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History: History Websites

A guide to library resources for history.

Evaluate Websites

Remember to always evaluate a website before using it for research purposes. 

Some criteria for evaluating websites include:

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Coverage
  • Currency
  • Objectivity
  • Purpose

If you have any questions about the quality of a website, ask a librarian for help!

Recommended Websites

America in Class Collections of primary resources in American history, grouped by theme.

American Memory from the Library of Congress Includes sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Civil Rights Documentation Project Provides an account of Civil Rights law-making based on the unique archival resources housed at The Dirksen Congressional Center,

European History Primary Sources An index of scholarly websites that offer online access to digitised primary sources on the history of Europe.

Grand Rapids Historical Commission A collection images from the personal collections of local families, local archives of public and private institutions of Grand Rapids.

History of Social Welfare Digital Collection This collection from Cornell University includes manuscripts, early journals, narratives, reports, letters, photographs, prints, paintings, audio and video clips that document the history of social welfare in the United States,

Internet History Sourcebooks Project Hosted by Fordham University and edited by Paul Halsall, this site provides a collection of primary source, public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use.

Making of Modern Michigan Includes local history materials from communities around the state, with over 4,500 different subjects of photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and much more.

Making of America  The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Their Own Words A digital collection of books, pamphlets, letters, and diaries, dating from the latter eighteenth through the early twentieth century, that reflects the history of the United States.