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Resources

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient World Mapping Center
The Ancient World Mapping Center is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their web site presents an ever growing collection of resources for digital mapping. Currently offered is a series of shapefiles curated by AWMC as well as a collection of cultural geography metadata.

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI)
The online repository for (eventually) all cuneiform-inscribed tablets and other objects in museums worldwide!  Wonderful photos, translations, and descriptions of cuneiform tablets in Sumerian, Akkadian, and other languages/formats.  The CDLI is also a partner project of the Penn Museum Babylonian Section’s electronic Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary (http://psd.museum.upenn.edu/epsd1/index.html) project.

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL)
Translations and bibliography (as well as transliterations) given for almost 400 Sumerian cuneiform texts from the late third – early second millennia BCE.  You can search by individual words, cities, or periods!

Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives (ETANA)
An incredible series of tools and texts.  Links you to (i) ABZU, a database of journals, newsletters, and websites relating to the Ancient Near East; (ii) ETANA Core Texts, which offers full copies of Ancient Near Eastern texts (in the form of drawings, translations, and monographs/collections);  (iii) eTACT, the definitive database for Akkadian translations, and (iv) a series of Near Eastern archaeological projectssearchable via the ETANA database system.

Greek Inscriptions online database
An online collection of inscriptions from Greek antiquity.

Hestia
Using a digital text of Herodotus’s Histories, Hestia uses web-mapping technologies such as GIS, Google Earth and the Narrative TimeMap to investigate the cultural geography of the ancient world through the eyes of one of its first witnesses.

Inscriptiones Creticae online
Downloadable digital copies of Friderici Halbherr’s assemblage of Cretan inscriptions in four volumes.

LiBER Linear B Electronic Resources
LiBER (Linear B Electronic Resources) is a CNR-ISMA project which aims at producing an integrated database of Linear B documents, with the ultimate goal of providing scholars, and all those who are interested in the Mycenaean world, with an updated edition of the Linear B documents, along with a new set of search tools. Individual texts are supplied with transcriptions, critical apparatus, photographs as well as, whenever possible, with all the relevant information about findspots, scribes, chronologies, inventory numbers and places of preservation. The database can be searched by series of documents, syllabic sequences, logograms, scribes and findspots, while search results can be displayed both as lists of texts and interactive maps. At the present stage, the database contains the Linear B documents from Mycenae, Tiryns and Midea. The Knossos documents are currently being processed.

Library of Ashurbanipal Project–British Museum
The Ashurbanipal Library Project was set up in 2002 as a long-term co-operation with the University of Mosul, in Iraq, aiming to bring Ashurbanipal’s astonishing library back to life. Using modern technology, this most ancient library can be opened to new readers.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Publication Database
Cool set of exhibit catalogs, secondary sources, and image-laden coffee-table volumes. All available free, for download.

ORBIS The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World
ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World simulates the time and price costs of travel by land, river and sea across the mature imperial transportation network, notionally approximating conditions around 200 CE.

The Oriental Institute of Chicago’s Free Publication Database
Another awesome set of exhibit catalogs, primary and secondary sources, and image-laden coffee-table volumes.  All available free, for download.

Papal
PapPal facilitates the study of ancient writing by collecting images of dated papyri. Its aim is to illustrate the development and diversity of ancient scripts, and to assist in dating undated texts.

Papyri.info
Papyri.info has two primary components. The Papyrological Navigator (PN) supports searching, browsing, and aggregation of ancient papyrological documents and related materials; the Papyrological Editor (PE) enables multi-author, version controlled, peer reviewed scholarly curation of papyrological texts, translations, commentary, scholarly metadata, institutional catalog records, bibliography, and images.

Southampton University Amphora Project: Online Database
The Southampton University Amphora Project is an online introductory resource for the study of Roman amphorae. The established amphora specialist will be familiar with much of what is presented here. This is because it is aimed at archaeologists unfamiliar with amphorae, curators in museums and students interested in finding their way around the subject of Roman amphorae.

MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY

Digital National Security Archive
The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 41 collections consisting of over 101,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 712,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century. Together, these collections offer unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time. Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included.

Frontline Diplomacy
Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training at the Library of Congress makes available interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST).  These transcripts present a window into the lives of U.S. diplomats and the major diplomatic crisis and issues that the United States faced during the second half of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st.

Most of the interviews involve post-World War II diplomacy, from the late 1940s to the present day, but the collection also includes accounts of Americans involved in Iraq and Afghanistan after 2003.  It also contains interviews from special projects on oral histories, including women ambassadors, minority officers, foreign assistance officers, labor specialists, and Foreign Service spouses. New interviews are continually being conducted and added to the collection.

Vanderbilt News Archive
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.

The collection spans the presidential administrations of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The core collection includes evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004). Special news broadcasts found in the Archive include political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.

STUDY TOOLS

Dipity Timelines
Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web’s content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.

Quizlet Flashcard Maker
Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes.


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