Those engaged in teaching and learning about World History have a wide variety of web-based
resources at their service. The difficulty is identifying which of these resources best repays the
effort it takes to search through, validate, select, and utilize the information they offer. The
following resources have been identified as the richest resources to date on the subject of
These web pages are divided into the following categories:
Sites that offer links to Internet Resources and Databases on World History
- The Ancient World Web
Index to links on the ancient world, with useful subcategories.
- Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women
This superior site offers bibliographies and links to essays useful for the study of gender in the Ancient World, with a focus on the Mediterranean area.
- The Global History Consortium
Massive set of links to topical essays on world history.
- The History of Mathematics Index
An interesting compilation of topical essays on the history of mathematics.
- Historical Text Archive
This is the new site for the former Mississippi State Historical Archives project offering a searchable database for historical texts and documents. It covers mostly American History, but is still very useful.
- Lucidcafe Library Index
The Lucidcafe library offers links to inventors, poets, science and technology and a host of other topics useful to world historians.
- Research by Subject: World History
Offers a searchable database on the following subjects: Aids to Research, Ancient History, African, Asian and Middle Eastern History, Data Sets, Electronic Journals and Databases, European History, 18th Century to the Present, General Sources, Latin American History, Library Catalogs, Medieval and Renaissance History, 14th to 17th Century.
- World History Links
This site offers a comprehensive guide to world history on the Web. Most teachers and students will find this site an indispensable general resource.
- Museum Guide
This site offers a virtual guide to all museums in the world, identifying which museums offer virtual exhibits. A brief search is all that is necessary to locate valuable exhibits on topics ranging from Catherine the Greats Snuff Boxes to the culture of the Tokugawa Shogunate that can be visited via the Internet.
Sites that offer historical narratives, analysis and primary source materials of the course of world history that meet the highest standards of accuracy and accessibility
- History of the World
Provides a simple "on the this day in history" approach organized by continent.
- Internet History Sourcebooks Project
This is perhaps the finest single resource in this category. It is the best single resource for narratives, analyses, and documents. Its resources are grouped chiefly by region/civilization into convenient "Internet Source Books" that are superb companions to the study of world history.
- World History Chronology
While this site can function as a chronology of world history, it also offers superior, if often brief, narratives of world history organized by topic.
- World Civilizations: an Internet Classroom and Anthology
This site offers a self-contained history of the world and an anthology of key texts and other sources. The "chapters" are very brief, but contain excellent analyses of key issues.
Sites that offer Teaching Aids and Lesson Plans for Teachers of World History
- Teaching aids
Extensive site offering very active activities for younger scholars.
- Teaching World History: The Global Human Experience through Time
Some leading educators prepared this "why and how" guideline for instructors.
- World History Lesson Plan Links
Offers virtual one-stop shopping for teachers attempting to locate lesson plans for topics in world history.
- Proteacher World History Lesson Plans
Offers lesson plans that focus on world civilizations. These plans are aimed mainly at younger students.
Sites of the Leading Associations and Organizations devoted to the promotion of scholarship and teaching of World History which offer valuable materials and links for teaching and learning about World History
- Center for World History
The web page of Northeastern Universitys Center for World History, offering information about the Centers projects, such as the Migration CD project, upcoming conferences and teacher-training workshops.
- Journal of World History
Site introduces the Journal of World History, the premier journal in the field that publishes articles of great value to the specialist and non-specialist alike.
- The World History Association
The home page of the World History Association is a gateway to world history that is not to be missed. The site includes a Jumpstart Manual for World History Teachers and other useful teaching materials. However, its most important feature is its one-stop shopping index to the WHAs various affiliates in North America and elsewhere. Each of these affiliates web pages are rich in teaching materials, newsletters that share teaching tips and offer links to other valuable sites. Membership in the WHA includes the Bulletin of World History, which is largely devoted to teaching issues and offers reviews of textbooks and other teaching materials.