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History News Network

History News Network puts current events into historical perspective. Subscribe to our newsletter for new perspectives on the ways history continues to resonate in the present. Explore our archive of thousands of original op-eds and curated stories from around the web. Join us to learn more about the past, now.

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Doing Research on the Web

Need to surf the Web to do a term paper? Click on a link below and you'll be taken to hundreds of relevant websites.


U.S. History

  • Comprehensive Guide: A comprehensive and annotated guide to more than 700 websites, organized topically and chronologically. Be sure to take advantage of the Full Search link, which allows you to locate information instantly. (SOURCE: George Mason University's History Matters)

  • Primary Sources: 800 carefully edited primary sources covering all of U.S. history (SOURCE: George Mason University's History Matters)
  • HNN's Select List: A list of select websites, organized chronologically. This page includes a guide to articles on the American West published exclusively on HNN.

World History

  • Comprehensive List A searchable and indexed database of more than 5,000 U.S. and world history sites (SOURCE: George Mason University's Guide to History on the Web)

Science & Technology

  • A comprehensive guide to websites concerning technology, space exploration, earth sciences, life sciences, medicine, engineering, computers, industry, and the military (SOURCE: George Mason University's Echo Project)

Doing History

  • Making Sense of Historical Evidence: How to analyze oral history evidence, films and pictures, and make sense of maps (SOURCE: George Mason University's History Matters)
  • Citing Websites: How to cite and evaluate websites; understanding copyright and fair use laws as they apply to the use and creation of educational materials on the Web (SOURCE: George Mason University's History Matters)

  • Software for Taking Notes Scribe is a free cross-platform note-taking program designed especially with historians in mind. Think of it as the next step in the evolution of traditional 3x5 note cards. Scribe allows you to manage your research notes, quotes, thoughts, contacts, published and archival sources, digital images, outlines, timelines, and glossary entries (SOURCE: George Mason University's Scribe)

Applying to College and Graduate School

  • History Departments A list of 1200 history department web pages for students deciding where to study history in college or graduate school (SOURCE: George Mason University's Guide to History Departments Around the World)