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Social Studies Resources

Primary Sources:

Foreign Policy:

Edmonds School District Databases:

External Websites:

  • Provides well-sourced pro, con, and related research on more than 50 controversial issues. Issues covered change, so check under "Issues We Cover" for your topic.
  • Council on Foreign Relations: (an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.) Primary source documents from 1689 - present. Also provides analysis and context on international events and trends. We subscribe to Foreign Affairs, the journal published by the CFR.
  • U.S. Department of State: Handles foreign affairs for the U.S. government. Main purpose is to promote American foreign policy worldwide. Go to A-Z list of countries and other areas, then to U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets, etc.
  • CIA World Factbook: Information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Good background information.
  • Library of Congress: The largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts.
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): Preserves and documents government and historical records.
  • Wikipedia and source online encyclopedia. Can not be used for citations. Good links to authoritative sources provided at end of articles.
  •  Googlesite: .gov  OR site: .edu and your topic. In advanced search, limit by date. For example, to search the cuba embargo, google site: .gov cuba embargo. This will limit your search to mostly government sites (or education sites if you use site: .edu.) Add 2018 to get the most up-to-date articles.
  • New York Times: Highly regarded daily newspaper. Free articles from 1851-1922 and 1987-2017.

Human Rights Abuses Resources: 

Other Resources:

Rewordify: Make reading easy! Cut and paste difficult text into this free online app.

CBAs (Classroom Based Assessments):


 Renaissance Idol

Cornell Note Taking Form 

Renaissance Idol Assignment 2016


CBA Foreign Policy Template: Use one copy of this document for note taking & citations on each source.

Social Studies Links:

Google Cultural Institute - The Cultural Institute includes the Google Art Project, which features high-resolution images of artworks from museums in over 40 countries (request copyright permission from each individual gallery); the World Wonders Project, which presents three-dimensional recreations of world heritage sites; and archival exhibitions, many in partnership with museums around the world. 

World History American History Special History Topics
Ancient Civilizations Revolutionary War Washington State History
Greece and Rome Civil War Mideast 2001 AP Euro Hist
Renaissance Indian Education Terrorism & the Middle East
World War 1 American Foreign Policy

Ancient Civilization Links

Ancient World Cultures Worldwide
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook:

Ancient Egypt:
Discovering Egypt:
Great starting point for Ancient Egyptian!
Guardian's Egypt:
The British Museum:
Egypt Web Search:
Egyptology Resources(Univ of Cambridge,UK)
Pyramids: The Inside Story(PBS):
The Tomb of Tut(Nat Geog):

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook:
Mesopotamia (The British Museum):

Chinese History for Beginners:
Chinese Culture:
History of China:
Silk Road Foundation:


History of India:
Government Museum Chennai:
Images and info on Harappa:

Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations:
El Centro's Pre-Columbian Peoples of the Americas:
Mayan History:

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Ancient Greece and Rome
Ancient Greece: Awesome site!
The Ancient Greek World: Daily Life Greece and Rome:
Ancient Greece: Daily Life

Maecenas: Images of Ancient Rome
World History: Rome
Daily Roman Life:
The Ancient Roman World:
Ancient Rome/BBC:
Rome Project:
Forum Romanum:
Tour of Ancient Rome:
History of Plumbing (Rome):
Ancient Olympic Games

Roman Art and Architecture:
Alexander the Great:
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Renaissance Web Links

General Renaissance Links

Renaissance History:
EuroDocs:Primary Historical Docs. from W. Europe. Contains links to selected transcriptions, facsimiles and translations of Western European historical documents.

Renaissance Art:
Art History on the Web:
Google Cultural Institute, Art Project:
Web Gallery of Art:images usable for educational purposes
Web Museum of Art:
Art and Architecture from the Mediterranean Basin:
Lots of digital images of art and architecture from ancient Greece and Italy.
Uffizi Gallery:
Website of the Uffizi Gallery, founded in Florence in 1581, by the De Medici family. Contains dozens of high resolution color pictures, comments, biographies and a glossary of artistic movements & techniques.

Extended Tour of the Sistine Chapel:325 images of the Cappella Sistina
Albrecht Durer:

Raphael Sanzio:
From the Christus Rex et Redemptor Mundi virtual art museum comes this page devoted to Rapahel's work. Great number of images.
From the WebMuseum, Paris, this page on the Dutch
master Rembrandt contains some of his most famous paintings along with his life history.
Contains Vermeer's history, thumbnails of his paintings, large size pictures of his paintings sorted by popularity and a chronological index
Botticelli, Sandro:
Contains some of his most famous paintings along with his life history.
Eyck, Jan van:
This page on the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck contains some of his most famous paintings along with his life history.

Renaissance Architecture
Great Buildings:
Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Renaissance Science:
The Art of Renaissance Science
Leonardo da Vinci:
Leonardo DaVinci Museum:
IMSS - History of Science Museum - Florence Italy:Includes a multimedia catalogue of its Galileo room, a biography of Galileo, and short biographical texts of personalities connect to Galileo. Also contains Renaissance Engineers section.
Scientific Community 16th and 17th Centuries:631 detailed biographies on members of the scientific community during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Renaissance Writers/ Personalities:
Erasmus: Dictionary of Philosophy:
Erasmus: The History Guide:
Erasmus: Collected Works online:
Description of Thomas More by Erasmus:
Thomas More:

Sir Thomas More: More about More:
St. Thomas More:
Machiavelli: Dictionary of Philosophy:
Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli:
Medici Family:
Medici Family Tree:

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World War 1 Web Links

General Index Sites

World War 1: Trenches on the Web(History Channel)AWESOME!

WW1 Reference Library:

Doughboy Center: American Expeditionary Forces:

Selected Tours of WW1 Site:

Special Feature Stories Index:

The First World War:(encyclopedic reference):

The Clock:(good overview of WW1):

World War 1 Links Index:

World War 1 Links Index(British emphasis):

Canada in World War 1:

World War 1 Biographical Index( most are very short but helpful)

The Great European and World War: (good study guide):

The Great War:

The Great War and the Shaping of the 20thCentury:
(From the PBS Documentary):

The Great War Society:(Index of a variety of info):

World War Web:


The Unfortunate Region:(WW1 Battlefields):

Battle of Verdun:

The Battlefields:

The Lusitania:


World War 1 Aviation:

World War 1 Naval Battles:(Also check theLinksfor more sites):

Germany's Use of Chemical Warfare:

Primary Source Materials


World War 1 Document Archive:/

World War 1 Photographs:

World War 1 Political Cartoons:

World War 1 Propaganda Postcards:

Letters from a WW1 Soldier:

Interview with an American Veteran of the Great War:

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American History Link

American Civil War
The American Civil War Homepage:
U.S. Civil War Center:
The American Civil War (Dakota St. Univ.):
The Civil War Homepage:
Civil War Resources/ V.M.I.:
Civil War.Com:
Civil War: An Illinois Soldier:
Documenting the American South:
Selected Civil War Photographs:
The Virginia Civil War Site :
Texts About the American Civil War:

Special History Topics

Washington State History
WA St- Official Tourism Page
Travel in WA
Washington State
Seattle History-Photographs
History Link
Seattle Times-History
WA St History Museum
Univ Of WA Library

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Terrorism & Middle East Research Links
Terrorism Links
Terrorism (Vanderbilt Univ):
One-stop shopping for links to terrorism links.
Terrorism Links (Information Services Network):
A Changed World (Christian Science Monitor):
America’s War Against Terrorism (U of Michigan):
Awesome Starting Point!
Recent Terrorism Events: Background and Context (Cogressional Quarterly):
Terrorism Library:
The Terrorism Research Center:
CIA Terrorism Page:
Response to Terrorism: US Dept of State:
America Responds to Terrorism:
White House page on terrorism
The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism:
Good resource but it has an Israeli slant.
UN Responds to Terrorism:
The official UN page on terrorism
Terrorism Law and Policy( U of Pittsburgh Law School):
Terrorism (How Stuff Works):
Middle East
PBS - U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East
Middle East Review of International Affairs -Research Links Page:
Great Starting Point!
Center for Middle Eastern Studies (U of Texas):
Middle East Times:
Middle East Research & Information Project:
BBC News-Middle East:
Middle East and Jewish Studies (Columbia Univ):
Middle East News Online:
Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs:
Foundation for Middle East Peace:
Middle East-Global Issues.Org:
Imperialist Oil War in Middle East:
Strong leftwing slant but some challenging ideas about America’s role in Mid East Politics.



Crucible of Empire-PBS
Library of Congress-Hispanic Reading Room-(Search Spanish American War)
"The Spanish American War Centennial Website:
Library of Congress-Chronology
National Archives
Smithsonian-Nat History Museum
Hal W. Neuman, "Civilize Them With a Krag" (article)
John Baker, "Effects of the Press on Spanish American Relations in 1898"
"The Age of Imperialism"
New York Public Library, "A War in Perspective, 1898-1998: Public Appeals, Memory, and the Spanish-American Conflict"
Jim Zwick, "Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935" (A very rich site, ­choose any portion of it)
Lincoln Cushing, "1898-1998: Centennial of the Spanish American War"
"The Spanish American War Centennial Website: USS MAINE