Biography & History

Premium Resources

Britannica Reference Center

Contains the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as world atlases, thesauri, foreign language dictionaries, biographical information, notable quotations, and more.

Grolier Encyclopedia Online

Search various Grolier encyclopedias and reference books. For all ages, from elementary schoolers to adults. Includes articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters, homework help, and ideas for projects and experiments.

Biography Web Sites

From The Biography Channel, is your source for true stories about notable people.

A free online encyclopedia, features premier titles like The Columbia Encyclopedia, Oxford’s World Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Who2: Biographies

Contains 4,000+ biographies of famous people, characters and creatures.

History Web Sites

BBC: History

Find out about ancient history, world history, British history, and more, with BBC programs, games, and timelines.

Best History Sites

Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites and activities.

Historical information ranging from Great Speeches (in audio) to facts about This Day in History.

Shmoop: US History

US History study guides and resources.

Primary Source Documents

A Chronology of US Historical Documents

Access full texts of America's most important historical documents.

Digital History - University of Houston

Access primary resources by historical era or topic area.

Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Internet History Sourcebook

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) by Fordham University for educational use.

Letters from America's Wars

This online exhibition of letters and audio features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. 

Library of Congress: American Memory Project

Features audio recordings, narratives and images documenting American's personal stories and memories.

Library of Congress: Current and Historical Maps

The focus of this collection is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.

Library of Congress: Primary Documents in American History

This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents.

Map of Historical Census Data

Examine state and county census data over time. Click on "Map It!" at the top of data columns to view the data in the form of an interactive map.

National Archives: America's Historical Documents

Access records of the Federal Government, from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.

National Archives: Digital Vaults

Search the National Archives Digital Vaults for visual representations - advertisements, posters, photos, and more - as well as historical texts.

New York Public Library: Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries and time periods.