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History: Free online resources

A guide to history information at UM library


Library of Congres digitized collections

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITAL COLLECTIONS is the digital archive of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, containing millions of books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and recordings. It has been one of the earliest institutions to run for the digitisation of its assets and their dissemination through the Web. Today its digital collections comprehend around 17 million digital objects, including more than 2,5 million public domain items of various kind.


History Guide

The History Guide is a subject catalogue of history websites. With the help of the following selection boxes, you can search thematically using a subject classification. Alternatively, you can enter search terms directly in the search field.


Internet Modern History Sourcebook

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in  modern Western Civilization and World Cultures.


History Cooperative

History Cooperative was an online database of scholarly history articles from leading journals. It provided online access to library users to recent articles from 20 major journals and other online sources.

















Books on China Online, 16th – Early 20th Century

This database is a collection of China Studies compiled by the University Library, covering the book titles published between the 16th to early 20th centuries in English, Portuguese, French, and etc.


Contemporary Chinese Village Gazetteer Data (CCVG Data 數字村莊)

Village gazetteers record statistical data on individual villages, covering the years from 1949 to the present showing the history and development of Chinese villages (the village is the most basic administrative unit in China).























China Historical GIS

CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis or to visualize the historical divisions of China as digital maps.


China Studies WWW Virtual Library

The Internet Guide for Chinese Studies (IGCS) is part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library Project, which was founded at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. It keeps track of leading information facilities for the China section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library hosted at the Australian National University.



Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

It brings digitized materials from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States together in a single platform and provides access to millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more.


American Historical Association

The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a trusted voice advocating for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.


The National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by them forever.


The Organization of American Historians

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and to encourage wide discussion of historical questions and the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.


The California Historical

The California Historical is to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.










H-ASIA is to enable historians and other Asia scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching.