The TV show on A&E has a database of bios on famous people. Good for fact-checking.
The History Channel
A good fact-checking database from the TV network.
Best History Sites
A portal of more than 1,000 history sites. Great one-stop site. Organized by periods, wars, etc.
History and Politics Out Loud
A database of famous political speeches, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. Search by speech title, speaker's name or date. Note: Your browser may need plug-ins to hear the audio.
Poynter.org: Past Presidential Debates
An archive of links to media coverage, books, etc.
Uses the National Archives to digitize and upload every document housed there. You can cull through thousands of famous documents.
Cold War Civil Defense Museum
Historical site about civil defense in the 1960s and 1970s.
National Archives and Records Administration
Look up just about anything on this government-run database.
PBS' Power of an Illusion
Explore traits of all races. Sit includes many interesting statistics and facts.
History of the holiday and teaching resource guide.
National Museum of American History
Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the site offers collections, research and a timeline. A commercial site with some research uses.
Library of Congress: A Century of Law Making
Annals of the House and Senate, bills and resolutions.
Notable Names Database
More than 20,000 bios of famous people.
Who, What, When Database
A cool tool that allows you to quickly search historical timelines.
Biography of America
A great historical timeline site. Easy-to-use and in-depth on major events in American history.
Library of Congress: Time Capsule
An online collection of broadsheets, pamphlets and more, which lets you examine early American life as it was lived.
A great Flash presentation of Mexico's history.
PBS series that explores historical mysteries.
American Family Immigration History Center
A cool database that helps you trace immigration through NYC. Example: Enter the name of a passenger who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
Glossary, gallery of fossil examples, timeline of human evolution.
Defining moments in American history, famous documents.
This site provides insights into the men who wrote the Constitution and how it's been interpreted over the years.
A historical online tour of Pennsylvania.
Moment in Time
NPR radio show's site offers transcripts, audio and a daily history list.
Speech & Transcripts Center
Current and past speech transcripts.
HistoryChannel.com: Speech Transcripts
Historical transcripts and audio.
Native American Rhymes
A history site full of great, hard-to-find facts.
Hyper History Online
More than 3,000 pages of historical facts. Very cool site.
Stories, facts and audio from famous moments in history. Good quick-reference tool.
Cold War Museum
A complete history of the cold war. Stories, photos, etc.
American Memory exhibit documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the USA.
This interactive resource offers a vast array of tools designed to "make history make sense."
Park Histories: National Park Service
Ken Burns' documentary.
British Library: Archival Sound Recordings
Music, speeches, natural sounds.
101 Historical Moments on YouTube
Events from both political and cultural history.
Library of Congress: State Digital Resources
Includes memory projects, online encyclopedias, history and cultural materials.
World War I Diaries
Listed by subject, author, period.
Old Bailey Online: History Site
From the famous British courthouse, this online database covers more than 22,000 trials dating between 1714 and 1759. Read the actual transcripts from historic proceedings, view the original documents, etc.
This site "provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford. Between 1995 and 2000 the Early Manuscripts Imaging Project created high resolution digital images from manuscripts which were selected as major treasures from their respective libraries."
Type in your birthdate and get a digest of news headlines, top song titles and other timely factoids covering that era.
This Michigan State University website features videos and photographs from 1900 to the present. The site connects historical events, campaign ads and core democratic values. Users can search on over 600 videos and photographs and view them inside three different interfaces. It's built from an environmental perspective and includes ad campaigns from the 1950s to present.
This site generates offbeat facts and stats. Click the fact generator repeatedly for a list of of fun, interesting facts.
National Digital Library
Detailed multimedia presentations on significant historical events provide access to the highlights of the collections at the Library of Congress.
World History Compass
Explore by topic, geographic region or categories such as math and medicine.
Library of Congress: Maps Archives
The Library of Congress offers a massive collection of maps spanning more than 1,000 years.
Virtual Library Museums
Find whatever you want, whether it's art, history, science or a natural park.
World War II in Color
A great collection of rare photographs from WWII.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
This newszine follows preservation of landmarks and buildings. It allows you to browse through a list of historic properties for sale, etc.
PoliticalQuotes.org: Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations
More than 40,000 free quotations from more than 11,000 different historical and political figures in a searchable database.
A collection of music videos about characters from American history.
A chance to rewrite history, giving the user the chance to write their own scenarios and sequels to historical events. Example: What would have happened had JFK not been killed?
The Atlantic: The Civil War
The Atlantic articles published before, during and after The Civil War.
The Avalon Project
Yale Law School site that offers digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
Bios and facts on past presidents.
Library of Congress: Wise Guide
This portal is designed to introduce you to the many fascinating, educational and useful resources available from the nation's library and one of the most popular Web sites of the federal government.It is monthly, much like a magazine, offering links to the best of the Library's online materials.
This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.
Sonic Memorial Project
An open archive on the history of the World Trade Center.
BYU: World War One Document Archives
From the Brigham Young Library.
Art of World War I
An archive of photography and artwork.
Discover the past through narratives and first-hand sources.
The Internet Society offers some authoritative pieces on Internet history. The site also chronicles current net-related issues.
Yahoo! Netrospective: 10 Years, 100 Great Web Moments
Part of the Yahoo! 10th-anniversary celebration.
A handy quick-reference, fact-checking site for copy editors. Find out if a celebrity is dead or alive.
BBC: WWII - The Peoples War
An in-depth historical site.
Writers on America
Fifteen writers enlisted by the State Department to contribute essays (for overseas consumption) on what it means to be a writer in America.
Natural History Notebooks
A directory of animals, nature, etc. from a Canadian site.
The history of grocery stores.
Encyclopedia, maps, documents, photos, etc.
American Social History Online
19th and 20th century resources that you can search by time, place, name, etc. More than 500,000 digital materials in nine formats.
Museum of the Moving Image
Articles by leading critics and scholars.
Smithsonian online magazine includes History of Flight, Flight Today, Military Aviaton and Space Exploration.
A collection of research articles on medieval religion, festivals, ballads, etc.
Afghanistan Digital Library
Search texts and various projects organized by the library.
Conversations With History
UC Berkeley site provides "lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work."
An encyclopedic history of Seattle and surrounding communities. The site contains sourced essays, photo features and a detailed timeline of regional history, including live webcam footage of the WTO riots.
Women's History Museum
National Museum of Women's History offers an online tour of the political culture and imagery of American suffrage.
British Newspapers (1860-90)
More than 2 million pages online from the British Library.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Site features 11 most endangered historic places, encompassing Urban districts, sports arenas and Native American landmarks.
This site links to more than 230 various timelines about major historical events.
NPR: Middle East Conflict
A seven-part series on the history of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict
Travel in America 1750-1920
This Library of Congress site features 253 published narratives from American travelers.
Provides a listing of searchable indexes for family history as well as a listing of federal and state resources, such as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
This site allows you to search other popular sites simultaneously for family names which are then returned in alphabetical order.
Historical maps galore.
Library of Congress database of historic newspaper pages from 1880 to 1922. Part of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Find out who said it.
Center for History and New Media
George Mason University site offers links to other history sites, other history departments and more.
A flashback to the 1960s and '70s in this photo essay.
The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory
An online exhibition produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Academic Technologies of Northwestern University to mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most famous events in American history, as well as the most formative event in the history of Chicago.
African Burial Ground
This site looks at the graveyard containing the remains of more than 400 17th- and 18th-century African in New York and how they should pay respects to them.
PBS: Reconstruction - The Second Civil War
A great site of historical resources.
Library of Congress American Memory Project
A great source of American history data.
Stories, photos, dates and more.
Online exhibits of art, etc.
Shattered! 50 Years of Silence
An informative site about the Romanian Holocaust.
A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers
Sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society, this site offers a decade-by-decade chronology of labor history.
History of the United States Capitol
The site's described as "a chronicle of design, construction, and politics. "
Military History Encyclopedia
Reference for wars, individuals, weapons, concepts behind the wars, etc.
Urban Legends Reference Pages
Think a story or tip might be made up? Use this page to search for some urban legends.
The Greatest Women in Science History
Highlights many of the greatest women pioneers in science history with in-depth information and resources.
TheCommunity.com Peacemakers Speak Site
Seventeen living Nobel Peace Prize winners issue statements on 9-11.
Historic Government Publications from World War II [.pdf]
This new site from Southern Methodist University boasts more than 200 government documents from World War II.
Annenberg's Biography of America
Site is organized by different industrial and cultural eras. It accompanies the video series and telecourse.
Stanford Women's Legal History Biography Project
Bios of 100 prominent women in the legal industry.
Archive of lost languages, pronunciation guides and writing samples.
A historical site dedicated to the cold war.
National Geographic Underground Railroad
Convert English to several comic dialects. Hilarious.
CNN's Mideast 101
Stories and video backgrounding the Mideast conflict. Great history and quick-reference resource that should come in handy for fact-checking. Includes a timeline, maps, refugee locator, list of key players, etc.
CNN.com: Israeli-Palestine Links
A list of about 20 key Web sites.
C-SPAN: The Nixon Tapes
An archive of what went on in the White House during the Richard Nixon years.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive
A religious tolerance and scholarship site that has deep resources on the human race's religious heritage.
Encyclopedia Titanica: Titanic Research
A wealth of historical information, including passenger lists, crew bios, survivors, deckplans, articles and more.
Occultopedia: Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences and Knowledge
An A to Z encyclopedia of metaphysical, curious and supernatural people, things, practices and events; an online treasury of unusual and occult knowledge and information.
Salem Witch Trials Archive
History of the trials, including maps, transcripts, bios of notable people, etc.
Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount Guide
This online guide is a tour of what's called the Temple Mount by Jews, the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.
Medical History of American Presidents
Chronicles illnesses of past presidents and other well-known people.
The Letter Repository
A database of historical personal letters from the early 1700s through to the 1940s.
The History Channel: Fireworks History
Uses video and text to explain celebrations from China to the U.S.
Traces the history of Hispanics in the big leagues.
Medals of Honor
A list of all military medal winners from the Civil War up to the War on Iraq.
Footnote.com: World War II Archives
Footnote and the National Archives assemble a collection of photos, news articles, case files about war crimes, accounts of air battles and much more.
Library of Congress: Chronicling America -- Historic American Newspapers
An ever-expanding database of newspaper archives.
The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
More than 2,500 pages on black history.
State Library of North Carolina: African-American History Database
Education and religion in post-Emancipation America. Free content includes biographies, and institutions databases, or you can purchase a book.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Links, documents, photos, news announcements, statements, etc.
Gerald R. Ford Historical Photographs
Links, documents, photos, news announcements, statements, etc.
President Obama's Inaugural Address
Video and text.
AskSam.com: Database of Obama Speeches
From 2002 to present.
New York Times: Most-Used Words in Presidential Inaugural Addresses
From 1789 to the present.
Bartleby: Inauguration Speeches of Past Presidents
Searchable database of speeches.
Library of Congress: Presidential Inaugurations
"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.
Library of Congress: Inauguration Dates
Great for quick reference.
infoPlease: Inauguraton File
A treasure trove of facts and background, including media coverage, famous addresses, inaugural trivia, and life after the presidency.
WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Includes history and traditions with the ceremony.
WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a chronological chart of details of details from past ceremonies.
History Matters: FDR's 1933 Inauguration Speech
Famous speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt given in Washington, D.C., March 4th, 1933. "We have nothing to fear ... but fear itself."
MSNBC: Estimating Large Crowds
Steve Doig of Arizona State University uses a process to estimate large crowds. He uses Obama's Presidential Inauguration as an example.
Videos of academic lectures by top scholars on various topics.
ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online
From George Mason University this site offer links to more than 5,000 history sites about science, technology and industry.
National Biological Information Infrastructure [NBII]
Federal, state, and local government agencies, and their partners from universities, nonprofit agencies, industry, have created this "broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources."
A history search engine that includes audio, forums, magazines, podcasts and more.
Provides free online access to historic and current aerial photography.
Online magazine devoted to history: column archives, book reviews, forums, mailing lists and much more.
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Terminology, history of the city, from the Chicago Historical Society.
African-American history, ancient Egypt, Celtic Europe, Greek history, Shakespeare, etc.
Photos that Changed the World
Archive of famous news photos.
A nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship.
A new Web resource that aims to cover the latest trends in digital history and to keep up with the state-of-the-field. From the New Media Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the site is a clearinghouse of current events and news items of interest, and provides selected bibliography of resources. Targeted to scholars, the site has many helpful tools for journalists.
The Online Timeline
From David Carlson at the University of Florida.
Links, FAQ, decade-by-decade breakdown the evolution of television and TV manufacturers. Look at past TV guides, TV models, etc.
Best of History Web Sites
Links to more than 1,200 sites.
Wild Film History
Wildlife films and television programs from 1896 to the present. It includes oral histories and video interviews.
White House Museum
Unaffiliated with the government, this site gives a tour, stats, details about the building and surrounding area.
Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
Tips on caring for documents, works of art, historic buildings, etc.
Designers, others depict famous moments in history.
The Great War Archive
Materials on WWI.