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Ancient and Medieval History Online

This database covers six ancient centers of civilizations - Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia and time periods ranging from 3 to 5 million years ago through 1522. It includes basic information as well as biographies, timelines and maps and charts.

Harper’s Weekly: 1857-1912

The definitive online version of the newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provides an essential resource for students of the period, providing insight into the political, sociological, cultural, and economic issues of the day. The database includes over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps and portraits.

OneFile: U.S. History

OneFile: U.S. History contains scholarly journals and magazines that can be used by novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. Updated daily, U.S. History offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

OneFile: World History

OneFile: World History provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

Recommended Websites for History

African-American Mosaic

A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture includes reproductions of original documents, personal stories, and ex-slave narratives and is part of the Library of Congress online exhibitions collections.

The Black Past

Online encyclopedia of African American history; includes primary documents.

Country Studies from the Library of Congress

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy

Current and historical documents including: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation and much more.

Harford Historical Bulletin Subject Index

Harford Historical Bulletin is the Harford Historical Society’s illustrated journal, which is published several times a year, and can be borrowed from HCPL. This link provides an index to help users to easily locate articles of interest in the journal.

The Library of Congress - American Memory - Historical Collections for the National Digital Library

American Memory is a “gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.” The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

Maryland State Archives

Maryland’s historical agency and central depository of government records of permanent value includes records that date from 1634 to the 1990s.

National Archives

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Thousands of historical images covering general topics, African American culture, New York and more.

Women’s History Month: Writing Women Back into History

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Remembering the Great War: World War I

With its unparalleled World War I collections, the Library of Congress is uniquely prepared to tell the story of the United States' participation in the Great War. The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war with exhibitions, lectures, symposia, film programs, recordings, publications, veterans' stories, educational tools, and research guides to the Library's remarkable World War I resources.

Recommended Websites for Biography

Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame

Legislators of Maryland, the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame seeks to honor Maryland women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural, and social life of the state and to provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow’s female leaders.

Presidents of the United States

Information and trivia on the U.S. Presidents from