Resources for History Education

Scholarship on Teaching & Learning

  • The History of History Teaching
  • The Science of Learning
  • Teaching Critical/Historical Thinking
  • Syllabus/Course Design



Worksheets and Guides

Library of Congress, Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool
National Archives, Document Analysis Worksheets
Teaching with Primary Source, Tools for Educators

Digital Archive

Primary sources on the web: starting points
National Archives, DocsTeach
*Contains thousands of primary source documents selected from the holdings of the National Archives; they are organized by historical eras, starting with the Revolutionary period and continuing to the present.

University of Memphis Digital Archives
African American Communities
Empire Online
Everyday Life & Women in America
Medieval Family Life: the Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh Papers
Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
The First World War

Center for History and New Media, History Matters: Many Pasts
*Contains more than a thousand documents illuminating the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history.

Center for History and New Media: World History Sources
*Contains links to hundreds of digital archives devoted to all periods of human history. This collection is sorted by regions and by time periods, ranging from Africa to South Asia, and the "Beginnings of Human Society" to the post-World War II era.



The teaching of history has long been a topic of scholarly interest and debate. The literature dates back to the early part of the 20th century, and the pool of resources from which historians can draw is enormous. Those provided here are not meant to be exhaustive; instead, they are offered as a starting point for anyone interested in tuning up an old course, developing a new course, or simply learning more about a swiftly growing body of scholarship on teaching and learning.

As this site develops, you will find a list of suggested titles in the scholarship on teaching and learning, an assortment of teaching tools, links to useful digital archives, and departmental guidelines for course development.