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.- 820: British History- 909: 19th Century History- 509: History of Science- 292: Greek Mythology- 174: Science Ethics- 364: Serial Killers- 709: Gothic Art
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Remember - databases are full of good information, from reliable sources -- use them!
Links:18th/19th Century Polar ExpeditionsSouth PoleThis website is a wide ranging collection of information about the South Pole’s geography, inhabitants, and exploration.Roald AmundsenFrom 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 PoleThis 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.Antarctic HistoryThis 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.Polar DiscoveryThere'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, USNEstablished 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 PhotosThis page is full of photos of Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole.National Maritime Museum: Exploration, Adventure, and TragedyInformation, 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.Matthew HensonAlong 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 PassageBroken 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 PassageFrom Princeton University, this website has a huge collection of maps, images, photographs, and other media about Polar exploration.Surviving Misery in the Frozen NorthIn 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 DisasterMore 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 TragedyMore 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 BootsThe 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, IcarusTheoi Greek MythologyEspecially 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 MythicaEncyclopedia
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 FableThe 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 PrometheusA look at the Prometheus myth and how it relates to Frankenstein.Pomona College Museum of Art: Jose Clemente Orozco's PrometheusThis 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 MythologyThis 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.Body SnatchersThe Worlds of Burke and HareExhaustive collection of everything we know about Burke and Hare.The Royal Mile: Burke and HareTHis 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 DeadFrom an online science museum, a history of how and why humans have used dead bodies.History of the AutopsyFrom 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 BodysnatchersA fantastic, fascinating read about bodysnatching in the 19th century.Lawsuit Filed Against UCLA for Alleged Body Parts SalesA modern example of body snatching. 18th/19th Century Changes in Medicine and ScienceA Cultural History of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Medicine and ScienceNot 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 SourcebookThis is a very detailed collection of articles, links, and media for each age of science. Scientific American: History of ScienceA 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 TimelineA year by year timeline of Britain during the 19th Century, with one of the four sections reserved for scientific discoveriesBritish Empire: 18th Century TimelineSame 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 CenturyAlthough this is from a different website, it’s similar information but for the 19th century.
BBC History: VictoriansBritish
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.
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 LondonThis
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.
Casebook: Jack the RipperThis
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 RipperBroken
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: TimeThis
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: TimeThis
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: HistoryThis
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 OnlineThis
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.
The Industrial Revolution:
The Industrial Revolution: Western New England CollegeThis
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 PleaseInformation
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 IndustrializationThe
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 HistoryThis
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 ServicesA
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 ServicesThis
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.