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History on the Web
MERLOT is about learning objects. It provides peer-reviewed materials ready for classroom use. But we recognize that sometimes you might need more than that. Syllabi. Compilations of primary documents. Web sites for researchers. Reference materials. If you do not find what you need at MERLOT, you might continue your search at one of the following sites:

American Memory. The Library of Congress has put together this gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site contains more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections at the Library. The site also contains a learning page for teachers that includes lesson plans and suggested activities that use the collections.

AP Central: The College Board's Online Home for AP Professionals. This is the College Board's site for teachers of high school Advanced Placement courses. The site contains a wealth of information about designing AP courses, the AP exams, and workshops and conferences for AP teachers. But teachers of courses other than AP courses should check out the A Teachers' Resources@ section. Here you will find reviews of textbooks, articles, Web sites, and other teaching resources that pertain to the topics of many of the AP courses including European History, US History, Economics, Environmental Science, and Government and Politics. Use of the site requires free registration.

Center for History and New Media . The Center for History and New Media is located at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Among other things, this large web site provides links to an indexed guide of over 5,000 history web sites, 1,200 history departments, free software tools, The September 11 Digital Archive and other projects, articles on history and the internet, and History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web, a site that includes syllabi, lesson plans, other teaching resources, and links to web sites. CHNM plans to add World History Matters in the fall 2003. Check out the MERLOT review of History Matters.

Elections Central. A reference site for information about United States presidential elections beginning with the 1789 election of George Washington as the first President of the United States. . The site includes history and information about polls, primaries, electoral voting, political party conventions, the electoral and popular vote for each election, and the states carried. Special features focus on disputed elections, party identity, financing, the nomination process, and political campaigns.

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. H-Net is an international consortium of scholars and teachers in the humanities and social science. It creates and coordinates Internet networks, all of which share the common goal of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences through the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources. H-Net's most important activity is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters ("lists") edited by scholars in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. A majority of these lists focus on a specific area of historical inquiry. H-Net also posts book reviews and job announcements at its web site.

The History Teaching Institute. The History Teaching Institute is affiliated with the Goldberg Program for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of History at the Ohio State University. Its mission is to work with history teachers in Ohio to develop curriculum and materials that will improve both teaching and learning in high school history classes. The Institute's web site includes a short list of history websites selected because of their potential for classroom use and organized into three categories: general, chronological (US history only), and science/technology. The web site also provides more than 25 lesson plans in US and European history that draw upon primary materials found on the World Wide Web.

Making of America (Cornell University link). The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The project began in 1995 as a collaborative endeavor between the University of Michigan and Cornell University. It has evolved into a multi-institutional effort that, as of early 2003, has made available online approximately 8,500 books and 50, 000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. University of Michigan link to Making of America.

National Archives and Records Administration Digital Classroom. The NARA's digital classroom is divided into four sections: Teaching with Documents, Conducting Research [in the National Archives], Locating Publications [by the NARA], and Growing Professionally. The ATeaching with Documents@ section is broken into over 50 units on topics that range across time from the revolutionary period to the present. Each unit contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities and document analysis worksheets correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.

Spartacus Educational. The Spartacus Educational website is published out of England and provides a series of history encyclopedias. The titles cover a wide range of topics and chronological periods in European and US history including The Medieval World, United States: 1840-1960, the First World War, Nazi Germany, Railways: 1780-1900, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, Slavery: 1750-1870, the Civil Rights Movement, and Emancipation of Women. Entries usually include a narrative, illustrations and primary sources. The text within each entry is linked to other relevant pages in the encyclopedia.

The website also provides other useful materials for history teachers including discussion forums; links to educational web sites on a variety of topics; Education on the Internet , a free online newsletter that includes news, reviews of websites and articles on using Internet technology in the classroom; and links to the Learning Curve site of the British National Archives. The latter site includes even more links to history websites, downloadable resources, history games and quizzes, and lesson plans on British and US history (keyed to the requirements of British National Curriculum).

Selected History Merlot Peer Reviews for Spartacus articles are:

First World War.
The Slave Trade.
Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Investigating the Vietnam War.

WWWVL: The World Wide Virtual Library History Network. The History Network is an integrated and international network of gateways to history web sites. It is run by a confederation of volunteers who compile and maintain the information for individual gateway sites using a set of standards these virtual librarians developed as a group. The central catalog of the History Network organizes sites into four sections: Research Methods and Materials, Eras and Epochs, Historical Topics, and By Countries and Regions. The geographic and chronological coverage is quite broad.