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Discover quality websites on a range of topics and time periods.

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Crash Course World History

Crash Course World History is a perfect supplementary video overview for AP students, but it is too fast and jumpy to be the main source of learning for a class.
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Babylonia Collection Yale

The versatility of the collection makes it useful for any discipline that approaches the material to have a chance of finding artifacts or useful resources either for research or educational purposes.
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Ancient History Encyclopedia

Overall this site is a fantastic resource in terms of the vast amounts of material collected for use. The site is primarily user-generated, with a system to ensure the entries uphold the website's management team's standards.
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Africa Past & Present Podcast

The podcast could serve as a useful tool for Africa experts to stay up-to-date on scholarship, for professors in other areas to broaden their knowledge of Africa and establish relevant connections, and for students to engage in analysis of “texts” beyond the written word.
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Hypothesis

This tool provides a user-friendly way for you and your students to have conversations about primary and secondary sources through digital annotation.
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Juxtapose: Easy-to-make frame comparisons

This tool is perfect for historians because it emphasizes visual representations of change over time.
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Soundcite: Seamless inline audio

This is a great tool to use with students to have them engage with sound as historical artifacts as well as to think about how incorporating sound into your writing can enhance a historical argument.
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MapWarper

This can be a powerful tool to understand the spatial orientation of past places or events and to present spatial history projects directly onto contemporary maps.
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TimelineJS: Easy to make, beautiful timelines

TimelineJS also provides a dynamic way for students to demonstrate their understanding of change over time as well as their ability to tell stories using digital technologies.
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National Museum of China

In summation, the NMC site has a number of areas that will prove interesting to educators and most casual visitors, but overall, its main function is to provide information about the museum itself.
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Livingstone Online

While the site is primarily dedicated to digitising the famed British explorer’s works, Livingstone Online is far more than a mere repository of primary sources.

Teaching East Asia Online Curriculum Projects

The lessons provided are insightful explorations of Japanese history that strike a balance between academic rigour, accessibility, and being able to draw student attention, making them a valuable addition to any world history teacher’s toolkit.
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A History of the World in 100 Objects

Overall A History of the World in 100 Objects is a great resource to teach world history through visual culture in an accessible and succinct format for both school and college-level classes.
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Tasveer Ghar (A House of Pictures)

This database would be most useful for instructors teaching modern South Asia and for students in college-level seminars.

Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

An outstanding feature of the site is access to high resolution images and 425 oral histories.
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Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is a reference, research, and teaching tool for students and instructors interested in global art history or teaching global history through art.

Mediateca INAH

Mediateca INAH facilitates virtual engagements with over half a million interrelated digital reproductions of maps, paintings, sculptures, photographs, audio recordings, documentaries, books, as well as other textual primary sources.
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Palestinian Oral History Map

Drawing from thousands of hours of interviews from the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA), the map provides a stunning visual representation of Palestine in the 1940s, bringing interviewees’ memories of their lost homeland to life.

Lines of Struggle - Letters to President Lula

As a primary source, the letters offer an interesting and in many cases, moving glimpse into individual stories, feelings, and hopes that might not have necessarily been captured by larger, top-down historical narratives.

Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers

The Library of Congress’ collection of Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers is a rich, important archive that keeps the stories of the community and their experiences alive.