History teachers have undoubtedly benefited from the development of the internet. Unfortunately, it is often time consuming to locate dependable sites ones that will be accessible six months from now, that use reliable sources or include primary documents, and that encourage students to use the internet as a viable research tool rather than a quick way out of a trip to the library. The list below is far from exhaustive but is representative of some of the better western history resources on the web. Most also provide links to other useful sites. The final site is included to remind us that just as the web offers opportunities for research, it also provides students with opportunities for academic dishonesty.
- The World History Association
Includes some valuable resources for history teachers.
- Primary Source Links
Provides links to primary sources in the study of western civilization.
- Internet Medieval Source Book
Fordham University's massive compendium of medieval history sources from the end of Rome to the Reformation.
- Internet Modern History Source Book
Fordham University's massive compendium of modern history sources from the Reformation to the 21st century.
- European History Documents
Brigham Young University library's collection of links to European history documents, chronologically arranged by country.
- WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalog
Maintained by the University of Kansas, this site offers links to an incredible range of sources including maps, images, documents, methodologies, and history journals and associations.
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This searchable database is maintained by academic editors and includes some primary sources as well as recently published articles and essays.
- Western Art
Site of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. It is searchable by artist as well as type of art and the images are incredible.
- Victorian History
Maintained by the National University of Singapore, this site includes information on Victorian technology, gender issues, popular entertainment, art, and economics.
- "Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia"
Companion website to a traveling exhibition in Russia. Outstanding site includes text as well as images about Jews in Russia and Europe from the Diaspora to present. A good example for using exhibition web sites.
- Western European Studies
The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Includes an amazing list of links from Dutch studies to migration studies.
- The State Hermitage Museum
Home of the Hermitage Museum. This is one of the most outstanding museum sites on the web. The photographs of the collections are incredible.
- Women's Early Music, Art, and Poetry
An outstanding site for an often-overlooked topic. Includes music by and history of early women musicians and their work. Includes western and Japanese sources.
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All teachers are aware that the web has given students new opportunities for academic dishonesty. This site is one of the more popular ones. The diversity of topics is extensive.