Geography and History Information

Geography and Country Studies

CIA World Factbook

Have you ever wondered how many telephones there are in Luxembourg (no, really, that’s an actual statistic here)? The CIA World Factbook has a ton of information on every country you can think of, and some you might not have known were countries. Learn about world cultures, governments, economies, and geographies.

Country Studies

“The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world” (from the website, 12/11/2014).


Take a look at what’s going on in Time Square New York, Hamburg Germany or Istanbul Turkey via live webcams.

Global Gateway

Here the Library of Congress provides a Global Gateway to a ton of valuable digital collections and world culture resources.

Google Earth

View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths of the ocean. While Google Earth is a free service, using it requires a software download. If you do not want to download new software, try using Google Maps as an alternative. Find directions, photo tours, and street views for locations around the world.

National Geographic

Find stunning photographs, videos, maps, and information from one of the best geography sources.

National Park Service

The United States has a great diversity of natural beauty, and the National Park Service seeks to preserve that diversity for Americans to enjoy for years to come. On the National Park Service website, find information about the different parks, visit the Explore Nature section to see stunning photographs and learn about the geology and biology of the national parks. The Discover History section includes more than just the natural splendor of America. It also covers battlefields, cultural landmarks and historic buildings.

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets

Find the latest on US relations with any country on this State Department website.

World Public Opinion

Do you wonder what Germans think of the U.S.? What about the most popular form of government in Asia? Find out what popular opinion polls around the world have to say. This website, the product of an international collaborative project, is an ideal resource for anyone interested in current world events.

Check local, national, and international news sources for the most recent current events that shape our world.


American History

African American History Month

While February is Black History Month, you can learn about the history of African Americans from this website any time of the year.

American Journeys

Read the stories of early Americans from the founding of the colonies to the period of the Early Republic.

American Women Through Time

This women’s history website chronicles important women, and events in women’s history, mostly through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Discovering American Women’s History Online

“This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s” (from their page, 12/11/2014).


Great disasters impact and shape history. Browse by location, time, and type of disaster to read articles and see images of some of the greatest fires, floods, explosions, and accidents of American and Canadian history.

Historical Census Browser

If you are looking at the historical population of the US, or individual states, this University of Virginia website should be of use. It provides census data from 1790-1960.

Library of Congress American Memory

The Library of Congress’ American Memory site links to collections of resources by topics related to American history and culture. One collection is the American Environmental Photographs Collection, a collection of photographs from 1891-1936 showing the American landscape at the turn of the 20th century. Their Today in History gives a snapshot of what happened in history on today’s date.

NAACP: 100 Years of History

The NAACP website has a considerable Black History section as well as current events connected with the organization’s advocacy work.

National Archives

The National Archives offers access to a large collection of primary sources, public records, significant documents of American government history, and resources to help teachers use these resources in their classrooms. Search or browse their holdings through the Access to Archival Databases.

National Women’s History Project

The Women’s History Project seeks to re-introduce women to the mainstream historical narrative. (Paraphrased from their About Us page, 11/25/2013)

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklore Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. (Taken from their About page, 11/25/13)

Local History

See the Tennessee and Local Interest page.


Oral History


StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklore Center at the Library of Congress.

Talking History

The Aural History Project has recordings from all kinds of people. There are news reports from the 30s and interviews from the 60s. They also have a radio show you can listen to on their site.

World History

The Ancient Web

The AncientWeb provides interactive tools to learn more about ancient cultures through text, images, videos, and maps. This is a great resource for students and teachers.


This website tracks world rulers, be they heads of government, heads of state, or something else, as far back as 1700. A very interesting project.

First World

This site provides a great basis for understanding WWI. It covers many aspects of the war, from start to finish.

World War I Document Archive

This website, created by volunteers of the World War I Military History List, contains a large number of primary sources regarding the First World War and links to many excellent online World War I websites.

National WWII Museum

This is the website for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Take a look at the exhibits and read about World War II here.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This site contains a huge number of resources for studying the Holocaust, and there is a section or resources specifically for educators. The Holocaust Encylopedia links you with multimedia articles on a variety of related topics. Warning: There are some graphic pictures inside.

Gifts of Speech

Sponsored by Sweet Briar College, this website presents a number of important speeches by famous women from around the world and throughout history.

History in the News: The Middle East

Find information about the Middle East’s history, culture, religions, politics and more on this SUNY Albany website.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Have you ever wondered what the first Google webpage looked like? What about Amazon or EBay? The Internet Archive can take you back in time, virtually speaking. Note: This should not be confused with the National Archives at

LIFE Picture Collection

“Tap into some of the world’s most recognizable imagery, from one of the truly iconic magazine archives of the 20th century. The collection documents past cultural and political events, as well as the celebrities who helped shape our modern world – perfect for creating retrospectives and adding respected historical reference to your coverage” (from the page, 12/11/2014).



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