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General Resources/Gateways

  • H-NET - Offers Internet resources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including history. Links to over one hundred academic discussion groups spanning a variety of disciplines and fields of study. Hosted at Michigan State University.
  • WWW Virtual Library History - Gateway with links to hundreds of sites providing historical resources, broken down by country and region, historical topics, eras, and epochs, and research methods and materials. Maintained at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • History On-Line - Quality information resources for teaching and learning history. Developed by the Institute of Historical Research, London.
  • Clio Online - Fachportal für die Geschichtswissenschaften - Gateway for historians offering a catalog of historical online resources, subject-based and thematic gateways for research within sub-disciplines, moderated mailing lists and online forums for historians, publication and distribution of scholarly texts, and a meta-search of databases. Supported by a partnership of German research institutions and projects.
  • Geschichtswissenschaften im Internet - Portal focusing on European history and cultural studies that provides a gateway to texts, sources, articles, and illustrations by era and theme, collections of links to relevant Internet resources for various European countries and for general historical research, and tutorials and materials for teaching. Coordinated at the University of Cologne.


  • UNESCO Archives Portal - This site assists researchers in locating relevant archives around the globe. It offers a database of links to the web sites of various archival institutions, and resources are divided by continent and institution type. An annotated portal, it should prove useful to those looking for archives on specific subjects as well.
  • Archive im Internet - Links to archives in Europe by region, in Germany by type, and in other parts of the world. Maintained at the University of Marburg, Germany.
  • A2A: Access to Archives - Database containing archival catalogs from hundreds of record offices in England and Wales describing material dating from the 900s to the present.
  • Palaeography: Reading Old Handwriting 1500-1800 - Online palaeography tutorial from the National Archives helps visitors get started reading and transcribing early modern English handwritten documents and allows them to test their new skills on documents.

Data Resources

  • AHDS History - One of the Arts and Humanities Data Service's centers, AHDS History organizes and disseminates historical data from a wide range of sources, with an emphasis on Europe and particularly Britain. It also offers information to those interested in creating digital resources from historical sources. Based at the University of Essex.
  • Netherlands Historical Data Archive - Data Archiving and Networked Services, the national organization responsible for storing and providing permanent access to research data from the humanities and social sciences, offers datasets mainly related to the history of the Netherlands and its former colonies and/or created by Dutch researchers.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time - This site collates historical and contemporary census data on Great Britain 1801-2001. Statistical trends are displayed on maps. Besides census data and historical maps, it also includes information such as descriptions from historical gazettes and reports of journeys around the country. Created by the Great Britain Historical GIS project at the University of Portsmouth.

Full Text Resources

  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History - Links to primary source documents - transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated - arranged chronologically under each country. Maintained by Richard Hacken, Brigham Young University.
  • Gallica - Gallica provides access to a rich collection of texts, images, audio, and commentary, spanning the history of France from the fourth century to the end of the nineteenth. Texts and images may be accessed via chronological timeline, collection, the site's search engine, and lists of themes or authors. Offered by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
  • ANNO: AustriaN Newspapers Online - The Austrian National Library's virtual newspaper reading room and a portal to historical journals, periodicals and newspapers published in the Habsburg Monarchy and Austria. Millions of pages of newspapers from the early 18th century to the 1930s are currently posted.
  • British History Online - Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles, ranging from the journals of the House of Commons to Victoria county histories to Ordnance Survey maps. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.
  • AEI: Archive of European Integration - An electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification in the 20th and 21st century. AEIPlus simultaneously searches both the AEI and European Research Papers Archive. Hosted by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Avalon Project at Yale Law School - Full-text historical documents relating to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government, with links to supporting documents. The site may be searched by keyword or browsed by category, including by time period. Its focus is primarily American and governmental, but it also contains documents of interest to Europeanists, for instance on Franco-American and Spanish-American diplomacy, Nazi-Soviet relations, and the Nuremberg Trials.
  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project - Offers access to primary source texts for educational purposes broken down into ancient, medieval, modern, and subject history sourcebooks. Edited by Paul Halsall, Fordem University.
  • Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads - This project of the Boldeian Library, University of Oxford, offers images of over 30,000 16th to 20th-century ballads, indexed by title, first line, and subject.
  • Renaissance Festival Books - This site makes available full digital texts of 253 Renaissance festival books from the British Library's collections. The texts cover the period 1475 to 1700 and record every form of festival, from coronations and stately entries to the marriages and funerals of notable European royals and nobles.
  • The Word on the Street - The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides gives insight to issues in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Search the entire collection or browse by title and subject.

Historical Maps

  • Oddens' Bookmarks - One of the most comprehensive collections of links on the web relating to maps and mapmaking, old and new. It allows searches for links by keyword or browsing of many different categories, including maps and atlases by region or country. Affiliated with the Department of Geosciences, University of Utrecht.
  • Cartographic Images - Large corpus of historically significant maps arranged by time period. Maintained by Jim Seibold.
  • IEG-Maps - Digital maps relating to the history of Germany and Europe, mainly showing developments in politics, economy, administration and transportation since 1812. From the Institute for European History in Mainz.
  • Historic Cities - Search for historic maps of many European cities alphabetically, by year, mapmaker, or by city/country. Also contains literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities. Joint project of the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University Library.
  • Maps of London - UCLA's Department of Epidemiology offers Reynold's Map of London at the time of John Snow (1859) as well as links to maps of London in 1818, 1827, 1846, 1872, and today; the Map of London Water Works (1856); and a map of England and Wales (1856).
  • The Map of Early Modern London - Site mapping the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century London. Maintained by Janelle Jenstad, University of Victoria.

Resources by Area

Resources by Period

  • Virtual Library: Frühe Neuzeit - A catalog of historical web resources, with an emphasis on German-speaking areas, covering 1500-1806. Institutions and organizations and methodological and practical resources corresponding to the period are also included. Maintained by Stephanie Marra at the University of Dortmund.

Select Research Centers and Topical Sites

  • EU History: History of European Integration Site - Annotated gateway to sites relevant to the history of European integration, including links to historical documents, archives, institutions, bibliographies, histories, journals, and statistical sources. Developed by R. T. Griffiths of Leiden University.
  • ENA: European NAvigator - Multimedia database on the history and institutions of post-war Europe, published by the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe. It brings together selected documents, including photos, sound clips, film recordings, treaties, press articles, cartoons, interviews, interactive maps and diagrams.

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