Social Studies Homework Links

Mrs. Gorman's 7th Grade Middle East Project

Ancient Civilizations

  • Ancient Egypt

    • The Ancient Egypt Site. This site, described as a "constantly evolving, interactive book about the history, language, culture of Ancient Egypt," is fully searchable by topic or keyword.
    • Mike Millmore’ Ancient Egypt. Millmore’s site is comprehensive, updated daily, and features a great section on temples and pyramids.
    • The British Museum: Ancient Egypt. The British Museum offers great images, simulations, and games, all designed to make the study of Ancient Egypt enticing!
    • Life in Ancient Egypt. This museum-sponsored site features a timeline and information on daily life, gods and religion, and funerary customs.
    • Egypt's Golden Empire. Produced as an accompaniment to the acclaimed PBS "Empires" series, this site explores the most extraordinary period in Egyptian history from 1570 BC to 1070 BC (the "New Kingdom"), when the Egyptian empire reached its zenith.
    • Exploring Ancient Cultures: Egypt. Part of the University of Evansville’s Exploring World Cultures site, this page provides an introduction to Ancient Egypt, including a full transcript of The Papyrus of Ani, the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
    • Theban Mapping Project. This impressive site focuses on the Theban Necropolis, the Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Rameses III and Egyptology. It offers maps, a timeline, FAQS, and updates on the KV5 (Rameses tomb) archeological expedition.
    • Egypt: Secrets of an Ancient World. This fine National Geographic site reveals the interior organization, and a number of other facts about the construction of the pyramids.
    • The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt. This National Gallery of Art exhibition cover the period of the New Kingdom (1550 BC–1069 BC) through the Late Period (664 BC–332BC), focusing on the understanding of the afterlife among the Egyptians some 3,000 years ago.
    • Guardian’s Cyberjourney: Egypt. Cyberjourney provides useful images, virtual tours, discussions, and commentary on Ancient Egypt.
    • Pyramids: The Inside Story. This attractive PBS site provides nice images and history of the pyramids, and offers insights into excavations and age-old mysteries.
    • Egyptology Resources. This site, set up with the assistance of the Newton Institute of the University of Cambridge, provides a web-based resource for Egyptological information.
    • Treasures of the Sunken City. This PBS site examines the remains of the lost city of Alexandria. It features maps, film clips, interviews, and more.
    • Ancient Egypt Virtual Temple. Learn about temples and other examples of Egyptian life via the great images this site has to offer.
    • BBC History: Ancient Egyptians. Around 5000 years ago, the Ancient Egyptians established an extraordinary and enduring civilization. This site contains articles, timelines, interactive games, and links which enable the user to enter their world.
    • The Egyptian Book of the Dead. This site takes you on a journey through The Book of the Dead, as written on the walls of the tombs of kings, queens, and priests.
    • The Curse of Tut: Fact or Myth? A fun site for kids to learn about the fascinating life of King "Tut." Students can learn about the fabled "curse," and decide what (if anything!) Howard Carter unleashed.
    • Mummies of Ancient Egypt. From the University of Michigan, this site features information on mummies, the process of mummification, and Egyptian concepts of life after death.
    • The Clickable Mummy. Click on different parts of the mummy to view interesting facts and information about mummification.
    • Hopkins in Egypt Today. This site chronicles a Johns Hopkins University sponsored archeological dig at the Mut Temple Precinct in Luxor, Egypt. An interesting look at what real-life archeologists actually do.
    • Ancient Egypt. A useful compilation of links on Ancient Egypt collected by and for educators and students.
    • Ancient Egypt Cultural Exhibit. A virtual museum of anthropological information created by the students of Minnesota State University. The Ancient Egypt site offers information on daily life, art and architecture, religion, and more.
    • Cleopatra. Was she a hero or a villain? A beauty or a beguiler? a brilliant leader or ruthless destroyer? This exhibit, mounted by Chicago's Field Museum explores the myth and mystery of Egypt's last queen.
    • Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharoah. Download or stream the story of Hatshepsut in a special feature developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with their newest exhibit.
  • Ancient Greece

    • The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization. Produced as an accompaniment to the acclaimed PBS "Empires" series, this site recreates Classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centuries BC.
    • BBC History: Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks come to life through an inventive blend of articles, timelines, links, and interactive games.
    • Perseus Project. A Tufts University digital library for Greek and Classical resources, this sites offers a search function, FAQs, essays, historical overviews, and links to an extensive collection of art objects.
    • The Ancient Greek World. This online exhibit (UPenn) explores the land, time, economy, and the daily and religious life of Ancient Greece.
    • The Ancient City of Athens. This site is slow to load, but does provide a good photo archive of Athens' architectural treasures.
    • Exploring Ancient World Cultures: Greece. Part of the University of Evansville’s Exploring World Cultures site, this page provides an introduction to Ancient Greece, and includes essays, images, a quiz, and more.
    • Ancient Greek Resources. This site offers an annotated list of Internet resources covering aspects of Ancient Greek history and culture, clickable maps of Ancient Greece, and links to primary source material, photographs, and reconstructions.
    • World Cultures to 1500: Bureaucrats & Barbarians. This Washington State University online course provides a terrific overview of Ancient History through clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photo gallery, timelines, and links to relevant sites. Click on "Contents."
    • World Civilizations to 1500: Ancient Greece. This Washington State University online course provides a terrific overview of Ancient History through clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photo gallery, timelines, and links to relevant sites. Click on "Contents."
    • Antiqua Medicina: From Homer to Vesalius. This site offers an interesting and intelligent presentation on ancient medicine.
    • Greek Medicine. This site, sponsored by the History Division of the National Library of Medicine, explores Ancient Greek medicine via a timeline and discussions of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and other celebrated Greek healers.
    • Acropolis360. Acropolis360 is a full-screen, 360 degree virtual tour of the Athens Acropolis, containing mpas, 3D reconstructions, Quicktime panoramas, text information, music, and voice commentary.
    • The Real Story of the Olympics. This site, from the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, attempts to dispel the myths surrounding the ancient Olympic Games.
    • The Ancient Olympics. Created in 1996 as a tribute to the Centennial Olympic Games, this site compares ancient and modern Olympic sports, tours the site of Olympia as it looks today, discusses the "Olympic Spirit," and introduces some famous ancient Olympians.
    • Alexander the Great. This site provides information on the life and conquests of Alexander the Great, and includes links to other resources.
    • Ancient Greece. A useful compilation of links on Ancient Greece collected by and for educators and students.
    • Ancient Greek Civilizations. A virtual museum of anthropological information created by the students of Minnesota State University. The Ancient Greek site offers information on the history, culture and cities of several Aegean civilization, timelines, maps, and more.
  • Ancient Rome

    • The Rome Project. This site offes an annotated list of Internet resources covering aspects of Ancient Roman history and culture, a clickable map of the Roman Empire, and links to primary source material, photographs, and reconstructions.
    • Illustrated History of the Roman Empire. This website offers a comprehensive history of the Roman Empire, and contains interactive maps of Roman Italy, the Roman Empire, and the City of Rome.
    • The Roman Empire in the 1st Century. Produces as an accompaniment to the acclaimed PBS "Empires" series, this sites explores the mightiest and most cosmopolitan societht the ancient world had ever seen.
    • The Romans. A BBC-produced site on Ancient Rome designed especially for early middle schoolers.
    • Daily Life in Ancient Rome. This site includes information on many aspects of Roman daily life. Check here to see what Ancient Romans wore, what the ate, how they entertained themselves, etc.
    • BBC History: Ancient Romans. Mad emperors, brutal entertainments, and lascivious lifestyles. These are the familiar images of Ancient Rome, but what was it really like?
    • World Civilizations to 1500: Rome. This Washington State University online course provides a terrific overview of Ancient History through clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photo gallery, timelines, and links to relevant sites. Click on "Contents."
    • Forum Romanum. Produced by a nineteen-year-old Harvard freshman, this award-winning site includes a virtual tour of Ancient Rome, a dictionary of mythology, a picture index, and information on Roman history, life, language, and literature.
    • A History of Ancient Rome. A UK site dedicated to World History and aimed at Middle School Students.
    • Ancient Rome: Images and Photographs. A collection of high resolution images from Ancient Rome.
    • History Link 101. A compilation of ancient civilization sites, including photos and additional web resources.
    • Kidipede. This site, from Portland State University, is dedicated to expanding the knowledge of history for students and teens. Information includes history, art clothing, games, economy and more.
    • Ancient Rome. A comprehensive compilation of web sites dedicated to all aspects of Ancient Rome.
    • Antiqua Medicina: From Homer to Vesalius. This site offers an interesting and intelligent presentation on ancient medicine.
    • Explore Byzantium. The Byzantine Empire bridged the gap between ancient and early modern Europe from its inception as the eastern half of the partitioned Roman Empire in the 4th century A.D. to its disappearance in the 15th century. This site contains an historical overview, timelines, maps, articles, and bibliographical materials, all dedicated to this fascinating civilization.
    • The Legacy of the Roman Empire. Links to various resources covering topics from Ancient Roman Rulers to an interactive map of the Ancient Roman Empire.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Ancient China and Japan

    • World Civilizations to 1500: Ancient China. This Washington State University online course provides a terrific overview of Ancient China through clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photogallery, timelines, and linkds to relevant sites. Click on "Contents."
    • Internet East Asia History Sourcebook. A wonderful collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts covering all aspects of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Asian History.
    • Ask Asia. This site features resources, cultural information, activities, links, and guides for students and educators alike.
    • Mr Dowling's Electronic Passport: Chinese History. Browse the world in Mr. Dowling's virtual classroom! His Ancient China page features engaging graphics, clear and concise explanations of China’s dynastic history, and several "cool" links.
    • Daily Life in Ancient China. This student developed site on life in Ancient China has timelines, graphics, and links.
    • China. A virtual museum of anthropological information created by the students of Minnesota State University. The China site contains timelines, maps, and full-color illustrations of art objects.
    • The British Museum: Ancient China. The British Museum offers great images, simulations, and games, all designed to make the study of Ancient China fun.
    • Ancient China. A useful compilation of links on Ancient China collected by and for educators and students.
    • Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization. A well thought out and beautifully designed site from the University of Washington, the Sourcebook offers and excellent timeline supplemented by short readings, maps, and images.
    • World Civilization to 1500: Ancient Japan. This Washington State University online course provides a terrific overview of Ancient Japan through clear and informative lecture notes, maps, a photogallery, timelines, and links to relevant sites.
    • Japan. A virtual museum of anthropological information created by the students of Minnesota State University. The Japan page offers timelines, maps, full-color illustrations of art objects, and related links.
    • Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire. This PBS companion site examines the history of the Japanese "renaissance" period between the 16th and 19th centuries, during which the island country completely isolated itself from the world, and nurtured its own unique culture of shogun, samurai, geishas, and poets.
    • Samurai Archives. This site, devoted exclusively to the history of samurai warriors, includes information on famous samurai, samurai culture, battles, timelines, and more.
    • Japanese Armor History. This site diagrams and describes the various parts of samurai armor.
    • Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan. This UPenn site includes three diaries written by aristocratic women around 1000 AD.

Middle Ages—Primary Sources

World History

Primary Sources in American History

Early America through 1900

  • Early Americas Digital Archive Collection of documents written by and about the Americas from 1492 to 1820, searchable by author and title.
  • Plymouth Colony Archive Project A collection of searchable texts including court records, colony laws, wills, probate inventories, etc. all related to the Plymouth Colony.
  • Salem Witch Trials An electronic collection of primary sources materials relating to the Salem witch trials of 1692 and a transcription of the court records.
  • Digital History  Resource guides by period and topic with links to primary sources from the Digital History project at the University of Houston.
  • Secessions Era Editorial Project  Editorials from the antebellum period covering the Nebraska bill debates, Dred Scott, and John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry from Furman University.
  • US Civil War Center An attempt to index all the Civil War sites on the Web, by the Civil War Center at Louisiana State University.
  • American Civil War Manuscript Guides Letters, diaries, and papers from both Union and Confederate soldiers.
  • Civil War Women Diaries, letters, and photographs from Duke University, offering both an image and transcript of each document.
  • American Civil War Resources A collection of links to maps, biographical information, battles and campains, local state resources, rosters and regimental history,  etc. (Some links may be inactive)
  • US Civil War: Selected Resources The Library of Congress' collection of Civil War resources, including photos, maps, music, and links to other curated resources
  • Making of America Primary sources in American social history from the mid-19th century through Reconstruction, organized by University of Michigan.
  • Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19th Century America This University of North Carolina site includes three collections: First Person Narratives 1860–1920, featuring women, laborers, soldiers, and other not-often-heard voices; North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920; and Digitized Library of Southern Literature, Beginnings to 1920, with information about the authors.
  • Valley of the Shadow Primary sources from two communities on different sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Wars in the 20th Century

Civil Rights/Women’s Rights

Legal Resources

  • Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet Text and summaries of bills pending before Congress and public laws adopted since 1989.
  • Findlaw.com A wide array of links to laws, court case records, journal articles, law libraries, and other legal resources.
  • Famous Trials Transcripts, interviews, news reports, and all kinds of primary and background information on John Peter Zenger, Scopes, My Lai, and other famous American trials, compiled at the University of Missouri/Kansas City.
  • Legal Information Institute Extensive collection of laws and cases, including the Constitution and its amendments, and the Supreme Court Collection (link) with  600 historic decisions with majority opinions and dissent, searchable by date and topic.
  • Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia Includes a searchable database of Supreme Court cases, biographies of the justices, etc.
  • Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties A compilation of U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to North American tribes.

History of Technology

Countries of the World

Maps

  • American Memory Map Collections, 1500–present National and international maps collected by the Library of Congress and organized by categories such as "discovery and exploration" and "military battles and campaigns."
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map CollectionFrom the University of Texas, an extensive collection of all types of maps, organized by geographic region and spanning ancient civilizations to countries in the news.

Current and Controversial Issues

  • Best Information on the Net: Hot Paper Topics. Briefly annotated, high quality web resources on both sides of topical and/or controversial issues. Also includes an excellent collection of links related to the Sept. 11th attack .
  • Social Issues. From the Multnomah County Library in Oregon, comes this series of links on topics from animal rights to organ donation to school prayer.
  • Frontline. This companion site to the PBS investigative journalism series contains extended interviews, video, and additional material related to the series’ often controversial programs.
  • Public Agenda. A nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization devoted to public opinion, policy analysis, and citizen education.
  • Librarian’s Internet Index. A publicly-funded website featuring thousands of high quality links carefully selected, described, and organized by a team of librarians. Fully seachable by topic, subject, or keyword.
  • THOMAS: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress. A comprehensive legislative database featuring Congressional news, bill summaries, status, and full-text, committee information, historical documents, debates, treaties, and more. Legislation related to the Sept. 11th attack is compiled here.
  • Government Documents in the News. From the University of Michigan Document Center, a compilation of documents related to topical, controversial or newsworthy issues. Topics include avian flu, domestic wiretapping, the Iraqi war, and more. Coverage dates from 1995 to the present.
  • Best Information on the Net: Statistics. An extensive index of sites offering statistical material, including current and historical census information.
  • U.S. Census Bureau. Online access to the Census Bureau’s vast collection of statistical data. Also includes full-text of several of the Bureau’s most important publications, including the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
  • Mass.gov. The official State website containing laws, reports, maps, statistics, and other information related to the State of Massachusetts.

Citing Web Sources

  • KnightCite—free, automated guide to creating citations in MLA, ALA, or Chicago style from Calvin College.
  • easybib—a free, automated bibliography generator. Just plug in your citation information and easybib will create your bibliography and footnotes.
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  • NoodleTools—Using NoodleTool Express, create individual citations in MLA or APA format. Full range of citation types.