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      academic searches
2. Searching for a Book  or Document
      (or image)?
3. General magazine type  search sites
4. Websites for schools
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1. The best places to start a search                                                                                go to top of page



In recent years the growing abilities of the main Search engines such as Google and Bing have made it possible for more specific searches to deliver much more reliable results. However sometimes it is still better to have a "history" focus for the search that will provide a better targeted result. These sites should help with this:


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2. Searching for a Book or Document?      go to top of page                                                                              


Looking for a Book?

  • Google Book Search
    This has become an increasingly valuable tool for casahistorians. Click on the logo alongside to go to a results page linked to this site. You can narrow your search further by using the search box. Instructions on how best to use Google Book Search can be found below.

    Each book includes an 'About this book' page with basic bibliographic data like title, author, publication date, length and subject. For some books you may also see additional information like key terms and phrases, references to the book from scholarly publications or other books, chapter titles and a list of related books. For every book, you'll see links directing you to bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it. Books are available to view at different levels:

             Most useful are:

  • Full View: You can see books in Full View if the book is out of copyright, or if the publisher or author has made the book fully viewable. The Full View allows you to view any page from the book, and if the book is in the public domain, you can download, save and print a PDF version to read at your own pace.
  • Limited Preview: If the publisher or author has given permission, you can see a limited number of pages from the book as a preview. Usually there are enough pages available to make this worthwhile.

  • Remember then to show at Full & Limited preview settings

             Less Useful

  • Snippet View: The Snippet View, like a card catalog, shows information about the book plus a few snippets – a few sentences to display your search term in context.
  • No Preview Available: Like a card catalog, you're able to see basic information about the book.
  • Google Scholar Search All of the above are probably found most easily through this dedicated Google search engine. Articles though include paid for as well as free access items. In the settings you can ask to have the info for correct citations from the item selected.


  • Your local library membership - Overdrive Access this through your own local library. Many libraries are now part of the Overdrive digital ebook lending programme. Many of the libraries have an extensive range of History books to borrow. Have a look and be surprised! Whilst there see what else your library entitles you too. Many college and institutional library membership entitles you to read academic publications online free of charge.
  • The Online Books Page This is a very useful index to History Books (and sites that publish history ebooks) published free on the web.
  • Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 which now has a library of over 16,000 free books. However: they are out of copyright, hence this is a useful source of older, writings. Good for contemporary books from the past.
  • Electronic Text Center University of Virginia Library. Limited but worthwhile project. Very good on 19th century writing (and newspaper). Also includes valuable Native American resources. For ebook topics click here
  • Questia was one of the first online library to provides 24/7 access to the world's largest online collection of (in and out of copyright) books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. It is a subscription service but you can search each and every word of all of the books and journal articles in the collection. and you can read every title cover to cover.


Looking for a Document?

The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use:

  • History on the Web from the University of Washington Libraries. Very full listing by topic of (mainly) documentary sites. Many of the sites are run as academic archives and may require registration. Nonetheless a valuable resource
  • CVCE (Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe)  This is a documentation and e-research centre in European studies funded by the European Union. Good source of documents connected with the Cold War and post-war Europe. If it appears in French look for the flags top left and select your language.

Looking for an image?

Google/Bing image search of course, but may be too general.....


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3. General magazine type sites for browsing  go to top of page   


Web based:
  • Digital history Interesting site with a focus on how best to use digital technology and (mainly US) history.
  • Eyewitness to history:  History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming. Stylish and good for a browse - even if not comprehensive, key areas covered
  • BBC history Online Enormous. Not really a TV site despite being by the BBC. Set up as part of the BBC drive to be an "online broadcaster" and probably the web's single most comprehensive site. Explore the local BBC subwebs for further depth (although the size of the site makes full interrogation difficult. Find a web search engine and use that.) It also has links to the BBC schools History pages. Some of the site may be short-lived as the BBC cuts down its more "commercial" sites (following pressure by commercial (mainly subscription) web sites) - many of the school sites have already gone for this reason.
  • HistoryNet US conflict focused, free access magazine site.
  • Breaking News Useful site from History News Network which posts recent global news items related to History, but has a US focus.
Press based:
  • History Today A subscription site but each month a few articles and most magazine regulars are provided free of charge. The archive of older (many free access) articles is also very useful.
  • History Extra  The official website of BBC History Magazine. Much is free access and well worth a visit for its quizzes, magazine items and brief reviews as well

TV focused:

  • PBS History Well produced "articles", usually linked to recent US TV history series. However, there are many more sites than appear in the general index. Some exploration is needed..... The Education (Social Sciences) subweb has further useful sites.
  • History Channel (US) and History Channel (UK) Sites have articles on themes linked to current TV programmes. Well presented but also short-lived, vanishing when the series ends....
  • Discovery History Again, lavish productions often TV linked (but does have a good "news" section), vanishing when a series ends.



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4. Websites for schools        go to top of page


  • Spartacus Good link pages to educational resources. UK bias but excellent on World Wars, Vietnam, links to women in History and always adding new sites. Very good mix of content, sources and images.
  • Unfortunately the site has recently changed all it's addresses without providing forwarding links. A real pain if like casahistoria you have provided Spartacus links to students.....
  • Historyworld Provides sound basic narrative accounts of histories and a small selection of articles - but for clarity of overview use the test version of each page - not the interactive.
  • History 101 A site to dip into and look around for a somewhat mixed menu of items on history
  • BBC schools sites:
  • History on the Net Given a facelift, the site is comprised of four main sections: Subject information linked to the UK National Curriculum; lesson ideas for use in the classroom; a reference section with an A-Z of History, Timelines and links to other History sites; and a games section with History quizzes, puzzles and interactive activities.
  • johndclare.net Designed for school use primarily and set out in a very structured manner with each section having a basic narrative and documents with links to key areas in the format of the current guided learning UK style textbooks (includes the exercises used by the school - good practice!).
  • UK National Archives Websites and teacher guides on key subjects using documentary material as the core. Student section on study skills.
  • Britannia: British History A comprehensive history guide (from the US) for those interested in studying British history featuring timelines, narrative histories, original document, biographies, maps, glossaries, reading lists and informative articles.
  • Open University  The UK Open University has units that may be of value to more advanced GCE and IB students.


Young casahistoria website for 11-18 year olds. Many pages of links to school curriculum topics. Includes a History Search Page designed especially for schools.
  (I)GCSE exam revision Revision tips and interactive tests that you can mark yourself from casahistoria.
  IB, K12 & A level revision page something from casahistoria to help with your IB & A level revision. These casahistoria netguides are mainly in note form and are easy to follow. They should be used in conjunction with your own reading, notes and research from casahistoria weblinks

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