Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle  Ages
This reliable source provides 3,000 articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. It explores art, architecture, religion, law, science, language, philosophy, and theology, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
The Encyclopedia offers 600 articles on ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Included is information on art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
This dictionary provides 4000 entries on all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe. It includes comprehensive coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflicts of the period. Nearly half the entries are biographical, covering artists, thinkers, statesman, and reformers.

American Decades Primary Sources
Each volume in this 10 volume set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. It Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV, play and movie scripts, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, and more.

UXL American Decades
This series covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999, written expressly for middle school students. Each decade is covered in one volume. Topics for each decade include: Headline Makers, Topics in the News, Arts and Entertainment, Business and the Economy, Education, Government, Politics and Law, Lifestyles and Social Trends, Medicine and Health, Science and Technology, and Sports.

Colonial America Reference Library
The Colonial America Reference Library provides comprehensive information on the Colonial American period including biographical profiles and primary source documents.

Dictionary of American History
This comprehensive and reliable 10 volume reference source covers all major aspects of America from the beginning of the country until recent events.

Providence Journal Archives
This source will retrieve the full text of locally generated articles from the Providence Journal from 1983 to the present. It does not include obituaries that were printed the last several years.

World Book Early Peoples
This colorfully illustrated database has articles on early peoples worldwide such as the Aztecs and Incas, groups in Africa and Australia. It includes videos, animations and interactive activities.  An AskRI database.

American Memory
The Library of Congress offers a wealth of primary source material on all aspects of the history of United States.

History Reference Center
History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

The Encyclopedia Smithsonian has text, videos and interactive displays on many topics of American history and culture. The site contains colorful illustrations and reliable information on topics such as art and design, science and technology, advertising, food, and space history. This site also contains useful lesson plans and resources for teachers.

National Park Service 
This website is not searchable, but is great for browsing. It has colorfully illustrated information on American history, people, places and events for students and teachers and those just curious. There are also online educational games.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum
This website contains information on Native lifestyles, history, society and culture.

State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission     These online versions of the books include text, maps and many photographs of historical events and structures in the various towns of Rhode Island.

Have Fun with History  
This website features videos on topics of American history.

East Providence Historical Society
Local history, John Hunt House

Historical Local Photos
A Flickr photo collection from Providence Public Library