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Research Center: History and Geography

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Premium Resources | History | Geography

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African-American History Online

An online encyclopedia that chronicles more than 500 years of African-American history with biographies, 150 full-text historical documents, images, maps and charts. Available from Facts on File.
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American History Online

Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience. Available from Facts On File.
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American Indian History Online

Offers access to 5000 years of culture, history and leaders for 240 Native American groups. Information includes biographies, historical documents, photographs and illustrations, maps, a timeline, and hyperlinks to tribes and culture areas. Available from Facts on File.
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American Women's History Online

A unique database of biographies, maps, graphs, tables, documents, charts, images, historical documents, and web links, created and compiled by experts in the field of American women's history. Available from Facts on File.
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Ancient and Medieval History Online

Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Available from Facts on File.
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World News Digest brings together complete content from the Facts On File World News Digest and a live newsfeed from ReutersŪ to answer questions about events, people, issues, facts, and figures from 1940 to the present. Facts On File World News Digest @ also delivers maps, photographs, historic documents, and special overviews of key issues, newsmakers, and events since 1940.
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Modern World History Online

Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history-from mid-15th century to the present. Available from Facts on File.
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World Geography and Culture Online

Descriptions of more than 200 countries, with information on geography, people and culture, weather and climate, history, government, and society; maps and flags. Available from Facts on File.
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African-American World

Sections included are history, arts and culture, race and society, and biographical profiles. There is also a timeline of African American history from the 1400s on with links to further PBS readings and programs, a page for children, African American history teaching modules, and pro and con opinions on social issues. Searchable.


How do historians piece together history? Here is a site that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government

Created by the Government Printing Office, this site provides an excellent introduction to how the government works. It covers the U.S. Constitution, how laws are made, the branches of government, and citizenship.


The World Factbook

The Factbook is updated annually, and provides a wealth of factual data on countries worldwide. Many maps are also included.

Places in the News

"Responding in a timely fashion to current events, the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division presents up-to-date maps that locate areas relating to situations covered by news organizations." Featured places change with current events. Includes links to additional information. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.