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Find Primary Sources from across the world with the World Digital Library!

Find Primary Sources from across the world with the World Digital Library!

Robert Hawcross February 2019
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At Step Teachers, we like to find the best resources for Teaching with technology and primary sources. Robert Hawcross wanted to share one of his favorite resources called the World Digital Library.


The World Digital Library hosts more than 10,000 primary documents and images from collections around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the mission of the World Digital Library is to promote the study and understanding of cultures. The WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. In my search of the WDL, I noticed that roughly half of the resources are historical maps and images. The WDL aims to be accessible to as many people as possible by providing search tools and content descriptions in seven languages. The WDL can also be searched by clicking through the map on the homepage.

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