Resources for History IAs & EEs

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encyclopedia britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica School: Link to Advanced level of EB. This site is good for background information and primary sources. (School id: SGSstudent)

london library

London Library: St. George’s subscription to London Library provides access to its 43 electronic databases (academic journals, books, newspapers, indexes, digital collections, and more). Includes JSTOR (see librarian for login details). Use the basic or advanced search to find articles containing key words or phrases. Narrow searches by type, dates, subject, language, etc.

General history websites

history today

History Today: Articles on all periods, regions, and themes of history. Print editions of the magazine are in the school library. For access to the Digital Editions, download the app for iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire. Open the app and enter St. George’s subscriber number: 4600139226.

world digital library

World Digital Library: Library of Congress with UNESCO and worldwide libraries, museums, educational institutions. Digitized primary sources from all countries and cultures.

british library

British Library: The Online Gallery of the British Library contains digitized maps, documents, books, and images.


Spartacus Educational: A series of History encyclopedias with narratives, illustrations, and primary sources.

alpha history

Alpha History: Topic summaries, documents, images, maps, timelines, biographical profiles, historiographical information, and online activities.

library of congress digital

Library of Congress Digital Collections: US Library of Congress digital collections- includes books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. Search by subject.

wilson center

Wilson Center Digital Archive: Contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.

avalon project

Avalon Project: Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Browse documents by century, or by subject of collection.


Europeana: Digital collection of art, artefacts, books, videos, and sounds from across Europe.

German national archives

German National Archives: Digital collection of historical documents, photos, films, maps, posters, and electronic data.

uk national archives

The National Archives: UK’s digital collection of national heritage materials.

us national archives

US National Archives: US digital collection of government and historical records.

us historical docs

US Historical Documents: US Office of the Historian’s official documentary of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.


EuroDocs: Links to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. Also includes video/sound files, maps, photographs, images, databases, and other documentation.

World War One era websites


BBC WW1: Information on the First World War including interactive guides, a virtual tour of a WWI trench, and an animation of army movements from 1914-1918.

ww1 collection

WW1 Collection: A collection of items about the First World War by Adrian Van Klaveren (Controller Great War Centenary BBC).

guardian ww1

The Guardian Interactive Documentary: Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Half-hour film with original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage.

ww1 document archive

WW1 Document Archive: Primary  and secondary documents from the Great War period (1890-1930) with an international focus.

encyclopedia ww1

1914-1918 Online International Encyclopedia of WW1: An English-language virtual reference work on the First World War.

first world war

First World War: Summary and overview of the First World War. Contains primary resources, such as newspaper articles, speeches, and official statements.

LoN photo archive

League of Nations Photo Archive: Photos of Personalities, Assemblies, Councils, Delegations, Commissions, Conferences, the Secretariat, the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Bureau International du Travail, and miscellaneous.

churchill archive

Churchill Archive: Digital versions of over 800,000 pages of original documents created and received by Sir Winston Churchill between 1874 and 1965. Requires username and password.

World War Two era websites

bbc nazi propaganda

BBC Nazi Propaganda: Digitized examples of Nazi propaganda.

German propaganda archive

German Propaganda Archive: Includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists.

us holocaust museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Documentation of the Holocaust’s victims, survivors,  & rescuers through artifacts, documents, photos, films, books, personal stories, etc.

yad vashem

Yad Vashem Digital Collections: Holocaust remembrance- victims, photos, documents, films, etc.

bbc ww2

BBC World War II: Causes, events, and people of World War Two.

dday invasion

D-Day Invasion: Digital images and text.

hitler youth

Hitler Youth: Documentation on Hitler’s Youth program.

nuremberg trials

Nuremberg Trials Project: Digitized images or full-text versions of the Library’s Nuremberg documents, descriptions of each document, and general information about the trials.

ww2 docs

World War II Documents: Yale University’s Avalon Project- WW2 primary sources.

churchill archive

Churchill Archive: Digital versions of over 800,000 pages of original documents created and received by Sir Winston Churchill between 1874 and 1965. Requires username and password.

Examples of print books in St. George’s library

Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War

Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War Book Cover Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War
Christian Leitz
Manchester University Press

This is a study of Nazi Germany's war relations to the five continental European neutrals: Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Questioning the true commitment to neutrality of the five states, the book details not simply the development of relations to Germany, but also highlights the contribution the states made to Germany's war effort. The author explains that the Nazi regime benefitted in large measure from permitting these five countries to remain neutral. Even while Germany's military fortunes were declining in 1943 and 1944, it continued to receive vital services from the neutrals.

The First World War, 1914-1918

The First World War, 1914-18 Book Cover The First World War, 1914-18
Vyvyen Brendon
Hodder Education

The First World War 1914-18 Examining the First World War from a European and world perspective, this text evaluates the causes of the war and the aims, strengths and weaknesses of the major combatants. The war on all fronts is examined in the light of recent research and the experience of the participants is reflected through the primary source materials. The reasons for victory and defeat and the impact of four years of total war are also analysed.

The Second World War

The Second World War Book Cover The Second World War
Antony Beevor
George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative.

The First World War: An Illustrated History

The First World War Book Cover The First World War
A J P Taylor
Penguin UK

A. J. P. Taylor was one of the most acclaimed and uncompromising historians of the twentieth century. In this clear, lively and now-classic account of the First World War, he tells the story of the conflict from the German advance in the West, through the Marne, Gallipoli, the Balkans and the War at Sea to the offensives of 1918 and the state of Europe after the war. Containing photographs and maps, this an essential history of the war that 'cut deep into the consciousness of modern man'.

The Origins of the Second World War

The Origins of the Second World War Book Cover The Origins of the Second World War
A.J.P. Taylor
Penguin UK

One of the most popular and controversial historians of the twentieth century, who made his subject accessible to millions, A.J.P. Taylor caused a storm of outrage with this scandalous bestseller. Debunking what were accepted truths about the Second World War, he argued provocatively that Hitler did not set out to cause the war as part of an evil master plan, but blundered into it partly by accident, aided by the shortcomings of others. Fiercely attacked for vindicating Hitler, A.J.P. Taylor’s stringent re-examination of the events preceding the Nazi invasion of Poland on 1st September 1939 opened up new debate, and is now recognized as a brilliant and classic piece of scholarly research. ‘Highly original and penetrating ... No one who has digested this enthralling work will ever be able to look at the period again in quite the same way’ Sunday Telegraph.

Russia’s First World War

Russia's First World War Book Cover Russia's First World War
Peter Gatrell
Pearson Education

Peter Gatrell tells the story of Russian experience of World War One, focusing on the economic & social changes that resulted from the conflict.

The First World War

The First World War Book Cover The First World War
Geoffrey Jukes, Michael Hickey, Peter Simkins,
Osprey Publishing

Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.