Websites You Can Trust

General Research

The Internet Public Library (IPL)
features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines.

Digital Collections from the Library of Congress

Center for the Book
Learn about amazing books at Read a digital book, find booklists, play online games.
Poetry and Literature Center
All about poems: poetry programs, podcasts and webcasts.
American Folk life Center
Ex-slave narratives, Virginia fiddle tunes, native American song and dance are just a few of the collections of American folk life available online.
Digital Collections
The Library of Congress has made digitized versions of collection materials available online, concentrating on its most rare collections and those unavailable anywhere else.
American Memory Project
Bring the power of primary sources into the classroom.
American Memory Project lesson plans
Teacher-created, classroom-tested lesson plans using primary sources from the Library of Congress.
Performing Arts
Users can find digitized items from the collections; Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; and more.

Economic Crisis

America Public Media Marketplace
News about business, economics, and money for the rest of us.
Brookings Institute
One of Washington’s oldest independent think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, economics, governance, foreign policy, the global economy, and more.
Congressional Research Service
Find reports by the CRS on national security and foreign policy.

National Bureau of Economic Research
An American private nonprofit research organization “committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community”.
NPR Planet Money
Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.
Created under the Recovery Act to show the American public how Recovery funds are being spent by recipients of contracts, grants, and loans, and the distributio​n of Recovery entitlements and tax benefits.


Digital History
Learn about American History using our online textbook, images, primary sources, class handouts, audio and map archive, and more.
World Digital Library
Find significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
Old Bailey Online
Learn about London’s Central Criminal Court, 1674-1913.
Explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
MOA: Making of the America Digital Library
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
National Women’s History Project
Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.
Discovering American Women’s History
collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. From Pueblo potters to women engineers.


World Health Organization
Provides leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
State Health Facts
Get information on healthcare reform laws for your state.
National Center for Health Statistics
Hry health information on diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; injury and violence; specific populations; traveler health; workplace safety, etc.

Media and Communications

Entertainment Software Association
Business and consumer research data on computer and video games.
Federal Communications Commission Common Carrier Bureau
Get accurate and comprehensive data about communications services, including broadband.
Measuring the Electronic Economy: (U.S. Census)
Get stats on the electronic economy.
National Cable Television Association
Shaping policy and issues affecting the cable and telecommunications industry.
Pew Internet and American Life Project
Get information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
Recording Industry Association of America
Get information on both shipment and purchasing trends of recorded music in the United States.

Public Policy

Cato Institute
A think tank that conducts independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Center for International Comparisons
Get cross-country and inter-area comparisons of incomes and prices.
Rand Corporation
A think tank that covers health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more.

Statistics & International Information

Statistical Sources – US
Provides links to websites that compile statistics and information from US government agencies.
Statistical Sources – International
Provides links to websites that compile statistics and information about countries and governments.
Country Studies
Digital books about 101 countries and regions:The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text.
CIA: The World Fact Book
Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.