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History Student Resources

History Student Resources

Main Headings:

  • SMC Campus Information Websites for History Students
  • History Department Web Pages of Common Transfer Colleges
  • Online Reference Works for History Students
  • Useful History Websites
  • History Journals and Associations

SMC Campus Information for History Students

SMC Home Page
SMC Current Class Listings
SMC Online Course Listings
Dates and Deadlines for the Current Academic Semester

History Department Web Pages of Common Transfer Colleges

U.C. Berkeley
U.C. San Diego
Cal State University, Los Angeles
Cal State University Northridge

History Departments Around the World:

This site offers a search engine that helps the user find history departments worldwide.

Assist Online Student-Transfer Information System:
ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Online Reference Works

Best Online Reference Sites

The Elements of Style
The online version of the classic writing manual by William Strunk and E.B. White. A must read.

General Statistical Resources on the Web


History Matters
This site gives an annotated guide to the best U.S. history websites.

Historical Census Browser
This site accesses data describing the people and the economy of the U.S. for each state and county from 1790 to 1960. From the U.S. Census.

Merriam Webster Online Maps

Historic Map Works

Project Gutenberg (Free Books!!)
Project Gutenberg is a vast effort to copy the great books of the world and to make them available online for free.

Reference Desk Online
Has a little bit of everything: dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, almanacs and more.

A "people's" encyclopedia, collectively written for and by the "people."

Useful History Websites

General Purpose History Websites

Best History Websites
The best of History Web Site contains links to over 1200 history-related websites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness. Included are links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more. sites with engaging educational content and stimulating and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included in these pages. However, useful general resources and research-oriented sites have been included as well.

George Mason University's History News Network
This site's professed aims are "to expose politicians who misrepresent history, to point out bogus analogies, to deflate beguiling myths, to remind Americans of the irony of history, to put events in context, to remind us all of the complexity of history." (taken from the website)

The History Channel Online
The adjunct to the popular cable channel -- with a large video catalog of history titles for viewing and purchase.

The History Place
The History Place is a private, Internet-only publication that is not affiliated with any political group or organization. The web site presents documents, graphics, and timelines in both U.S., European, and World History.

Library of Congress
This site is a vast resource for the study of American history and other subjects. It contains primary and secondary documents, exhibits, map collections, prints and photographs, sound recordings and motion pictures. The site's "American Memory Historical Collections" holds most of the digitized materials.

Public Broadcasting System Online
A good source of information on many historical events and personalities. PBS's web exhibits supplement their television series and include a summary of each episode, interviews (often with sound bytes), a timelines, primary sources, a glossary, photos, maps, and links to relevant sites.

U.C. Berkeley's Library Research of Primary Sources
A research guide from U.C. Berkeley Library -- one of the finest universities in the world.

U.S. and California History

Africans in America
America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era, the student will find a historical narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries.

From their website: "Calisphere is the University of California free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items -- including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts -- reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history."

A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
Key historical documents of the U.S., from the pre-Colonial ear to the present, presented in timeline fashion.

Core Documents of U.S. History
A site that provides the student online access to Federal Government documents, many of which define our demoratic society, its rights and obligations.

Digital History
This site from Steven Mintz at the University of Houston includes an up-to-date U.S. history textbook; annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American, and Native American history; essays on the history of ethnicity and immigration, film, private life, and science and technology. Visual histories of Lincoln's America and America's Reconstruction contain texts by Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney. The Doing History feature lets users reconstruct the past through the voices of children, gravestones, advertising, and other primary sources.

Eyewitness to History.Com
Narratives and other first person sources for historical events prior to the 1940s, such as the World Wars, the Civil War, medieval Europe, the Old West, and many others.

The History Net
A sophisticated site created by a large publisher of history publications covering mostly U.S. political, military, and cultural history. It has many photos and the articles are written for the general public.

The National Archives Digital Classroom
The National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities, and training for educators and students.

Online Archive of California
This site offers a listing of materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.

Non-U.S. History

Internet Modern History Sourcebook
This site presents hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of primary source texts intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures.

World History Sources
This site offers a very advanced search engine to find the historical sources that you didn't even know existed.

History Journals and Associations

American Historical Association
For many, the Association is the voice of American historians.

California Historical Society

The Journal of American History

Western Historical Quarterly

William and Mary Quarterly