Subject Areas

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Performing Arts

Visual Arts


General Resources

  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online
  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
  • Cornell University’s Guide to MLA Citation Management is Cornell University Library’s guide to citation management.
  • Doollee is a database for locating information on modern playwrights and plays written in English since 1956.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing is a comprehensive guide with rules and examples. Ask Grammar provides an opportunity to submit questions.
  • Electronic Texts
  • Indigenous People's Literature includes stories, folktales, poetry and other cultural material of indigenous peoples.  Though global in scope, there is a very strong Native American emphasis.
  • Literary Criticism, sponsored by the Internet Public Library, is searchable by literary period as well as by title of work or author's last name.
  • Literary History This database focuses on 19th and 20th century English and American authors.  It features both biographical information and criticism.
  • MLA Style Guide
  • NoodleTools
  • Online Books Pages
  • Oxford Text Archive
  • The Paris Review Interviews In addition to focusing on original creative work, the founding editors of The Paris Review found another alternative to criticism—letting the authors talk about their work themselves. The Review’s Writers at Work interview series offers authors a rare opportunity to discuss their life and art at length; they have responded with some of the most revealing self-portraits in literature. Among the interviewees are William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Didion, Seamus Heaney, Ian McEwan, and Lorrie Moore.
  • Poem Hunter has information about poetry, poets and famous quotations and is searchable by poet poem, or topic.
  • Poetry Tool has information about poetry and poets, and is searchable by poet, occasion, geographic area.
  • Project Guttenberg
  • Purdue Owl is the website for the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University and contains over 200 resources to assist students in reseraching and writing projects.
  • Vocabulary.com is full of fun and interesting ways to learn new words.
  • Voices of the Shuttle
  • Wordnik is an online dictionary proving definitions from the 2008 American Heritage Dictionary, as well as other information about a word’s frequency and use patterns.
  • World Wide Words is the site of Michael Quinion, a British etymologist and writer.  On this site, Quinion features new words, histories of old words and articles that focus on the "curiosities" of the English language.

Resources for American Literature

Resources for British Literature (See below for Shakespearean Resources)

Shakespearean Resources

Resources for Women Writers

Resources for World Literature


General Information

American History

  • Africans in America
  • American Family Immigration History Center focuses on the immigration that took place at Ellis Island, NY from 1892 thru 1924.
  • The American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress. Included here are digitized documents, photos, sound recordings and more, covering topics like women's suffrage, African-American history, the arts, politics and more.
  • American President: A Reference Resource is a collection of information on lives, policies and legacies of the Presidents of the United States produced by The Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
  • American Writers is produced by C-SPAN as a companion to a documentary and features 45 writers who "chronicled, reflected upon or influenced the course of history of our nation."
  • Angel Island Immigration is sponsored by the Angel Island Conservancy and documents the history of Angel Island (often known as the "Ellis Island of the West").
  • BlackPast.org is a comprehensive digital collection of materials relating to African American History.
  • Born in Slavery showcases slave narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938, at the Library of Congress.
  • The Civil War is a site maintained by the National Park Service with information about people, places, slavery as well as reconstruction.
  • Densho Digital Repository covers Japanese American history in photos and documents from early immigration through incarceration during World War II.
  • Digital History
  • DocsTeach, from the National Archives, is a site providing numerous primary sources materials.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute hosts a series of online exhibitions that focus on major events in American history such as letters from the Civil War, people and documents that shaped the idea of freedom in America, and Lincoln and the abolition of slavery.
  • Godey's Lady Book contains pages from the most popular American woman's magazine of the 1800s.
  • Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
  • Influenza Encyclopedia is a digital collection of materials relating to the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic as it occurred in the United States.
  • Landmark Supreme Court Decisions provides overview, key issues and significance of 14 major cases decided by the Supreme Court.
  • The Making of America, a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964 is a collection of primary sources hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society about the Civil Rights movement.
  • Oyez: U. S. Supreme Court Media is devoted to the work of the Supreme Court and contains biographical information on the justices back to the origin of the court. Cases can be located by time period or legal issue.
  • Roaring Twenties is an interactive exploration of the sounds familiar in New York City during the 1920s. [the page will launch with audio]
  • War of 1812 is a site maintained by the Indiana University Libraries with content related to events before, during and after the War of 1812.

European History

  • 1914-1918 Online is an English language virtual reference encyclopedia of the First World War.
  • BBCHistory While this site focuses on British history, it also includes additional topics in European history, including biographies of military and political leaders, and thematic historical periods such as the Reformation.
  • EuroDocs are arranged in geographic and chronological order and link to translated primary source documents in European history.
  • The European Integration History Index focuses on Europe after the Second World War.
  • Europeana 1914-1918 is a searchable site about World War I and includes letters, diaries, films and official documents.
  • The History Guide contains the lectures for the European history courses developed and taught by Dr. Steven Kreiss and cover the time periods from ancient to the 20th century.
  • Making the History of 1989 includes over 300 documents on the end of communism in Eastern Europe.
  • Mapping Gothic France uses images, maps, charts and text related to Gothic architecture to help users understand the development of France during the 12th & 13th centuries.

U. S. Politics and Government

  • American Presidents
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present opens to a search screen where you enter the information known about your subject.
  • CONGRESS.GOV includes information on the legislative branch of the US Federal Government.
  • Fedstats is a topical directory of statistical information produced by United States government agencies.
  • GovTrack.us provides information on the members of Congress and the bills and resolutions they support.
  • iCivics provides tools and games aimed at encouraging civic learning.
  • Lexis-Nexis has legal resources dating back to the late 18th century, including Supreme Court briefs and arguments.
  • President, a page managed by the University of North Carolina, with links to sites about the presidents and first ladies.
  • States Perform is a site sponsored by the Council of State Governments which provides comparative statistical information related to economics, transportation, public safety, energy, economics, etc.
  • Supreme Court of the United States has an informative website with info on current court cases, biographies of the justices, court rules as well as information on how the court functions.
  • USA.gov is another site for finding information from U.S. government agencies with a consumer-oriented format.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • The White House's official site.

World History

Women's Studies

Comparative Religion

Genocide in the Modern Age

Primary Sources


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General Resources

Biology Resources

Chemistry Resources

Physics Resources

Environmental Science Resources

  • Amazing Environmental Web Directory, is an up-to-date directory covering a wide range of environmental topics. This extensive site covers such topics as wildlife, forestry, pollution, energy, recycling, water resources, and many others.
  • Animal Info - Information on Endangered Mammals is a site that has a searchable index listing the common and scientific names of individual endangered species. Each individual entry gives information on the description, biology, distribution, population estimates, as well as threats and reasons for the decline of the species.
  • Biodiversity Hotspots focuses on the environmentally richest and most threatened ecosystems. The site is sponsored by Conservation International.
  • Earth Portal provides science-based information about the environment. The site has three components: theEncylopedia of Earth, with over 3,000 articles that have been written and reviewed by scholars from around the globe; the Earth Forum, which provides commentary and discussion on environmental issues by scholars and the general public; and Earth News, which offers news stories on environmental topics.
  • Earth Trends is maintained by the World Resources Institute and provides a comprehensive database on all aspects of environmental information, including biodiversity, population, climate, and energy, and more.
  • Energy Explained is from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration and provides a wealth of information on nonrenewable as well as renewable energy sources.
  • Environmental Literacy Council is sponspored by the ELC, which is a non-profit organization whose memebrs are teachers and scientists. The purpose of the site is to provide a balanced and scientific approach to enrivonmental issues. Over 1000 pages of background information is available on ecosystems, energy, climate, etc.
  • Environmental News Network claims to be the largest environmental news service in the world.
  • National Council for Science and the Environment posts the reports prepared by the Congressional Research Srvice for the U.S. Congress. These reports are searchable by topic. Past topics have included forestry, pesticides, biodiversity, and others.
  • Recycle City, is a project of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 9 Office is San Franscisco. It contains hands-on activities and the Dumptown game. The game allows you to be the city manager responsibile for cleaning up Dumptown and reducing the amount of trash going into landfills.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • World Wildlife Fund Since 1961, the WWF, an international organization, has been working to protect endangered wildlife and preserve wild lands.

Forensics Resources

  • Forensic Anthropology Center is website of the University of Tennessee's "Body Farm" facility.
  • Forensic Identification is a documentary about doctoral candidate Chelsey Juarez, who developed a new technique to identify the remains of migrants who die crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.
  • Nature: Crime Scene Creatures is a companion site to the PBS series centered around the science of forensic entomology.
  • Young Forensic Scientists Forum is "a group within the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) that is dedicated to the education, enrichment and development of emerging forensic scientists and future leaders of the field."

STEM Resources

  • Brain Cake is sponsored by the Carnegie Science Center as a site designed to engage young women to pursue their interests in math, science and engineering. Though the site is a bit dated, the section "Feed Your Head" has worthwhile activities.
  • STEM, developed by the Minnesota Department of Education, is designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math. It includes articles, games, and career information.

Just For Fun


Fedstats is a topical directory of statistical information produced by United States government agencies.

International Database of demographic and socioeconomic facts for 227 countries, created by the U.S. Census Bureau.

NationMaster has a wide array of statistics and allows for nation to nation comparisons.

UN Data, sponsored by the United Nations, this site provides comparative statistical data in areas such as education, health, population, trade, tourism, etc.

World DataBank is created and maintained by the World Bank and allows for the comparison of world data. 

The World Factbook, produced by the CIA, provides basic information on all countries, including statistics, maps, and flags.

International Database of demographic and socioeconomic facts for 227 countries, created by the U.S. Census Bureau.