Links for History Students and Teachers
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Sites Especially for History Teachers:
State of California History-Social Science Framework (key info and content for teachers)

The History Teacher is a journal written by and for K-12 and college teachers. J-Stor and other library databases also have older volumes.

History Matters (a large site containing documents and designed for high school and university history teachers)

Cal State LA Library's list of teaching resources (maintained by the always helpful Kendall Faulkner)

Stanford History Education Group (lesson plans, creative ideas on assessments of historical thinking, and more)

Classroom Lesson Plans (links from the History News Network)

Best of History Websites (links to well-chosen lesson plans on other websites)

American Panorama: An Atlas of U.S. History

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms (with lesson plans from the Newberry Library) 

Teaching the JAH (Journal of American History (a great way to bring cutting-edge scholarship into the classroom)

JAH Textbooks and Teaching (a well-edited subset of the Journal of American History dedicated to teaching scholarship and commentary)

H-Net Discussion Networks (over a hundred discussion groups on specialized topics in history, from H-California to H-Africa to H-Women)

Do you want short and practical descriptions of different active learning strategies?  You are not alone.  Here are some helpful lists to inspire your next lesson plan.

-from Kevin Yee at University of South Florida

-from Cynthia J. Brame at Vanderbilt University

-from Donald Paulson and Jennifer Faust, former faculty at Cal State LA

-from UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning

General Advice on How to Use Google to Find Primary Sources and Documents
1) One of the best ways to find a primary document is to visit a general search engine such as and
type "sources" or "documents" along with whatever subject you are interested in you are interested in (Native Americans, Reconstruction, etc.). 
2) As a general rule, documents presented on academic websites (.edu) tend to be more reliable and significant.  To limit your Google search to just academic sites, enter your search words and then type "" as well.  Clink on these links to compare two different Google searches, one searching all domains and one limited to just .edu sites.  Guess which search gives you more useful resources!

Resources for General U.S. History (a very small sampling):
Ad Access (a very rich collection of historical print advertisements, in color and black and white)

American Memory Collection Finder (a general home page for Library of Congress collections online)

The U.S. National Archives has some of its VAST collection on-line.

History Matters (an extensive site with documents and exhibits)

Internet Archive Movie Archive (a great source for short old movies, especially documentary shorts from the mid-twentieth century)

The National Humanities Center offers documents and teaching ideas on U.S. history from 1492 through the 1960s

Modern History Source Book (lots of links for U.S. and world history) 

Duke University Library sources (digitized collections on advertising, medicine, Civil War, music, women's and African-American history, and more) 

The American Presidency Project (contains primary documents, including audio and video streams going back to Benjamin Harrison)

Miller Center for Public Affairs (read and listen to speeches from U.S. presidents; also contains oral history collections on U.S. politics)

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2008

Sources on Immigration History (1790-1930) from Harvard University Library

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (an exhibit on a deadly 1909 factory fire)

The Anti-Saloon League, 1893-1933

America in the 1930s

National Home Front Project (oral histories from World War II era)

The Literature and Culture of the American 1950s

America from the Great Depression to World War II (a Library of Congress site with thousands of archival photographs)

Resources for Chicano Studies from UCLA library

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project (a source for information on Japanese-American internment during World War II)

UCSB Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (listen to mp3 files of popular music from the early 20th century.  These songs were originally recorded on wax or aluminum, but now you can download them as mp3 files.  It's convenient!  It's even legal!)

Internet Movie Database (looking for a movie set in a certain historical period or place?  Type in some keywords on this great site)

Internet Meme Database (keep track of pop culture history while it happens; website name has now changed to Know Your Meme, but I like the original name better.)

Resources for the History of U.S. International Relations:
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR): links, blog posts, information on how to join SHAFR and receive your own copies of the great journal, Diplomatic History, at a substantial student discount. 

SHAFR Digital Collections List (online source collections for international history research, organized by country)

Professor Vincent Ferraro at Mt. Holyoke College has assembled a useful collection of documents on his website, with a concentration from 1898 to the present.

The National Security Archive (a large collection of declassified U.S. government documents spanning the Cold War era through current events)

Wilson Center Digital Archive: International History Declassified (a good site for declassified government documents from outside the United States, especially from former Communist states)  

Professor Nick Sarantakes has a good set of general links on primary sources.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School (an extensive collection of documents from the 18th century up to the 9-11-2001 attacks)

Project Diana: Online Human Rights Archive

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) (This valuable series is the U.S. State Department's collection of important policymaking documents.  FRUS is currently online for most of the 1960s, and volumes from earlier and later years are slowly coming up.  You can find bound volumes for all years in the third floor of JFK library in the JX233 section of the stacks.  Please note that, due to declassification delays, this series currently has nothing more recent than records from the Nixon administration.)

FRUS online (offers partial but still substantial on-line versions of FRUS from 1863 to 1958.  Almost all of these volumes are also in JFK library.)

History Beyond Borders E-Dossiers (emphasis on Native Peoples and Third World topics)

World War II Poster Collection

Dr. Seuss Went to War (Yes, the famous children's author also drew war-related cartoons)

Documents on the Decision to Use Atomic Bombs in 1945

Another good documents site on the 1945 atomic bombings, from the National Security Archive

U.S. Civil Rights Era in Global Context

A Visual Guide to the Cold War (especially good on Communist imagery)

CIA Maps, 1947 to 2015 (great primary source maps from the U.S. National Archives)

The Wars for Vietnam, 1945 to 1975

PBS Frontline "The War Behind Closed Doors" (on George W. Bush's foreign policy in the Middle East)

H-Diplo Resources page (few links to primary sources but a good place to learn about different archives and organization in the field)