Useful Web Links

About this collection

Like the Web itself, this page will always a work in progress. I've collected below links to websites that seem to me especially interesting and helpful for the various subjects on which I work, with special emphasis on environmental history, historical geography, and environmental studies generally.

These are in no particular order, but I've tried in general to place the broadest and most comprehensive sites toward the top of these lists. It should probably go without saying that I don't necessarily agree with or vouch for the content of all of these sites, but I have generally found them richer and more useful than many others on the Web.

Please contact me if you think others should be added, or if you find broken links that I've not yet discovered.

Environmental History Sites

American Society for Environmental History:

Center for Culture, History, and Environment of the UW-Madison Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies:

Environment and History:


European Society for Environmental History:

Forest History Society:

Environmental History Resources:

Carolyn Merchant's Environmental History: Explore the Field:

Environmental History Virtual Library:

Environmental Protection Agency Envirofacts Data Warehouse:

Environmental Protection Agency History:

U.S. National Park Service History:

U.S. Forest Service History:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service History:

Harvard Forest:

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University:

Library of Congress American Memory Site on Evolution of Early Conservation Movement:

Spencer Weart's Discovery of Global Warming:

St. Andrews University Research Centre for Environmental History and Policy:

Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson:

General History Sites

American Historical Association:

Organization of American Historians:

Canadian Historical Association:

National Council on Public History:

Library of Congress:

National Archives:

Center for History and New Media:

History News Network:

Digital History: A Guide:

Library of Congress American Memory Website:

University of Kansas Digital History Website:

Yale University Senior Essay Handbook:

Zachary Schrag's Guidelines for History Students: (look under Guidelines for History Students)

Statistical Abstracts of the United States:

Census On-Line:

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet:

Uchronia Alternate History List:

Geography and Map Sites

Association of American Geographers:

United States Geological Survey:

U.K. Ordinance Survey:

U.S. National Atlas:

U.S. National Atlas of 1970:

NASA Visible Earth:

Louis J. Maher's Geology by Lightplane:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Maps:

National Geographic Society:

Royal Geographical Society:

ESRI GIS and Mapping Software:

Journal of Historical Geography:

Historical Geography:

Google Earth:

Google Maps:

Microsoft Live Search Maps:


U.S. Census Bureau:

U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder:

CIA World Factbook:

American Planning Association:

U.S. Board on Geographic Names:

U.S. Census Bureau Gazeteer:

U.S. Census County and City Data Book:

Place Names:

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections:

Library of Congress Panoramic Maps or Birds'-Eye Views:

David Rumsey Map Collection:

University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection:

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum:

Europe Maps:

Open History European Historical Atlas:

Oddens' Bookmarks, "The Fascinating World of Maps and Mapping":


Sperling's Best Places:

General Environmental Sites

Environmental Directory:


Conservation Directory (National Wildlife Federation):


Wilderness Society:

Trust for Public Land:

Conservation Campaign:

Land Trust Alliance:

Sierra Club:

Nature Conservancy:

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Ecological Society of America:

Environmental Careers Organization:

Student Conservation Association:

Environmental Leadership Program:

Orion Magazine:

Wildlands Project:

Urban Wildlands Group:

Urban Land Institute:

Cultural Landscape Foundation:

Center for Land Use Interpretation:


Scorecard (find out toxic releases in any zip code):

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

Climate Ark:


Cryosphere Today (real-time views of polar ice caps):

Alternative Technology Association:

Centre for Alternative Technology:

Digital Text and eBook Sites

Project Gutenberg:

Project Gutenberg Australia (has books still under copyright in U.S.):

Google Book Search:

MobileRead News (best source on mobile eBook technologies):

University of Virginia Digital Collections:

University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page:

University of Michigan Making of America Digital Library:

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research:

Internet Public Library:



Bartleby Great Books Online:


Memoware eBooks for PDAs:

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections:

Great Books and Classics:

Historical Text Archive:


Web of American Transcendentalism:

100 Milestone Documents of American History:

Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents:

Library of Economics and Liberty:

William Blake Archive:

Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls:

Ralph Waldo Emerson Complete Works:

William Faulkner:

Grand Canyon Bibliography:

William James Writings:

Marxists Internet Archive:

John Muir Writings:

Native American Resources on the Internet:

Edgar Allan Poe Writings:

Thoreau Reader:

Digital Photography Sites

Popular Photography:

Steve Digicams Reviews:

Norman Koran Digital Photography Tutorials:

Imaging Resource:

Digital Camera Resource Page:

Picnik Online Photo Editing Tools:

A Few Scanning Tips (wonderful basic guide to scanning techniques):

Wisconsin and Middle West Sites

Center for Culture, History, and Environment of the UW-Madison Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies:

UW-Madison Department of History:

UW-Madison Department of Geography:

UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies:

Wisconsin Historical Society:

Turning Points in Wisconsin History:

Dictionary of Wisconsin History:

Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey:

Thematic Maps of Wisconsin:

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

UW-Madison Environmental Remote Sensing Center:

Great Lakes Information Network:

Great Lakes Environmental Atlas:

Minnesota Historical Society:

Chicago Historical Society:

Encyclopedia of Chicago:

UW-Madison Campus Map:

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve:

Cultural Landscape of the UW-Madison Campus:

Introduction to the Public Land Survey System:

Wisconsin Public Land Survey Maps:

Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory Maps (1930s):

Wisconsin Blue Books:

Wisconsin Ecology and Natural Resources Collection:

Wisflora: Wisconsin Vascular Plant Series:

Teaching and Education Sites

Chronicle of Higher Education (you have to subscribe, but a great resource):

Beloit College Mindset Lists:

Louis Shmier's Complete Random Thoughts about Teaching:

Reference Sites



Internet Public Library:

Merriam-Webster Online:

UW-Madison Writing Center Writer's Handbook:

UW-Madison Writing Center Website:

Online Etymology Dictionary:

Visual Thesaurus:

How Stuff Works:

YourDictionary: (comprehensive portal to U.S. government information sources):

Myth and Metaphor:

Internet Movie Database:

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:

Behind the Name (Etymology and History of First Names):

Catholic Encyclopedia:

New Yorker Cartoon Bank:

Bartlett's Quotations, 1919 Edition:


Quotation Reference:

Quote Garden:

Baby Name Wizard:

David Allen's Getting Things Done:

ChemiCool Periodic Table of the Elements:

Online Conversions:

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy:

Human Anatomy Online:

Top Secret Recipes:

Intriguing and Exemplary Sites

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve:

Anne Spirn's West Philadelphia Project:

Monticello Explorer:

Language of the Land:

Built St. Louis:

Manhattan Timeformations:

Photosynth demo:

E-Newsletters Actually Worth the Space They Take in Your Inbox

NASA Earth Observatory (great recent satellite images):


Internet Scout Project (weekly review of great websites, many of them environmental):

Chronicle of Higher Education (you have to subscribe, but a great resource):

History News Network: