I can haz research?

Hello history geeks! Here are four and a half of the coolest things I’ve found while researching lately.

The English Broadside Ballad Archive
This site is one of the most comprehensive treatments of early modern popular culture I’ve found. It’s searchable by ballad name (“Twa Sisters” or “Captain Ward”) or by keyword (“sex”, “catastrophe”) or by clever and inspired topics (“Deadliest Catch: Amazing Creatures of the Deep”). Best of all, many of the ballads have recordings attached to them too!

London Lives, 1690-1800
A detailed, searchable, and growing collection of documents and images that detail the lived experiences of ordinary people in London during the eighteenth century. My favorite feature is the “Lives” link; clicking it gives you profiles of individual men, women, and children that you can access by name or keyword.

The Public Domain Review
This site collects and organizes books, pamphlets, images, audio, and other cool stuff that’s fallen into the public domain. The focus is on the weird and interesting, but the goal is diversity and accessibility. It’s fully searchable by keyword and category.

Executed Today
This, folks, is microhistory at its finest. Each day tells the story of one individual (or sometimes a group) and provides the social and political context that surrounded her or his demise. It’s meticulously cited (some people we know more about than others, though) and very well indexed. Bonus content like the occasional video clip just makes it that much more awesome.

And just for fun, here’s how you can be insulted by Martin Luther.


About J. Anderson Coats

J. Anderson Coats writes historical fiction for young adults chockful of name-calling and petty violence. THE WICKED AND THE JUST (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) is about teenagers behaving badly in thirteenth-century Wales.

7 thoughts on “I can haz research?

  1. “Executed Today.” Now, there’s a cheerful thought…

  2. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful links! Thanks so much!

  3. kamrynwhowanders says:

    Reblogged this on Memoirs of a Teenage Geek and commented:
    This is awesome and cool and just what I needed, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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