Other Online Resources


BBC News: Country Profiles
Provides concise information on countries, territories, and some international organizations. Entries are organized alphabetically by continent (and by organization name for international organizations). Although content is not as complete as the CIA's World Factbook, unique content includes audio of each country's national anthem along with a picture of each country's flag. Video and audio clips from BBC archives are included as well.

The World Factbook
Includes country profiles developed by the CIA on nations of the world, listed alphabetically by country name.

This site includes over 5,700 statistics on countries around the world, which have been culled from reliable sources such as the CIA World Factbook, UN, World Health Organization, World Bank, UNESCO, and more. The two primary ways to search the site are via the "Statistics" or "Countries A to Z" links at the top of the page. Statistics are grouped into some 30 major categories, including agriculture, economy, education, health, labor, lifestyle, military, religion, and sports. Country information includes overviews for each country, with information on government, economy, religion, flags, etc. The site also includes some 7,000 historical and current maps of the world that can either be printed or imported into documents.

U.S. Census Bureau
Census 2000 data is now available at this official home page for the U.S. Census bureau.


This U.S. Geological Survey's coordination of geographically-oriented data from over 20 federal agencies provides a variety of cultural and physical phenomena on the United States, including information on health, the environment, demography, agriculture, climate, and geology. The site features an interactive mapping tool called MapMaker, which allows you to create customized maps layered with thematic data, including agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, people, transportation, and more. Other sections include printable maps, wall maps, dynamic maps, and articles.

Provides access to an online world atlas and driving directions.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
This special collection of maps at the University of Texas at Austin's Perry-Castañeda Library features links to internal and external sites, divided into two main sections: Online Maps of Current Interest (hot topics) and Online Maps of General Interest, broken down into geographic areas. Maps available include country, city, state, and historical maps and are drawn from U.S. government sites as well as other noncopyrighted sources. Most of these high-quality maps are easily printable.

SimplyMap Geographic Research

SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. These maps and high-resolution images can be exported to word processing or presentation software. Data can be selected, sorted, and compared to build custom reports that can then be exported to a spreadsheet. Historical census data can be explored to understand how regions change over time; estimates and projections can be used to analyze current and future trends.

Please Note: It is highly recommended that you create your own "Personal Work Space" on the site in order to save your work (once you create it, you will receive an email in which you must click on an activation link to activate your new account). The site does allow you to use a temporary work space, but if you do so, your work is not saved. Also, tutorials on how to use the site are available under the "Tutorial Videos" link in the top right corner once you use either the "Temporary Work Space" or "Personal Work Space" logins. (If the site is busy, try again later, as we have a limited number of "seats" to this resource and traffic may at times be heavy.)

In collaboration with the United States Geological Survey, this site provides every USGS 1:100,000, 1:63,360, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale topographic map for the entire United States. Puerto Rico will be available soon (1:20,000 scale). Search for maps by place name.

Digital Sanborn Maps (North Carolina) 1867-1970 Sanborn Maps

Provides digital access to over 11,000 large-scale maps of 158 North Carolina towns and cities from the years 1867-1970, where available. Users can manipulate the maps, magnifying and zooming in on specific sections, and compare maps from different years. Be patient--maps take awhile to load.

North Carolina Maps (Beta version)
North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of the Tar Heel State. Currently in its beta release (the project is due to be completed in June 2010), it features over 600 maps from three of the state's largest map collections -- the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center. When complete, North Carolina Maps will contain over 1,500 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to the 1960s, and will include detailed maps for each of North Carolina's one hundred counties.


AtoZ World Business (Current) World Trade Press
This database contains a wealth of information on international business, trade, travel, culture, finances, and much more about 100 countries, covering 108 topics per country, in a variety of languages (the default is English). First choose a country in the drop-down menu, then choose sub-topics about aspects of that country from the expandable sidebar. Documents contained within the database can be downloaded, printed, or emailed.

Best of History Web Sites
This online directory to more than 700 of the best history-related web sites includes links to pages organized in categories such as Prehistory, US History, Early Modern Europe, WWII, Art History, Maps, Ancient/Biblical History. Links include historical societies, search engines, online exhibits, multimedia sources, and publisher sites. Links to "Lesson Plans/Activities" and "Teaching with Technology" are also provided.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina (Beta release)
Documenting the American South, a digitization project at UNC-Chapel Hill, is in the process of digitizing the 26-volume print set called The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. Published between 1886 and 1914, the print set includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution. Users of the digitized version of the documents at this site can access the original publication's master index and browse through the series as the editors arranged it. They can also search the full text of each document and search by several metadata elements, including creator, date, title, and document type, created specifically for the digital collection. As they are digitized, additional volumes will continue to be added to this beta release.

HeritageQuest Online ProQuest

This genealogy and history resource combines a collection of page images of over 25,000 family and local histories from ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Online database with HeritageQuest's complete U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930; access to PERSI, a subject index to genealogy and local history periodicals in US and Canada since 1800; Revolutionary War records; Freedman's Savings & Trust Bank Records from 1865-1874, etc.

Historic Events of the 20th Century (Content from this database is now included in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection [formerly Greenwood Digital Collection])

Learn more about the ABC-CLIO Collection here.

History in the News: The Middle East
A wonderful site for information on this currently very much "in the news" region, it features links to information on history, culture, society, religion, economics, politics, maps, and news and news media in the Middle East proper (it does not include the Sudan or the Maghreb--Northern Africa).

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950 (1675-1950) Alexander Street Press

Includes over 154,000 full-text pages of both previously published and unpublished letters and diaries of North American women from 1675 to 1950, the largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled.

Women's History Gale Cengage Learning
Gale Cengage Learning has assembled a free collection of information and resources concerning Women's History Month (March). Links to classroom activities, biographies of famous or influential women throughout history, other web pages concerning women's history, a quiz, a timeline of events in women's history, and a section on Women's Rights On Trial (featuring 12 landmark precedent-setting cases involving women from the book by the same name) are all found in the sidebar under "Women's History" on the lower left of each page.

Daily Life Through History (Content from this database is now included in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection [formerly Greenwood Digital Collection])

Learn more about the ABC-CLIO E-book Collection here.

The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Documents relevant to law, diplomacy, politics, economics, and history.

Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Contains scanned images of approximately 5000 books and journals published between 1850 and 1877.

Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19th Century America
A collection of digitized works from the libraries at UNC-CH including a number of slave narratives and civil war diaries.

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
Examines the American Civil War through the eyes of two communities--one Union and one Confederate--through a hypermedia archive of thousands of primary sources from both communities.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography (Content from this database is now included in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection [formerly Greenwood Digital Collection])

A collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States compiled through nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves. (Learn more about the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection here.)

Digital Library on American Slavery University Libraries--UNC-Greensboro
This site, the final phase of the Race and Slavery Petitions project, offers data on race and slavery extracted from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents containing detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites. These data have been extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions (covering the years 1775-1867) from fifteen states and the District of Columbia, and from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners. The general topics include slave ownership, slave management, freedom suits, crime and punishment, health, death, social and civic life, marriage, women, and family, among others. The site is searchable by name and petition, as well as browseable by subject.

Black History Gale Cengage Learning
Thomson Gale has assembled a free collection of information and resources concerning Black History Month (February). Links to classroom activities, biographies of famous or influential African-Americans, other web pages concerning Black History, the synopses of selected literary works by African-Americans, a quiz, and a timeline of events in African-American history are all found in the sidebar under "Black History" on the lower left of each page.

American Memory
A gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States, featuring more than 7 million digital items.

Map Collections: American Memory
A sub-section of the Library of Congress's American Memory site, the Map Collections site provides high-quality map images of materials ranging from Civil War maps to panoramic views, plus the inclusion of a number of foreign maps. Arranged by general categories (such as Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Cultural Landscapes, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication, and General Maps), the collection is searchable by Keyword and browsable in a number of ways as well, providing access to some resources not available elsewhere.

Politics and Government

Elections Around the World
This site lists electoral results from around the world, as well as information on political parties, parliaments, and more. Search for a particular country's election results and political information from ranges listed on the sidebar.

The American Presidency Project
One of the most comprehensive resources on the United States presidency, this site provides access to 67,000 digital documents from the 43 presidencies to date, including public papers, executive orders, proclamations, addresses, and press conferences from many of the presidencies. It also includes summary data for presidential elections, approval ratings, links to various presidential libraries, and more, including a small audio and video archive.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Includes background information, election results, cabinet members, biographies, historical documents, and more about each of the U.S. presidents.

The White House
Official home page of the U.S. White House. Includes news and policy information as well as information about the historic building itself.

School of Government (formerly Institute of Government) Home Page
Founded in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the UNC School of Government through its web site provides information and links to sites of interest to local and state government officials and citizens of North Carolina.

Provides the latest news from CNN on U.S. and world politics.


MedlinePlus Biodefense and Bioterrorism
This site, which is maintained by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, gives an overview of issues relating to biodefense and bioterrorism, including sections on treatment, prevention/screening, coping, research, law and policy, children, and more.

Terrorism: Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations, an independent non-partisan, think-tank and publisher, provides a good introduction to various aspects of terrorism through links on the left-hand sidebar under "Terrorism." Topics covered include counterterrorism, havens, targets, weapons, organizations, state sponsors, leaders, attacks, financing, and more.

10 Years After Sept. 11: A Social Science Research Council Essays Forum
In the days immediately following September 11, 2001, the Social Science Research Council invited a wide range of leading social scientists from around the world to write short essays for an online forum, After September 11. Written against two-week deadlines when it was difficult to come by sure knowledge in a time of quickly changing circumstances, the forumís essays would be downloaded millions of times and used extensively by teachers and journalists.

A decade later, contributors to the original forum were asked to reflect on what they wrote and to explore what has changed and what remains the same since those harrowing times. The result is this extraordinary digital collection of new essays, 10 Years after September 11. Short and written in a style that is accessible to both academic and non-academic readers, the essays offer deep, expert analysis of developments since 9/11 from the perspectives of the social sciences.

Library Research Guides for History
Research Guides used in Hackney Library orientations for History courses suggest resources appropriate for completing assigned projects and papers.

Last updated March 18, 2013