Social Studies

Alberta
Canada
Countries
Current Events
Debates
Edmonton
Environment
Flags of the World
Geography
Globalization
Human Rights
International Nongovernmental Organizations
Maps
Peacekeeping
Philosophy
Politics
Primary Source Video and Sound Clips
Psychology
Statistics
Urban Geography
World Armed Conflicts
World Politics

Alberta

  • Government of Alberta
    The government of Alberta’s official website.
  • Legislative Assembly of Alberta
    This site provides information on the members of the legislative assembly, bills and amendments, assembly documents and records, and other information pertaining to Alberta’s Legislative Assembly.

Canada

Countries

  • Atlapedia Online
    “Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countiries of the world.”
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Up to date profiles of all the countries of the world.
  • CIA World Factbook
    This is the first stop on the Web for information about countries of the world.
  • Country Comparison Tool
    Select up to four world countries or regions and compare demographic, geographic and economic data at the press of a button.
  • Gapminder World
    View, chart, or download country time series data for 400+ indicators (for example: economy, environment, energy, health, infrastructure, population, society, and work)
  • Index Mundi – Country Facts
    IndexMundi is a data portal that gathers facts and statistics from multiple sources and turns them into easy to use visuals.
  • Nationmaster
    This site contains an encyclopedia of nations of the world, contains country profiles, and a graph producer which can produce charts, scatterplots, and pie charts.
  • New Countries of the World
    Matt Rosenberg’s geography guide from About.com.
  • Showworld – A New Way To Look At The World
    World data presented with interactive maps.
  • United Nations CyberSchoolBus
    Includes data on each of the countries of the world, profiles of 20 of the world’s largest cities, and information about the United Nations.
  • The World Bank Data Catalog
    Data and statistics from countries of the world. An excellent database for country comparisons for many economic indicators.
  • Worldwide Governments on the WWW
    A database of governmental institutions from countries of the world.

Current Events

  • 1st Headlines: Top Breaking News Headlines
    This is an index of worldwide news headlines. Each entry includes a link to the story, the publisher of the information, and the date the information was posted.
  • The Canada Globe
    This site provides a good resource for Canadian and North American news. Links to various teaching resources are included in the Useful Links index.
  • CBC
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website.
  • CBC Edmonton
    C.B.C. Alberta’s Website.
  • CBC Archives
    On this Web site you’ll find a selection of radio and television clips from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • CTV News
    National and international news from CTV Canada.
  • Edmonton Journal
    The Edmonton Journal’s Online Newspaper.
  • Find Articles
    FindArticles.com is an archive of published articles which are searchable for free dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals.
  • International Relations and Security Network (ISN)
    This site provides in-depth analysis of world events.
  • MacLean’s Online
    MacLean’s website provides a Canadian perspective from Rogers Media Corporation.
  • Newspaper Map
    All the online newspapers of the world. Translate with one click.
  • Today’s Front Pages
    This site includes front page images of 126 newspapers from 22 countries. The links provide access to the front page housed at each newspaper’s Internet site.
  • Twitter Search
    Find out what twitter traffic is currently on the web in real time.
  • Twitscoop
    This page uses word clouds to monitor tweets on the web. Very cool!
  • Yahoo! Canada News
    The top stories from Canada and around the world.

Edmonton

Debates

  • Debatepedia
    Debatepedia is the Wikipedia of debates – an encyclopedia of pro and con arguments and quotes on critical issues.

Environment

Flags of the World

Geography

  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names contains nearly 1 million place names. This searchable database gives for each place name: type of place (examples are: inhabited place, ridge, reservoir, valley, stream), latitude and longitude, variant names, and heirarchical position in the thesaurus.

Globalization

  • Global Policy Forum – Globalization
    Global Policy Forum monitors policy making at the United Nations,
    promotes accountability of global decisions, educates and mobilizes for global citizen participation, and advocates on vital issues of international peace and justice.
  • Globalization101:A student’s guide to globalization
    The Levin Institute provides you with information and will challenge you to think about the implications of globalization.
  • Globalization and Cultural Identity
    A chapter from one of the books in the Global Transformations book series.
  • The Globalization Website
    This site from Emory University examines the political, economic, cultural, and individual dimensions of globalization.
  • United Nations Cyberschoolbus – Globalization
    “The greatest challenge we face today is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world’s people, instead of leaving billions of them behind in squalor. Inclusive globalization must be built on the great enabling force of the market, but market forces alone will not achieve it. It requires a broader effort to create a shared future, based upon our common humanity in all its diversity.” (UN)

Human Rights

  • Amnesty International
    The Amnesty International website presents information about Amnesty International, its campaigns and activitities, its policy positions, its history, and its organization. Included are annual reports of human rights abuses in the countries of the world as well as news releases and special reports. You may search for publications by country, by region, or by keyword.
  • Human Rights Watch
    The Human Rights Watch web site offers:recent annual Human Rights Watch World Reports, with country-by-country reports on human rights conditions, press releases and reports on human rights issues and violations. Sections focus on arms control, children’s rights, women’s rights, refugees, prisons, academic freedom, corporations and human rights, drugs and human rights, prison conditions, free expression, and more.

International Nongovernmental Organizations

Maps

Peacekeeping

Philosophy

  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    The articles in this database are from three sources: (1) adaptations from public domain sources, (2) adaptations from student papers, and (3) original contributions by professional philosophers. The first two type of articles are identifiable by the inclusion of the initials IEP at the foot of the article. By contrast, original articles are identifiable by the author’s name at the close. Presently, most articles in the history of philosophy prior to 1900, such as “Aristotle”, are compiled from at least three public domain sources and have been heavily edited.
  • The History of Economic Thought
    Several hundred historic and working economists as well as economic and social philosophers and theorists are available at this site. Most are accompanied by references to representative works, photographs and brief descriptions of their work. Essays contain information regarding the various schools of thought in economic theory.
  • History of Economic Thought
    A database of economic theorists. This site contains links to sites which study the economist in further detail.
  • Guide To Philosophy on the Internet
    A comprehensive guide maintained by Peter Suber at Earlham College. The Guide is particularly strong in links to electronic journals and sources of texts. Carefully done with commendable additional information about e-journals (whether text, abstracts or only table of contents are includes), and notes on whether other sites include complete citations to works or quotations.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Lengthy entries usually include links to other web resources, bibliographies, and lists of related essays in the encyclopedia. Use the table of contents to locate your information.

Politics

Primary Source Video and Sound Clips

  • CBC Archives
    This site contains a selection of radio and television clips from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • CNN Video
    Breaking news from CNN

Psychology

  • PsychCrawler
    PsychCrawler is a product of the American Psychological Association created to provide quick access to quality content in the field of psychology.

Social Studies Quiz and Game Sites

  • Jetpunk
    Improve your knowledge of history, geography, and the humanities with this educational site.

Statistics

Urban Geography

  • City Population
    This page provides statistics and maps about the population of the major agglomerations of the world.
  • Official City Sites
    This is a directory of official city sites in the world.
  • Patterns of World Urbanization
    This Population Reference Bureau site is one of many excellent sites to assist you in learning about urbanization.
  • United Nations Population Information Network
    This UN site strives to make international, regional and national population information, particularly information available from United Nations sources, easily available to the international community.

World Armed Conflicts

  • Ploughshares – World Armed Conflicts Report
    Project Ploughshares provides expertise and analysis to the Canadian Council of Churches on peace and security issues. They will provide information and analysis based on factual, carefully researched information.

World Politics

  • Freedom House
    Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. An excellent source of information regarding the current political situation in countries around the world.
  • International Relations and Security Network (ISN)
    This site provides in-depth analysis of world events.
  • Political Resources on the Net
    Political Resources on the Net lists Internet sites covering politics. Connections are to sites of political parties and federations as well as to sites about elections and politics. Choose to view international sites, sites sorted by continent, or sites sorted by country.