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Current Events

More current events resources. In addition, students will find a variety of information in the book series "Opposing Viewpoints" by Greenhaven Press. Each title focuses on a specific issue and includes both popular and unpopular views in a pro/con format. Search the library catalog to determine if your subject is one of the more than 145 topics covered.
  • Debatabase: A World of Great Debates
    Use this resource as a starting place to find arguments for and against a debate topic on subjects such politics, education, culture, law, economy and more. Each "motion" contains up to six points for acceptance and up to six points arguing for rejection. A bibliography contains the references used in the debate. Provided by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA).

  • Debate Central
    Provides high school CX, LD and PF debaters with multiple perspectives on debate topics, and includes links to resources, background materials and advice from experts. Maintained by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

  • Intelligence Squared US
    Watch videos of Oxford-style debates argued by leading authorities. You can read the transcripts, view the research used by the debaters and see the graphs showing pre- and post-debate voting results.

  • ProCon.org
    This site offers pros and cons of controversial issues on various topics to "provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias." Arguments are presented in a straightforward format with links to references.

  • Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
    The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press publishes the results — and, in some cases, the methodology — of selected polls on political and social issues.

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  • Geography Dictionary and Glossary
    Definitions for more than 1400 terms covering physical and human geography and related disciplines. (Note that the dictionary uses British English spelling.)

  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    Contains approximately 1.3 million names, arranged in hierarchies, including vernacular and historical names, coordinates and place types.

  • Maps

    • Outline Maps
      An educational site providing copyright-free outline maps.

    • Worldmapper
      A collection of nearly 700 color-coded world theme maps, where territories are "re-sized" according to the subject; for example, map displays showing the relative global distribution of natural resources, wealth, population, education, fuel, transportation, work, etc. Because Worldmapper is currently without funding, the maps on the site are not being updated. Some updated and new maps can be found on the Worldmapper-related research blog, Views of the World.

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  • Good Starting Points
  • Ancient
  • Historical Documents and Images
  • United States
  • Virginia

  • Good Starting Points
    • Best of History Web Sites
      This site aims to provide access to the best history-oriented online resources in categories from prehistoric to modern times. It also contains history-related games, links for maps and lesson plans and activities for teachers.

    • Calendars through the Ages
      Describes in detail human endeavors to organize time in calendar form according to Christian, Jewish, Chinese, Islamic, Mayan and other tenets. Includes an interesting "Timeline of Calendar Facts."

    • Khan Academy — History
      Video topics include an overview of US history, ancient and medieval history, the Renaissance and Reformation, Enlightenment and revolution, the recent past (1900 to the present) and John Green's "Crash Course in World History".

  • Ancient History

  • Historical Documents and Images

    • 100 Milestone Documents
      The documents in this collection were chosen to represent significant milestones in American history between 1776 and 1965. You may view an image of the original document or read the document transcription and the annotation placing it in historic context. Provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and USA Freedom Corps.

    • American Journeys
      Primary documents about the exploration of North America are offered in this digitized collection (including text and images) drawn from books from the 17th to the 20th century. Emphasis is on eyewitness accounts contained in original manuscripts, valuable geographic and cultural information and chronological listings of highlights. All material is searchable by keyword or can be refined by using drop-down topic menus.

    • Avalon Project
      The Avalon Project at Yale Law School is an online resource for documents covering law, history and diplomacy from ancient to contemporary times. When possible, links to supporting documents “expressly referred to in the body of the text” are included.

    • Famous Trials
      This collection of 75+ trials focuses on themes of free speech, murder, religion, race and war/corruption/politics. The site was created by Professor Linder of UMKC law school and includes his original commentary on the selected trials as well as trial transcripts, maps, images and other materials. The intended audience includes high school, college and law school instructors and students. Professor Linder also offers a Constitutional Law companion site which focuses on United States Supreme Court cases.

    • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
      This collection includes more than 2200 books and 7800 photographs documenting voluntary immigration to the United States. Browse topics by category or region, or search the collection by keyword. Provided by Harvard University.

  • United States History
    See also Virginia history.
    • America's Story
      Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this site provides selective images and highlights from American history. It is not designed for in-depth research, but would be suitable for elementary school students needing brief, straightforward coverage of milestones, eras or themes in our country's past.

    • Black History Month
      The LearningNetwork has compiled a rich collection of facts and diverse themes for study through timelines, headlines, biographies (over 400 brief sketches) and milestones in black history. The material is authoritative, though condensed, offering good starting points for report writing.

    • Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline
      Explore people, events and issues that helped shape the US Constitution through this timeline from the National Constitution Center. The timeline covers more than 200 years of history and uses images, audio and video clips to highlight key dates and events.

    • Digital History
      This site supports the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges. First choose a subject in the Eras section and read an overview or the digital textbook on that topic. You can also view the text of key documents, see a timeline of events and discover important people, films and music of the era. Produced by the College of Education at the University of Houston.

    • New Perspectives on the West
      Sponsored by General Motors, and produced by PBS working in conjunction with Ken Burns, this site contains material based upon an eight-part documentary television series. Archival photos, biographical sketches and interactive maps are incorporated into a survey of people, places and events involved in the exploration and settling of the American West.

    • Presidents

      • American President
        Sponsored by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, this site offers "Facts at a Glance" as well as essays on each US President. The essays include information on life before and after the presidency, campaigns and elections, domestic and foreign affairs, impact and legacy, and key events. There are also profiles of the first ladies and cabinet members. Material is geared toward high school students.

      • Library of Congress — Presidential Images

      • US Presidents
        A comprehensive resource guide with links to a wide variety of topics of information about the Presidents.

    • Shmoop — US History
      Shmoop tries to make learning about history fun for high school or college students by writing in a teen-friendly way. Most topics include an introduction, summary and analysis, timeline, facts, and information about the people who made it happen. Many of Shmoop's writers are PhDs and PhD candidates and want to help students understand why they should care about history.

    • Supreme Court: The Oyez Project
      Using sound, text and panoramic graphics, the creators of this website have fashioned a comprehensive tool for accessing Supreme Court cases focusing on constitutional law. One can scan biographies of the justices, listen to oral arguments from 1968 to the current term, browse the Cases section to see listings of cases currently before the court, review abstracts of historic decisions and more.

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