Of course, your best and quickest link for primary sources is Google.
Remember, Google is your friend. But there are times when
we--gasp--can't remember the name of what we're looking for, but will
know it when we see it; or perhaps we just feel like perusing.
are some history-related links that you might find helpful, with small
annotations below the links themselves:
This site has a great quantity of
Look for the link to the particular continent/era that you are
interested in. It has the sources listed in
page has a fairly extensive list of primary sources, going back to
Greek and Latin literature, all the way through English history, up to
modern American history.
Encyclopedia of Economic
and Business History
This link is to an encyclopedia of
Now these articles are much more than simply the economic
to particular events; they are good, solid
historical analyses on
Ok now--this one I do recommend, but
is the online edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia that was published
from 1907 to 1914. Keep in mind that
a lot has been learned in the past
century--so the research that went into this would be rather
dated. Just like the encyclopedia of economic
history being not
merely an economic encyclopedia, this is more than a religious
encyclopedia. For historical events that
from the time of Jesus (around 30 AD) onward, and of the
Americas from the time of European colonization onward (around
1500 AD), it does provide a good summary of various
recommend it because it is a free resource that provides a good summary
of almost any topic under the sun; because its articles often contain
very useful and relevant links for further research, and because it
often contains free (in any sense of the word)
great illustrations of the topic at hand. Do keep in mind that despite
the similar-sounding words, Wikipedia isn't an encyclopedia.
This recommendation does not mean that Wikipedia is an academic resource--it
isn't; nor does it mean that Wikipedia is objective or gives each side
an equal opportunity--it doesn't; nor does
it mean that some of its
articles aren't taken from the 1911 version of the Encyclopedia
Britannica--they are. But use it as a quick resource to get
information, links, and media on your subject, if its available.
This is a great site, more of use for contemporary issues. This
page lists transcripts (and videos, when available) of broadcasts
televised on PBS. These format of these discussions have to deal
with pressing issues (such as the War on Terrorism, etc.). What
drew me to this site originally, was that the transcripts are in almost
all cases, transcripts of rather civil discussions between two
people who hold opposite beliefs about a particular issue. So you get
to see what the other side would have to say on a given topic.
CFR Debates Yes, yes, the
CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). This page is a bit like
Uncommon Knowledge, although the discussions are not nearly as deep or
detailed as the Uncommon Knowledge ones are.
Resources on the Web
Both of these art links have incredible
resources for historical art around the world.
Greek, Roman, and Middle East:
This site has quite a bit of material on
ancient people and events, not just Greece, but pretty much the entire
Mediterranean and Middle East to Iran.
This site has an incredible number of classical
Greek and Latin texts, both in the original language and in English.
In addition to providing very solid and
reviews of various periods and issues in American history, it also
contains links to primary source documents
from the period, as
well as biographies of key figures, and presidential speeches and
This site has a lot of primary source
documents dealing with American history.
This site has pretty decent content, at least on American history.
The approach is a nice point-counterpoint strategy, letting
see the pros and cons of
each issue, along with links to primary
sources that are easily accessible.