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Social Studies Research Resources

History Resources from Trinity University (some sites may not work off TU campus, explore tabs & you will find other websites available to use for research)

Fordham University Internet Modern History Sourcebook (Thanks Ms. Kerri King!)

More sources:

The following resources were shared by Doreen Chonko - IB North America, thank you!

  • Best of History Websites
    Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
    ** Use links on left side of homepage to access specific areas of interest.

  • Topic: History Research
    Excellent site for information on historical research with direct links to topical history sites.
    A thorough presentation on research skills and tactics.


  • Learning How to Do Historical Research
    An excellent site to learn how to develop questions for historical research.
    **Be aware that your extended essay question must be arguable.

    Developing good research questions is an essential first step of every research project, because good research questions focus your work and provide direction for your next steps. The purpose of this page is to help you learn how to create research questions from general topics, and to give you useful tips for refining your questions during the research process.


  • History Timelines
    History and Timelines provide a record of events in the order of their occurrence. The many sections on this website detail the sequence of related historical events and are arranged in chronological order. History and Timelines localizes historical events in time as part of the history of people, places and events including a separate section dedicated to the Timelines of the United States of America.


  • American History Timeline 1780 – 2005
    Covers a variety of topics—society, culture, politics, events—in chronological order (not easy to read)


  • Alex Forthey’s AP European History Timeline
    Highlilghts events from 1200 to 2000 with brief commentary on each event. Maybe a starting point for topic research.


  • JSTOR 
    Aims to help scholars and students find high quality and relevant books right when they need them. In addition to offering the ability to search across journals and books, JSTOR includes more than 1 million book reviews and a vast number of citations.


  • Galileo – History Reference Center  (access from MHS Media Homepage)
    History Reference Center is a full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals as well as thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and over 80 hours of historical video.


  • ABC-CLIO:  (access from MHS Media Homepage) Excellent source for general background reading 
    A collection of history databases in the following areas:American Government, American History, Daily Life through History, Pop Culture Universe, World History: Ancient and Medieval, World History: The Modern Era, World Religions


  • M.E. Sharpe (SOLR) History Databases
    Offering a unique, interdisciplinary approach to U.S. and Global history and culture, Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR) explores the broad range of events, people, movements, and political, social, economic, and cultural issues that have shaped the nation and the world from earliest times to the present day.


  • SOLR Web Links Collection
    Organized by historical periods and topical categories, this collection of links provides direct-click access to more than 1,000 carefully selected and vetted Web sites pertaining to American and world history. All sites have been selected for authority, depth and quality of information, and stability. Brief descriptions help guide students to the sites of choice in their area of interest.


  • Primary Source Archive
    This compelling text and media module makes history come alive through first-person accounts, vintage illustrations, document reproductions, and a selection of multimedia features—including audio recordings and video clips—of seminal historic events, notable figures, speeches, court rulings, and social and artistic movements. Consisting of nearly 500 documents, images, and audio/visual clips from earliest times to the twenty-first century, the archive also includes a visual timeline for context and navigation, and concise commentary on every text and media item.


  • GALE Virtual Library (access from the Media Homepage from MHS main page)

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