Thursday, January 28, 2010

History Matters: An Online History Reference Tool Worth Checking Out

History Matters - From classroom lessons to primary sources, from forums with historians to puzzles, this site is a highly regarded reference tool for educators and students. For History Day students, the "Many Pasts" and "Making Sense of Evidence" areas alone make it worth a visit.

"Many Pasts" contains more than 1,000 primary source image, print, and audio documents, screened by historians and complete with annotations, that focus on ordinary Americans through time. It's searchable by topic area, keyword or collection.

"Making Sense of Evidence" helps students and teachers make effective use of primary sources. “Making Sense of Documents” provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. “Scholars in Action” segments show how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, allowing you to try to make sense of a document yourself, then providing audio clips in which leading scholars interpret the document and discuss strategies for overall analysis.

In "Talking History," you can hear prominent historians on a variety of topics, including Richard White on the American West and Alan Brinkley on the Great Depression and the New Deal.

To get a good overview of the many resources this site offers, click "more about this site" on the home page. The site was developed by the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

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