Top 50 American History Blogs

Published by admin on November 02, 2010

The United States has had a rather eventful history — in spite of its being considered a somewhat young nation. Born out of a revolution, the United States is full of interesting turning points. History scholars have long been fascinated with the mix that has led to the rise of one of the most powerful nations ever to exist in a relatively short period of time.

You don’t have to be a history professional, though, to enjoy the history of the United States. Many people find history — specifically U.S. history — a great hobby. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the U.S., you can read some of these 50 American history blogs: [click to continue…]

17 Google Chrome Extensions Every History Nut Needs

Published by admin on October 19, 2010

If you use Google as your primary search engine; you’re in the majority. In fact, more people use Google as their search engine than any other search site, and many people use it as a home page, as well. Upgrading your Google page to Google Chrome will make your web browsing faster as well as give you lots more flexibility because of all the great extensions that are available for Chrome users. There is a Google Chrome extension for almost everything, from checking mail, to checking weather to keeping organized when away from the office.

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The 5 Best "Dot Gov" Websites About American History

Published by James on March 26, 2010

While the average US citizen might be aware of the White House or IRS website, most Americans would be surprised by the tremendous information offered online by the US Government.  Whether you are a historian, student, or a curious citizen, the Federal Government offers a wide variety of websites on US History.  These sites have the full backing of the Federal Government and can be trusted to provide accurate information written by some of the country’s leading historians.  The five best “.gov” websites about American History are as follows:

1.  National Archives and Records Administration:  All historical research must be based on factual events, and such research is strengthened with the referencing of primary, or first-hand, eye witness sources. is a gateway to the Nations treasures, including the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, as well as military records and immigration records.  Whether used for browsing or scholarly research, the National Archives is an excellent look into America’s history.

2.  America’s Library:  Published by the Library of Congress, the website “America’s Story” takes a personal look at the history of the United States, focusing on the people that played a pivotal role in the shaping of the nation. Designed for a younger audience, the site tells stories behind the history, such as what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets the night he was assassinated (a surprising and little known fact).  This site takes you beyond the textbook for a truly reviling look at the individuals that shaped American history.

3. Library of Congress:  The largest library in the world, the Library of Congress is America’s oldest cultural institution and serves as the resource for Congressional research.  Through its web portal, users can access millions of documents, photographs, and maps concerning every possible topic of American history.

4. is the official web portal of the United States.  This site serves as an excellent jumping off point to hundreds of government sites concerned with US History, including presidential history, historic documents, and historic landmarks.

5. is the nation’s doormat to the world, inviting users both at home and abroad to explore the history of the nation.  The site features “Outline of US History”, which provides a detailed chronological look at the nation’s development.  This site provides a wonderful overview of American history.

How to: Research the Web Like a Librarian Does

Published by admin on January 15, 2010

One of the benefits of being naturally able to research, hunt down, compartmentalize and cubbyhole information is that you are a cinch for a librarian’s job. Not for nothing are librarians also called information professionals. It would stand all of us in good stead if we could search the web like how a librarian does.

Each one of us has gone through the experience of searching fruitlessly for information for hours only to have our friend saunter up to us and furnish us with the exact matter by going to the right website and typing some relevant query options.

Because the internet is such a huge and complex organism that can sometimes appear to be unfathomable, you should know not only what to search for but also where to look.

In this piece, we bring you the inside dope on how to research the web like a pro. Don’t worry, we won’t go into database design and query language, stuff that an accomplished librarian skilled in searching for the truth is expected to know.

Search engines such as Google and Bing are usually the first place to go to when searching for information. We can simplify our search efforts and increase result accuracy if we know how to use search operators. There are other very useful Google products such as Google Scholar, Google Maps, Google Sets, Google Suggest, and more that we can turn to depending upon our requirements.

Apart from the all-powerful, all-purpose generic search engines, there are many niche search engines that if you are aware of will be of immeasurable help. Pipl is one such site. It lets you search for people online using their name, email, username, and phone number. The searches also throw up images to narrow down results for you.

The organic and open nature of the internet is perhaps it’s most identifiable and beautiful feature. Lovers, searchers, and preservers of information have come together to create portals of information such as Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg. The latter site is a repository of more than 30,000 free ebooks.

The Internet Archive is a massive portal of text information, archives of moving images, live music concerts, audio files, and more. What’s more, the content is downloadable so that you can save it on your machine for later reference.

Anyone who has tried searching for song lyrics has come across weird words and sometimes downright funny mondegreens. Yahoo Music is a detailed database on all things music; the good thing about the site is that you can trust the lyrics put up there because these are supplied by the music publishers themselves.

Nation Master is dedicated to gathering and displaying information on countries from all over the world. The site is a statistician’s delight and lets you compare nations across innumerable metrics. You can generate maps, graphs, and charts to better understand region-related facts and figures. Another handy database of information on countries is the CIA World Factbook. State Master is the site to visit if you wish to go data mining for facts on any of the states in America.

OpenCongress is where you can go to keep tabs on the government. The portal informs on the official details on bills, votes in the Congress and also gives insight and a larger perspective. The site is interactive, informative, and invites you to participate in fostering accountability and transparency in Congress.

Swoogle is a cool search engine that throws up results in an ontological context. Must be of use to some, I guess.