If you access these from home, get the passwrods from the media specialists.

Encyclopedia of World Biography

Brief biographies of notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.


If you access these databases from home, get the passwords from the media specialists.

World Book Online

Start with WBO to get an overview of the subject. You’ll find general information, Back in Time, Special Reports, Behind the Headlines, Tables, Sounds, Historical Maps, Pictures, original films, and more.



  • Enter your search term for newspaper and magazine articles, primary source documents, etc.
  • Limit (on left of results page): Select full text, publication dates, and source types.
  • Advanced Search: more search options.
  • Topic Overview: provides an overview of the topic.
  • View: original (pdf full text) form, or html full text (may be easier to read).
  • Cite (on the right): Select your citation format and copy citation.
  • For additional articles, return to the search results or use the Find Similar Results button.


Gale Databases: InfoTrac Student Edition

Student Edition is a good way to find current newspaper and magazine articles. Results are contemporary articles, books, maps, transcripts, etc. about the eras.

Gale Databases: World History Collection

This database is full of general information on every era in history. You will need a password to access this at home.

Web Sites


Biography.com contains over 25,000 brief biographies from antiquity to the present.

English Civil War

Early Stuart Libels

This Web site features early seventeenth-century political poetry from original manuscripts. Many have never been published before, and all are in the public domain.

British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638-60

This comprehensive easy-to-use Web site includes time lines, biographies, and military history.


The Enlightenment

Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment

Houdon, a French sculptor who lived from 1741 -1828 is featured in this Web site created by the Getty Museum. He “captured the character of the Enlightment, a period of revolution and social change in France and America.”

The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert

This site features an English translation of an 18th century encyclopedia. You can access the original French if you prefer.

American Revolution

An American Time Capsule

This Library of Congress collection features 28,000 primary source materials documenting broadsides (pamphlets and posters), proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus from the seventeenth century to the present. It is searchable by author, title, genre, geographic location, or keyword.

Colonial Williamsburg: Webography, Revolution

Don’t forget a great resource here at home! This comprehensive collection of links provides an in-depth overview of the Revolution. You can even access images of the Virginia Gazette that were written during the war.

French Revolution

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

This comprehensive site links to essays, images, maps, a timeline, a glossary, and songs from the French Revolution.

The Napoleonic Era

Napoleonic Caricatures

This site, created by Brown University, includes an informative timeline describing Napoleon’s adventures, and accesses original caricatures of Napoleon.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Biographical information about Napoleon with links to articals, timelines, and multimedia presentations.


PBS created this companion site for their documentary on Napoleon featuring a biography and a timeline.

Horatio Nelson

Biographical information about the British Naval commander who defeated Napoleon.

British Monarchs


This is a comprehensive biographical database of English monarchs.


J.S. Bach Home Page

This Web site features a biography, portraits, literature, his works, and links to everything Bach.

Miguel de Cervantes

The Cervantes Project

This Web site is dedicated to Cervantes. You can find a biography, a bibliography, images, additional links here.

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Cervante’s masterpiece, Don Quixote de la Mancha, is the focus of the Web site. It features translations (the original was written in Spanish) and illustrations. This site is available in either English or Spanish.


Catherine the Great

Russia Engages the World: Catherine the Great

This Web site is based on an exhibit at the New York Public Library in 2003-2004. It explores history, maps, personalities, themes, events and more pertaining to Catherine the Great.

Peter the Great

Russia Engages the World: Peter the Great

This Web site is based on an exhibit at the New York Public Library in 2003-2004. It explores history, maps, personalities, themes, events and more pertaining to Peter the Great.

Frederick the Great

WebChron: Frederick II (The Great)