Research Links

This section will help you in locating vast collections of history-related content and materials on the web. It contains frequently updated indexes of history websites, primary sources, and teaching materials. You will also find links to podcast collections and oral history links.

Using Primary Sources on the Web: From the Reference and User Services Association (A Division of the American Library Association) 


Ever wonder what a primary or secondary source is? Are you having trouble locating primary and secondary sources on the web? In this section of the RUSA website that is entirely dedicated to history, you have a very good place to start your search. It contains detailed information that explains what primary sources are, how to find them on the web, how to evaluate primary source websites, and how to cite those sites. 

Best Sites for History Lesson Plans and Activities
This webpage is a "gateway" to many reliable websites that contain lessons and other materials for teaching history.

Annenberg Learner
From the Annenberg Foundation: "Workshop and course resources consist of video, print, and Web components."
" is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible."

Library of Congress Classroom Materials
"Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction." This collection includes Lesson Plans, Themed Resources, Primary Source Sets, Presentations and Activities, and Collection Connections.


History Website Links 

Best of History Websites
History Matters
Montana Historical Society

Oral History Links

from Professor Mary Murphy



  • A good general book on oral history is Donald Ritchie, Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2003.

  • Kathy Latrobe, Carol Case, Linda Gann, Social Studies Readers Theatre for Young Adults: Scripts and Script Development, Teacher Ideas Press, 1991.

Telling Lives

Telling Lives, Teaching Lives TAH Teacher Participants at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Telling Lives

Teachers learn how to interpret and teach using paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Biographies of the Nation

Biographies of the Nation teachers share their first year Instructional Plans in mini-presentations to one another.


BackStory with the American History Guys
From the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: "BackStory is a brand-new public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths."

Historians on the Record
From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: "Since 1996, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented eminent historians discussing major topics in American history. Now you can hear these lectures on your computer or on a portable media player. Our archive of more than 100 audio podcasts is available for free here, simply by registering and signing in."