Historic Resources on the Web
A historical document that was created at or near the time of events studied, by a known person, for a known purpose. The list of websites below offers you, the student, the opportunity to browse historic material that may enable you to complete homework, project work and help with coursework and the Controlled Assessment. The majority of the sites are free; however some have links to websites that require a subscription.
NB: Sources must be selected wisely; the key is to get a range of sources - not just a number!
The National Archives online
Key Stage Interest - 4/5: Search the Cabinet Papers and you can get an insight into British political thinking and policy between 1915 and 1980. You can search the papers by theme and a lot of material is now declassified (i.e. used to be top secret!).
The History Guide
Key Stage Interest - 3/4/5: Excellent summary of other websites -An American site, however it is global in reach and includes hyperlinks to all recommended sites. A very good place to start; it has links to collections of sound recordings, photographs, newspapers and many other material.
Key Stage Interest - 3/4/5: The Bibliotheque Nationale (French National Library) has thousands of documents, maps, manuscripts, images, periodicals, musical scores and sound recordings - importantly it has a good English service.
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Key Stage Interest - 4/5: An excellent site containing numerous links to primary documents and other sites. There is a very good ‘How to read source’s’ section and a series of articles on what questions an historian should ask in evaluating a source.
Key Stage Interest - 4/5: Wikipedia style collection of links to other websites full of primary sources, especially useful for German History.
Key Stage Interest - 5: Provides an easy way to broadly search for scholarly literature. It enables you to search diverse topics, find articles, locate the document and learn about scholarly literature in any area of research. Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published; who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently is has been cited in other scholarly literature.
Quarry Bank Mill
Key Stage Interest - 4: The site for Quarry Bank Mill at Styal provides a GCSE resource pack that gives more insight to life and work at the mill that could help enhance your Controlled Assessment; the information is downloadable in a PDF format.