Can't find what you need in the databases? Try these websites
Thousands of brief biographical sketches of historical and contemporary figures.
Biographical information from history documentaries broadcast on the PBS network.
Brief factual information on thousands of historical, political, and contemporary people.
Biographical information on over 30,000 people organized by category.
Time's Most Influential People 2010
Biographies from Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People
Use Google's Uncle Sam to search federal and state documents on the web using Google's search technology but limiting the search to .gov sites only.
The official kids' portal for the U.S. government. It links to over 1,200 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids in grades K-5 and 6-8.
The official gateway to US government information designed specifically for teens.
CIA World Factbook
Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.
Ben's Guide to the US Government
Information about citizenship, how laws are made, and the three branches of government, Also includes an extensive list of government websites for kids.
Government Printing Office
A portal to govenment documents on the web. This site provides access to specialized agency databases organized by the three branches of government and has the ability to search across many agencies by broad subject category.
Access to current presidential documents, including major speeches, appointments, press briefings, and policies.
Lessons using Primary Source documents.
Census statistics for population, housing, and economics
National Institute of Health
Reliable information on a variety of health topics
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring as well as scientific and environmental information
Primary Sources are the words of the witnesses or the first recorders of an event. They consist of unpublished documents and materials such as letters, diaries, government reports, tape recordings, photographs, and items of clothing as well as books, magazines, and newspaper articles that were published during the time of the event or the person being studied.
Primary sources are organized by names, dates, places, and events. Having the correct spelling and accurate dates will allow you to do your research effectively.
ARC: Archival Research Catalog
Descriptions of the National Archives' Collections, including film, still pictures, texts, and drawings, as well as digitized images of thousands of these items
Our Milestone Documents
Access to the 100 milestone documents in American History
AMDocs: Documents for the Study of American History
Links to historical and literary documents spanning the entire US history beginning with the Vikings landing in North America. Includes treaties, diaries, speeches, etc... in a variety of formats
Library of Congress American Memory Project
Free and open access to documents, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America
Making of America
Nineteenth century journal articles and books in the areas of agriculture, education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science, and technology.
Documenting the American South
A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.
Civil War Women
A collection of diaries, letters, and other primary sources written by women during the Civil War in the United States.
American Slave Narratives
Interviews of former slaves between 1936 and 1938.