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    AllSides / Allsides Media Bias Chart

    Allsides is an essential and multifunctional program for promoting media literacy, critical thinking, and civil discourse. The AllSides News Page curates daily news stories by topic categories and with left-center-right bias ratings. 

    American Archive

    We are a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress with a long-term vision to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.

    America In Class: from the National Humanities Center

    The National Humanities Center presents America in Class®: primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history and literature teachers.  

    ArtsEdge

    Since the Kennedy Center’s opening in 1971, schoolchildren, parents and educators have turned to us as the nation’s premier cultural resource. Embracing this responsibility, the Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies.

    The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

    The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.

    BioInteractive

    Biointeractive provides multimedia science resources for secondary and college educators as well as students. Materials include short films, lectures, virtual labs, tutorials, apps, click-and-learns, and teacher guides. This easy-to-use site is filled with an abundance of materials for Chemistry, Ecology, Organisms, Biology, Genetics, Scientific Process, Evolution, AP Biology, and more

    Book Creator

    Book Creator allows students to engage in the real-world application of online publishing. Both students and educators can create and publish fiction, non-fiction, comic books, picture books, how-to guides, and more.

    CIA World Factbook

    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.  

    ClassHook

    ClassHook is the best place to find educational clips from popular TV shows and movies.

    Colorado Encyclopedia

    To ensure the Encyclopedia is relevant to students and educators in the state's school system, it includes entries and essays leveled for 4th-, 8th-, and 10th-grade students and curricular materials such as primary sources and annotated resource sets. The Encyclopedia includes information for scholars and researchers interested in an in-depth understanding of the state's development.

    Creative Commons

    Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis. Our vision is to help others realize the full potential of the internet.

    Data USA

    Data USA puts public US Government data in your hands. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA to answer your questions.  It allows millions of people to conduct their own analyses and create their own stories about America – its people, places, industries, skill sets and educational institutions. Ultimately, accelerating society’s ability to learn and better understand itself.

    Digital Public Library of America

    DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. 

    DocsTeach

    DocsTeach is a product of the National Archives education division. Our mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all learners to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives.  DocsTeach provides audio, video, charts, graphs, maps, and more.

    Euro Docs

    Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. In addition, you will find video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation. The sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social, and cultural).

    The Global Goals

    Global Goals is home to the world’s largest lesson! The site introduces students to the 17 sustainable development goals agreed upon by world leaders for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change.

    Global Oneness Project

    The Global Oneness Project believes in the power of stories. The site houses a rich library of free interdisciplinary multimedia stories incorporating award-winning films, photo essays, and articles, and includes a companion curriculum for teachers. With timely topics such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability, the site emphasizes our common humanity and facilitates the development of students’ critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills.

    Google Earth

    Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery.

    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

    You can locate artwork from a certain region by clicking on a world map; select an era on a timeline, or search for specific pieces by entering qualifications like name, artist, material, or technique. A Thematic Essays section features written background and slideshows of different styles, movements, artists, and time periods. You can also select a general category, department, geographical region, or time to find what you're looking for. 

    History.com

    Watch full episodes of your favorite HISTORY series, and dive into thousands of historical articles and videos. To know History is to know life.

    JSTOR

    JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articlesbooks, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.  We help you explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform.

    Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

    NASA  /  NASA for Students

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. 

    NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet

    The mission of Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet is to provide the public with accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, one of the world’s leading climate research agencies.

    National Archives  /  National Archives: Research by Topic

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. It is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records. 

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. 

    The National Museum of American History

    The National Museum of American History collects artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve for the American people an enduring record of their past. The Museum has more than 1.8 million objects in its collection and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections.

    The National WWII Museum - New Orleans

    Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world.

    NewseumED

    Newseum is more than a physical museum in Washington D.C. Its NewseumED educational website contains primary sources, historical videos, and other resources that cover media literacy and civics. 

    Our Documents

    To help us think, talk, and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly, our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

    Open Educational Resources (OER)

    Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing, as well as for research purposes.  There is no universal usage of open file format in OER. 

    PBS Newshour Extra

    Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. Extra’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”

    Pew Research Center

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency, and innovation.

    Pixabay

    Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

    Poets.org

    Search our curated collection of over 9,000 poems, over 2,500 poet biographies, as well as essays about poetry, and some of the most important books, anthologies, and textbooks about the art form ever written.

    ProCon.org

    ProCon.org is a nonpartisan website that provides users with unbiased information about controversial issues. Its primary goal is to promote critical thinking and educate citizens so they can make informed decisions about important issues.

    Project Diana

    Project Diana is an addition to Yale Law School's The Avalon Project. It includes links to human rights documents.

    Science Friday

    Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff.

    Smithsonian Institution

    Official website of the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers, and affiliates around the world.

    Smithsonian's History Explorer

    History Explorer's resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. 

    Spartacus Educational

    Spartacus Educational is a free online encyclopedia with essays and other educational material on a wide variety of historical subjects.

    TPS-Barat: Primary Source Nexus

    Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, since 2004 TPS-Barat has provided free, engaging, inquiry-based learning materials that use Library primary sources to foster understanding and application of civics, literacy, history, math, science, and the arts.

    Unsplash

    All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

    USA.gov

    USA.gov is your online guide to government information and services.

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. 

    Wilson Center Digital Archive

    The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. 

    World Digital Library

    The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.