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United States History

Don’t forget to check out the databases from the Alameda County Library!

Timelines

infoplease Detailed timeline of key events.

UW Dept. of History Detailed timeline beginning 30k bce and ending 2000 ce.

Library of Congress America’s Library Timeline Timeline set up by time period (for example: the Revolutionary Period).

General U.S. History Information

Best of History American History Page should be your first stop in researching American History on the Internet. The editors of the Best of History website have found the most accurate history websites on the Internet for you and listed them with annotations. Use the menu bar on the left side of the page to navigate time periods.

HippoCampus
Online textbooks organized by time period and a typical school semester. Information is presented in short videos and text. There are AP and general education versions (see menu at left side to choose).

History.com The History Channel’s website has history categorized by time periods and topics. You will find both articles and videos on history topics. Topic lists are in bottom portion of the page.

Shmoop This site has the usual time period information as well as special sections on Native Americans, American Fashion, and Women’s Movements.

Primary Sources

Library of Congress American Memory Collection This is a great one-stop source for primary documents. See the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, declarations of wars, and much more from various U.S. History time periods. Most of the collection is original documents and artifacts from the daily lives of citizens and immigrants. This is an excellent source for photos.

U.C. Berkeley Library Primary Sources Pathfinder has links to many, quality primary sources having to do with U.S. History. Scroll down the page to see links to historical news articles.
 
National History Day Primary Sources Links has categorized links to many websites with primary sources. The links at the top are general resources; scroll down for categories.
 
National Archives National History Day Topics Online is the official website for National History Day 2012 research . Near the bottom of the page, you will find the official Tag for this years theme. This page has links to tons of primary documents that have been tagged as relating to this year's theme.
 
Inventions Project (Hunter): use IPL or Google Scholar to make your search easier!
 
About.com Famous Inventions A - Z encyclopedia has descriptions and history of many inventions throughout history and today. The descriptions are concise, but this is a good place to start.
 
Factmonster Inventions Pagehas links to an encyclopedia of inventions and other resources, such as inventions by women, black scientists and inventors, and a timeline of inventions. 
 
How Things Work pathfinder from IPL has several links to websites with information on how various things work. Scroll down the page for sections for specific items, such as how a television works. 
 
Lemelson-MIT Interested in creating your own invention? Lemelson-MIT (from MIT college) has resources, programs, and information for upcoming innovators. They also have links to other resources on the web for innovators, both kids and adults. 
Last Modified on February 13, 2013