When you're browsing for books in the library, here are some good sections to check out. Remember: you can always use the library catalog to search for a specific topic, and the reference section on the balcony is a great place to get information for a paper.
Also, we now have ebooks for you to read online! Just click the link to start reading. Only one person at a time can have each book, just like a paper copy. Please remember to hit the "close book" button when you're finished so the next person can have a turn!
18th/19th Century Polar Expeditions
This website is a wide ranging collection of information about the South Pole’s geography, inhabitants, and exploration.
From the government of Norway’s official website, this is a relatively short, introductory biography of Roald Amundsen, South Pole explorer.
Secrets of the Dead: Tragedy at the Pole
This article describes the race to the South Pole between Amundsen and Robert Smith. Amundsen won that race; however, he's also accused of basically having cheated. Decide for yourself.
This website has a great timeline of exploration, biographies of explorers, and lots of general information about Antarctica.
Smithsonian: Who Discovered the North Pole?
This article from the Smithsonian describes the debate about whether Frederick Cook or Robert Peary actually discovered the North Pole.
There's lots to see on this website - including information about the geography, ecosystems, and ocean currents of North Pole. What you might be most interested in is the timeline of Polar exploration that outlines who was exploring and when.
North Pole Maps
From the Map Center at the Boston Public Library, here are some historical maps of the North Pole.
The North Pole Expeditions of Robert E. Peary, USN
Established by Peary’s estate, this website has tons of great biographical information about Peary, as well as detailed timelines, maps, and information about each of his expeditions. It also has a photo gallery and excerpts from Peary’s diaries.
National Geographic: North Pole Expedition Photos
This page is full of photos of Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole.
National Maritime Museum: Exploration, Adventure, and Tragedy
Information, including a timeline, about various explorations of the Poles. Each exploration has its own page, with lots more detail, so be sure to click around.
Along with Peary, Henson discovered the North Pole. This website (while a little bit cluttered with shopping opportunities for Henson collectibles) has lots of exclusive photos, links to newspaper and magazine articles, and some video and radio interviews you can listen to.
British Library: The Search for a Northwest Passage
Broken down by time periods, each part of this website has a short article and an image gallery.
Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage
From Princeton University, this website has a huge collection of maps, images, photographs, and other media about Polar exploration.
Surviving Misery in the Frozen North
In case you thought Arctic exploration was much fun, read this excerpt from a book about Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, commander of an exploratory mission that became trapped in the ice for two years. Spoiler alert: it involves eating rats and getting scurvy.
Sir John Franklin's Last Expedition: A Medical Disaster
More tales of horrible things happening to arctic explorers. This article describes the process of digging up and discovering the fate of Sir John Franklin's crew. It involves tuberculosis, starvation, and of course, scurvy.
'The Man Who Ate His Boots': An Arctic Tragedy
More about Sir John Franklin's crew, who, it turns out, also turned to cannibalism in their last days. This is a radio program.
Review: The Man Who Ate His Boots
The New York Times review of the book 'The Man Who Ate His Boots', a book about Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition. Remember to also listen to an interview with the author, which you can find above this link.
Myths: Prometheus, Pandora, Icarus
Theoi Greek Mythology
Especially for some of the more specific topics, this would be your best bet to start. They cover nearly every aspect of The Odyssey, in a lot of great detail. It's also a nice looking website, and really easy to find things on.
Encyclopedia Mythica is basically like having another database (one that's only about myths). There are several articles about Odysseus and his adventures. Keep an eye on how many votes each article gets -- readers vote on the most helpful ones, so you can get an idea of which articles might be best for you.
Bullfinch's The Age of Fable
The Age of Fable is actually a book -- a very useful one. It's such an old book that it's not copyrighted anymore, which means you can access it online, for free. When Bullfinch says "fable" what he means are myths, specifically Greek and Roman myths. He is very thorough, and he covers even very minor characters in myth.
A Cultural History of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
A look at the Prometheus myth and how it relates to Frankenstein.
Pomona College Museum of Art: Jose Clemente Orozco's Prometheus
This website is all about one particular work of art, a depiction of Prometheus. There's information about the Prometheus myth, information about the artwork, and information about the artist.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Classical Mythology
This is actually the website for an art history class at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Each section of the website (and there's a section for each of the characters you'll be looking for) has a gallery of artworks. This is a great website for finding images to put in your presentation.
The Worlds of Burke and Hare
Exhaustive collection of everything we know about Burke and Hare.
The Royal Mile: Burke and Hare
THis website about famous Scots has a detailed chronology of Burke and Hare’s descent into murder, capture, and Burke’s execution. There are quite a few images here as well (a photo of Burke’s skeleton, a drawing of his hanging, etc.)
Science Museum: Using the Dead
From an online science museum, a history of how and why humans have used dead bodies.
History of the Autopsy
From an actual funeral home, a history of the autopsy and of human dissection (which, after all, is what started the bodysnatching craze).
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
A fantastic, fascinating read about bodysnatching in the 19th century.
Lawsuit Filed Against UCLA for Alleged Body Parts Sales
A modern example of body snatching.
18th/19th Century Changes in Medicine and Science
A Cultural History of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Medicine and Science
Not only is this a history of how medicine and science changed in the 18th century, but it’s also a look at how those changes affected the writing of Frankenstein. Basically, it’s exactly what you’re looking for.
Internet History of Science Sourcebook
This is a very detailed collection of articles, links, and media for each age of science.
Scientific American: History of Science
A collection of all of Scientific American’s articles on the history of science -- you have to search through it to find articles about the 18th and 19th centuries, but theres a lot here. Best of all, it’s written not for scientists but for regular people who are interested in science, so it should be pretty readable.
British Empire: 19th Century Timeline
A year by year timeline of Britain during the 19th Century, with one of the four sections reserved for scientific discoveries
British Empire: 18th Century Timeline
Same as above, but for the 18th Century.
Health and Hygiene: 18th Century
This website has a detailed history of the state of medicine and general hygiene during the 18th Century.
Heath and Medicine in the 19th Century
Although this is from a different website, it’s similar information but for the 19th century.
BBC History: Victorians
British history straight from the Brits. This website has sections on health and welfare, technology and innovation, daily life, the industrial revolution and more. Each section has several in depth articles written by professional historians. This is a great place for more in-depth information about some of your topics.
A great collection of short articles on every topic under the sun (including biographies for hundreds of different people); there are also lots of links to other sources. Every group in this assignment should be able to find some information on this site.
Dictionary of Victorian London
This is another fantastic, encyclopedic site. There is something for every group and every topic here. Because it is a “dictionary” (though not a traditional one), the entries here are sometimes shorter, but it’s a great place to go for basic information or information on hard-to-find topics. There is also the option to download (for a price) Victorian ebooks, which may or may not be useful to you.
The Regeneration Gap
Lots of animals can regrow their own body parts - why can’t we? This fascinating article talks about regeneration: how animals can regenerate and how humans might someday be able to.
How Stuff Works: Human Cloning
This special section from How Stuff Works describes what kinds of animal cloning have already happened and how human cloning might work in the future.
Times Topics: Genetic Engineering
From The New York Times, this section has collected every Times article about genetic engineering in one convenient spot.
Times Topics: Cloning
More New York Times articles, but this time all are about cloning.
Dire Wounds, a New Face, a Glimpse in a Mirror
An article about the first ever successful face transplant, performed on a French woman in 2005.
How Much of the Body is Replaceable
As science gets better at reproducing human functions with manmade parts, more and more of the human body is replaceable. Check out this website to see which parts of your body you could replace.
Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion
Lots of ethical questions will be answered differently by different religious groups. This article discusses how lots of current scientific ethical questions (cloning, genetics) are dealt with by different groups.
The American Journal of Bioethics
This journal is written by scientists for scientists, so it might be a little bit (or a lot) hard to read, but there’s lots of great information here, as well as the most recent research.
Jack the Ripper
Casebook: Jack the Ripper
This website claims to be “the largest public repository” of Jack the Ripper information on the internet – whether or not that’s strictly true, there is a lot of information here. The introduction alone is a huge essay that discusses all of the big questions about the case. There are also reproductions of letters written from “Jack the Ripper” with a discussion of their authenticity, biographies of witnesses and the police involved in the investigation, official documents, and much more.
Notorious Crime Profiles: Jack the Ripper
Broken down into different sections for crimes, arrest, investigation, and aftermath, this is a nice introduction to Jack the Ripper. It isn’t as comprehensive as the Casebook website above, but it’s a good place to start. Also, the timeline is excellent, and makes the sometimes confusing events much easier to get a handle on.
Jack the Ripper Revisited: Time
This article from Time Magazine isn’t long, but it does have a lot of great detail in it, and it pretty clearly illustrates why the case was important and what its lasting legacy is. It’s also a lot better written and easier to read than some of the other websites you’ll find on this topic.
Who Was Jack the Ripper: Time
This Time article from 1970 seems rather assured of the identity of Jack the Ripper, suggesting that he was actually a young Duke and that his identity was known to Scotland Yard during the time the murders were being committed. It is certainly only a theory (as you’ll find out by reading the other sources), but it’s interesting to read about one of the prime suspects.
Metropolitan Police Service: History
This is a great website for getting a sense of what the police did during the Victorian Era, the challenges they faced (in addition to Jack the Ripper), the kinds of cases they solved, and how they have evolved over time. There isn’t too much information on Jack the Ripper here, but there is a lot about the police force in general. Make sure to click through all the links; each of them has something helpful behind it.
Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police: British History Online
This is actually from a print encyclopedia of British History. It’s a very long (and fairly detailed) article about the history of Scotland Yard until the 1890s. It doesn’t just cover the Victorian Era, but there is a substantial section on that time period. Fair warning, this was actually written in 1898, so the language is definitely from that period and might be a bit hard to read.
Gothic Art and Architecture
Artcyclopedia: Gothic Art
This website lists prominent Gothic artists and works of art, with pictures and historical information for each one.
Gothic Art and Architecture: Glossary
Lots of architectural words can be confusing and might be new to you. Use this glossary to figure out what they mean and get a better idea of the movement.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Gothic Art
This timeline is from the Met, and it includes a detailed essay about the Gothic movement in art, with examples from the Met’s collection.
Art History Resources: Gothic Art
There’s almost no text on this page; it’s just a giant list of important works of art and architecture from the Gothic period, with pictures.
Sacred Destinations: Gothic
As the title implies, these are only sacred spaces (churches, cathedrals, abbeys, etc.), but all are in the Gothic style. Each building has information about its features and history.
The Gothic Experience: Architecture
This is from a college class on Gothicism. Though there aren’t any pictures, this is a great basic introductory definition of what Gothic architecture is and what its main characteristics are.
Medieval Times: Gothic Art and Architecture
This website has lots of historical information, lots of detail, and lots of pictures.
Gothic Art and Architecture
This essay was actually written by an art historian. It’s a little hard to read, but definitely incredibly detailed and full of great facts and good explanations of major concepts.
Gravely Gorgeous: Gargoyles, Grotesques, and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination
This whole website is dedicated to gargoyles. Gargoyle pictures, gargoyle history, famous gargoyles, etc.
ClipArt Etc: Gothic Architecture
A huge gallery of clip art examples of Gothic architecture.
This gallery is of high quality photos of the interiors and exteriors of famous Gothic buildings. Fair warning: some of the links here are broken, but the ones that do work are really great.
History and Science of Alchemy
Book Review: The Secrets of Alchemy
This is actually a review of a book about alchemy. Although we do not have the book in the library, the review does a great job of explaining what alchemy is, why it is important, and why there is so little good information about alchemy out there.
Alchemy: Ancient and Modern
This is actually the etext of a book, written by an alchemist. It is definitely not a neutral source, but a book written by someone who believes that alchemy is real. Take this with a grain of salt, but it is a pretty fascinating thing to read.
The Industrial Revolution:
The Industrial Revolution: Western New England College
This is another website for a college course, and it is an equally detailed overview of the time period. It’s a little bit more readable than the WSU website above.
Industrial Revolution – Information Please
Information Please is a website that combine a lot of different encyclopedias and sources with basic facts (so it’s really great for tricky fact-based questions you need answered). The industrial revolution is ok; it’s not very long, and it isn’t very detailed. It’s a good place to start your research, but make sure you’re getting supporting details from another source. However, the great things about Information Please are the links at the bottom of each article. These are all from reliable sources, and they’ll be a great way for you to get the details you need.
Table of the Spread of Industrialization
The page has lots of numbers and charts to illustrate how industrialization spread through Europe. Remember, if you use information from one of these charts or if you copy a chart into your presentations, make sure to cite it just like any other website!
Victorian Technology: BBC History
This website is part of the BBC’s Victorian history website (linked to in the general Victorian section above as well), but it focuses on the technology and inventions that made the Industrial Revolution possible.
Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution: Economic History Services
A great, very detailed article from an online encyclopedia, this article would work for both the industrial revolution and gender roles groups. This is a very thorough article (possibly a little dry), but it is packed full of great information. Also, make sure you look at the citations – the sources this writer used will probably be great sources for you to use as well.
Child Labor During the British Industrial Revolution: Economic History Services
This is an extremely thorough, well–written article about child labor. It also touches on class issues, so it would be useful to that group as well. Also, there are lots of citations here, which should be useful to you as well.