basic science research.

  • Social Issues Online Arguments supporting both sides of controversial subjects. Topics include cloning, abortion, genetic testing, and more.


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