Social Studies Resources

GENERAL RESOURCES

GEOGRAPHY

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

UNITED STATES HISTORY

WORLD HISTORY

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

CIA World Fact Book
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Provides reference maps, country profiles and comparisons, flags of the world and more

CIA World Leaders
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/index.html
"The CIA publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments regularly. Governments are listed in alphabetical order according to the most commonly used version of each country's name." (CIA)

Edsitement - The Best of Humanities on the Web
http://www.edsitement.neh.gov
Online educational resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities

Historical Documents and Sources
http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hum30.04.00/
The Internet Public Library provides links to compilations of historical documents pertaining to law, World War I and II, Medieval manuscripts, Islamic history, Jerusalem, Mesoamerica, Russian archives, and more.

The History Channel
www.thehistorychannel.com
Includes This Day in History and Speeches that Changed the World; find out what happened on your birthday and so much more

In the News Now
http://www.loc.gov/today/placesinthenews/
Learn about places in the news now at this Library of Congress website

Library of Congress Country Studies
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
Extensive information on all aspects of different countries - society, natural resources, economy, history, and international relationships

LIFE Photo Archive
http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Search through millions of historic photos from LIFE's photo archive.

 

GEOGRAPHY

BBC News - Country Profiles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
Look up information on specific countries or territories.

FedStats
http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/world.htm
"FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information." (FedStats)

HRW World Atlas
http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/world.htm
This world atlas provides a basic level view showing country borders and a more detailed level view.

The State Department
http://www.state.gov/www/regions.html
This is another great site for information on countries; includes a special section for students

Stats about all U.S. Cities
http://www.city-data.com/
Provides a wealth of information on U.S. cities; includes maps, satellite photos, geographical data, and more

U.S. Cities and Towns
http://www.citytowninfo.com/places
"CityTownInfo provides details on 20,000 U.S. cities and towns, including population, property, schools, colleges, hotels, ancestry, political contributions, climate, zip codes, area codes, counties, airports, and much more." (CityTown)

Xpeditions Atlas
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/index.html
An interactive world atlas that also provides a brief description of each country


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

50 States and Capitals
http://www.50states.com/
Links to a large array of information on each state

America's Historical Documents
http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/
The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. View historical documents such as The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/index.html
This engaging website provides information about historical documents, branches of government, how laws are made, national versus state government, the election process, and citizenship. It includes games, activities and a glossary. Information guides are available according to K-12 grade level and adults: Grades 6-8 Guide, Grades 9-12 Guide, Parents and Educators.

CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
https://www.cia.gov/
Provides information about the CIA; includes a website for 6th - 12th grades as well as CIA-related games.

FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
http://www.fbi.gov/
Provides information about the FBI; includes a section for researchers investigating crime stats, the freedom of information act, or other topics, plus tips for students. The FBI Kids' Page contains some information geared toward middle and high school students.

FIRSTGOV
www.firstgov.gov
Easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources

Kids.gov
http://www.kids.gov/
Find links to government websites; some of the websites are created specifically for middle or high school students

Kids in the House
http://kids.clerk.house.gov/
Provides information about the legislative branch of the United States government for middle and high school students; includes the role of the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislative process, and House history.

OYEZ - U.S. Supreme Court Media
http://www.oyez.org
Browse cases, justices, related current news, and take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court Building

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
http://thomas.loc.gov/
Sponsored by the Library of Congress; provides access to congressional information on Bills under consideration, Public Laws, Committee Reports, the Congressional Record, and Senators and Representatives

United States Government for Kids
http://library.thinkquest.org/5873/
Oracle ThinkQuest Foundation Organization sponsors this website featuring student projects for students; the projects are about the United States Government.

United States House of Representatives
http://www.house.gov/
Find out what is currently on the House floor; access the laws of the United States; find a bill, amendment or debate; find vote information

United States Senate
http://www.senate.gov/
Learn about individual senators, committees, legislation & records, and Senate history

The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Learn about the White House, the administration and our government


UNITED STATES HISTORY

America's Historical Documents
http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/
The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. View historical documents such as The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

American Memory-Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
http://memory.loc.gov/
Primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States;
offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections

American Memory Map Collections
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html
The Library of Congress has made many historical maps available online. The maps are grouped into different categories: cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, cultural landscapes, military battles and campaigns, and transportation and communication.

American Memory Timeline
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/
The Library of Congress website includes links to sets of selected primary sources on a variety of topics in United States history that are organized by time period.

American Presidents: Life Portraits
http://www.americanpresidents.org/
Participate in a variety of activities: tour Presidential and Vice Presidential gravesites, watch a program video at the American Presidents Archive, view the American Presidents Portrait Exhibit, and more.

A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
http://www.law.ou.edu/ushistory/index.shtml
Contains a list of U.S. historical documents from the pre-colonial era to the present; includes links to the historical documents

Civil War Collections
http://www.civilwar.si.edu/collections.html
View the Smithsonian's collection of Civil War artifacts

Civil War Photographs
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html
Search through over a thousand Library of Congress Civil War photographs by subject, keyword, or time period

Digital History
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/timelines.cfmes.cfm
Provides a chronology of American history and a way to search for historical events by date and by categories such as primary sources, ethnic voices, multimedia, virtual exhibitions, and more

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library
http://www.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/maps.html
A collection of more than 800 historic maps from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century; covers almost 500 years of American history

Herblock's History
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/
Political cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium provided by the Library of Congress

Historical Maps of the United States
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html
A wide variety of historical maps of population, military history, illiteracy, early inhabitants, and more

Lewis & Clark - Mapping the West
http://www.mnh.si.edu/education/lc/lcmapping/
Discusses Lewis & Clark's mapping of the west and cartography concepts; includes activities involving historical maps

Library of Congress: Today in History
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html
Highlights the anniversary of a different American historical event daily

National Archives Online Exhibits
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration features a variety of online exhibits relating to American history

National Constitution Center
http://www.constitutioncenter.org
Contains full text of the Constitution, interactive tools to explain the document, links to other U.S. historical documents, and resources for teachers and students

POTUS (Presidents of the United States)
http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/
This resource includes "background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included." (IPL)

Primary Documents in American History
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PrimDocsHome.html
"This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers." (IPL)


WORLD HISTORY

EyeWitness to History
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/
"Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it" (EyeWitness). This site includes primary source materials relating to important people and events.

History by Era
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=7226&parent=6945
The Internet Public Library provides a wealth of helpful history websites categorized by time period from prehistoric to 20th century history.

History by Region
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=6947&parent=6945
The Internet Public Library provides numerous history websites categorized by region: Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, and South Pacific.

History by Topic
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=6890&parent=6945
The Internet Public Library provides a wealth of helpful history websites categorized by topic.