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Best of the Web: History & Social Sciences

  • The Civil War Home Page contains thousands of pages of Civil War material including images, documents, statistics, and official records.
  • This Library of Congress site contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks.
  • This Library of Congress site contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks.
  • A Library of Congress collection of 1,118 Civil War photographs which can be searched by keyword, browsed by subject, or viewed by year.
  • This site includes ephemera from the Civil War period, photgraphic images, and writings and drawings from soldiers on both sides of the war.
  • Civilrights.org serves as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the-minute civil rights news and information.
  • Founded in 1991, CLAGS was the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities.
  • Full text versions of classic feminist writings which "helped define Second Wave feminism." From the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU).
  • Free literature in the public domain, including works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, childrens titles, poetry, Shakespeare, and short stories. Includes a plain text format.
  • Full text of numerous articles.
  • A collection of historical documents as well as scholarly books and articles on American Colonial history.
  • The Coalition for the Homeless, the nation's oldest and most progressive organization, helps homeless men, women and children by providing immediate and critical relief.
  • CSC's mission is "to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation, and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration into society."
  • "CODA--Children of Deaf Adults, is a nonprofit organization for the adult hearing sons and daughters of deaf parents."
  • Title 25 of the CFR brings together in one volume the majority of federal laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation and the Indian Health Service of the Department of Interior.
  • National Geographic Magazine site offers information about coffee types, roasts, production,legends,and history.
  • "The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) is committed to the development of mind and brain research aimed at investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of cognition."
  • At present the database includes obituaries dating from 1911 to 2003 and is updated quarterly. The earliest class is 1850.
  • Statewide historic newspaper database
  • "Columbia Journalism Review is recognized throughout the world as America's premiere media monitora watchdog of the press in all its forms, from newspapers and magazines to radio, television, and cable to the wire services and the Web." Useful online features include the Language Corner, the Inflation Counter, the Media Finder, and a "Who Owns What" section helpful in determining media consolidations.
  • Library homepages, catalogs, electronic resources, and other services.
  • Current information about the tribe's government, its business council, and current job listings.
  • This site provides a "comprehensive guide to the field of community psychology, prevention, intervention, and action research."
  • Offers non-credit computer classes for beginners and experienced users who need synthetic speech, large print, and braille adaptive technology.
  • Established in 1978, the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) at Baruch College, offers a range of non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users. The Center provides information and training on assistive computer technology for professionals and the business community, and conducts research to explore innovative ways of using the computer to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people.
  • This web companion to the PBS documentary features a timeline, photos and history.
  • Companion site to a PBS documentary which "profiles a progressive United Methodist church in the midst of profound change as it struggles with the arrival of a new minister and must reinvent itself under new leadership."
  • This searchable site from the United Kingdom is a "worldwide, interactive, personalised forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are touched by mental health problems and/or learning disabilities."
  • A website devoted to investigative reporting of current political events by top journalists.
  • This site covers pottery, jewelry, basketry, Katsina dolls, fine art andphotography.
  • "Descriptions of important contributions to science made by 83 women in the 20th century. These are documented by the original papers in which the discoveries were first reported. In addition there are historical essays and other historical documents not easily available elsewhere."
  • " The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination." This site includes the text, history, and related information concerning this bill.
  • Great ideas on how to include your kids in meal-planning, and fun, kid-friendly recipes.
  • Written by Al Pate, this site provides full text to many chapters of his book on the Coree - the Chicora Nation.
  • A digital collection of politcal campaign memorabilia from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
  • Search the full text of hundreds of documents relating to New York State. Local documents include: Proceedings of the bi-centennial celebration of Richmond county, Staten Island, New York. November 1st, 1883 (includes hundreds of names of participants and descriptions of the festiviites) and Facts against rumor: being a brief statement, without note or comment, of the most important facts which transpired in the late difficulties between the vestry and the people of St. Andrew's and Trinity parishes, Staten Island, N.Y., prior to the 5th of February, 1857. By order of committee.
  • A database of the menus held in the Rare Menu Collection, as well as a description of the collection. Images of actual menus are available.
  • Index of links to local, state, and national informational resources, developed by the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Advocates for the educational success of children with disabilities and children who are gifted and talented, and supports the professionals who serve them.
  • Provides effective teaching and promotes research to enhance the education and lifespan development of individuals with learning disabilities.
  • CSCS is a professional organization for the Citys senior service providers. A nonprofit organization representing over 265 senior service organizations, ranging from individual community-based senior centers to large, multi-service, citywide organizations.
  • Organization whose mission is "To promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries."
  • The online version of the series of books published by the Federal ResearchDivision of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. Each entry details a country's political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, then examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
  • Historical, social, and political information guide provided by the Library of Congress. Country information can be accessed from an alphabetical listing or by clicking on the interactive map.
  • This is a collection of over 500 non-fiction feature stories on major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics, and criminal profiling. Also included are award-winning works of short fiction by prominent writers.
  • "This Website provides material from a variety of CQ Press sources relevant to the issues. Sources include encyclopedia articles, such as Jihad and Theocracy three issues of The CQ Researcher offering in-depth studies on Combating Terrorism, Islamic Fundamentalism and the Middle East Conflict and more."
  • Interviews and letters from people who knew Crazy Horseand the program from the unveiling ceremonies which dedicateda statue honoring the great leader.
  • Tactile (embossed) illustrations that make pictures visible to people who are blind or who have visual impairments, dyslexia, autism, cognitive learning disabilities, or other special needs.
  • Print and Internet resources for History, Biography and Genealogy.
  • This collection offers access to primary materials documenting nearly a century of investigation, arrest, judgment and incarceration of many famous and unknown criminals in New York City. Materials have been gathered from the Lloyd Sealy Library's Special Collections at John Jay College and includes photographs and trial transcripts.
  • Criticism.com is a media theory gateway featuring information about important theoretical works, book reviews, essays, and links.
  • The first electronic review of the history of modern historiography. Its aim is the establishment of an online resource for studies and research relating to modern historical culture (historiography,erudition, philosophies of history, methodologies of historical research, didactics of history).
  • Features 33 women artists, each represented with a biography and samples of her work.
  • A look at social history, manners and menus through history. A companion site to the Food Timeline.
  • Life and customs in 100 countries.
  • A Minneapolis/St. Paul based blog with links to news and links to alternative media perspectives.
  • Part of the Online News Association's website, Cyberjournalist.net is a blog, news, and resource site for online journalists.
  • An extensive list of links that point you to genealogical research sites on the Internet.
  • Articles and primary sources related to the first World War.
  • Large and varied collection of materials, nostly primary sources, related to World War II.
  • Indexes genealogical records collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members. Complete set housed at the DAR Library and is available for purchase. NYPL has the complete set for New York.
  • a website of maps and tables showing Presidential votes since 1860, state electoral votes, show major and independent presidential and vice presidential candidates. County election data is also available.
  • This collection provides access to over 11,000 maps online, focusing on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials.
  • Includes links and resources on deal-related business, agencies and organizations, sign languages, schools, summer programs,employment listings, and publications.
  • Directory of online death indexes listed by state, including death certificate indexes, obituaries, cemetery burials & probate records.
  • An exhibit of advice and conduct books from the past 300 yeas.
  • Discusses seeds, specialized root systems(such as carrots), shoot systems (such as asparagus and kohlrabi),edible leaves, flowers (broccoli), and other forms of vegetables.
  • This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States including New York City.
  • Defines the basic concepts of cognitive science.
  • This website "centres around biographical entries on individual labour movement figures. Many of these have been of national significance but, equally, others have been of local or regional prominence. Each entry is written by a specialist, in many cases by one of the editors. The text is supplemented by a detailed bibliography drawing attention to relevant archival deposits, works by the subject and appropriate secondary texts. In addition, the Dictionary has included a series of thematic essays on issues of interest for the historian of the labour movement.
  • "The catalog includes freely available Internet resources for research and study of modern East, South, and Southeast Asia on a broad range of topics in the social sciences. Resources are from various sources including academic, government, commercial, tradeand industry, and non-governmental organizations. The catalog includes current information and data such asbibliographies and databases, data sets, newspapers and journals, government reports, and organization sites.. Resources are in English and/or one or more of 27 Asian languages."
  • Resource for ancient Egyptian history, with images, text, and bibliographies.
  • Digital Gallery provides access to over 337,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs,
  • This site includes a wealth of resources including annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American and Native American history, and slavery.
  • Provides archival resources for tracing your Norwegian heritage. In English and Norwegian.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history . Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The Cornell database spans the years 1815-1926.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history. Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The University of Michigan database spans the years 1800-1925.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history . Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The Cornell database spans the years 1815-1926.
  • "DignityUSA works for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy and support."
  • "The United States' largest and most progressive organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics."
  • Interdisciplinary research tool for the study of women and gender in the ancient world.
  • Focus is on women and issues of gender among the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other ancient cultures.
  • This database "contains information on collections relating to the history of women in Ireland from the earliest times to the present, gathered from public and private repositories in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The Directory covers over 14,000 collections and sources and contains over 100,000 pieces of information from 262 repositories."
  • Portal to disability resources on the Internet, linking to many select websites arranged by subject and location.
  • Nonprofit organization created to advance the civil rights of disabled persons. Site provides information about the organization, news on civil rights cases across the country, advice on how to commit oneself to fight for civil rights of the disabled, and links to major sites containing information on the ADA and other legislative and advocacy sites for the disabled.

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