About the History Engine

The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of an historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that paint a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history, available in our online database to scholars, teachers, and the general public.

The History Engine project aims to enhance historical education and research for teachers, students, and scholars alike. It allows undergraduate professors to introduce a more collaborative and creative approach to history into their classrooms, while maintaining rigorous academic standards. The History Engine gives students a more intimate experience with the process of history. Participants who work with the History Engine project learn the craft of an historian: they examine primary documents, place these documents in a larger historical context using secondary sources, and prepare cogent analysis of their sources for the public eye. Finally, the History Engine provides a way for professors to take advantage of digital technology in their classrooms while maintaining rigorous academic standards. The cumulative database provides all the easy-access and searchability of other websites, but also subjects its contents to a careful academic screening process on the part of library staff, archivists, professors, and teaching assistants.

To learn more about how the History Engine enhances the educational experience of teachers and students, check out "What is the History Engine?"

To start using the History Engine in your classroom, learn how to register on the "Join the Project" page. Or identify other professors and schools who use the project in "Schools Using the History Engine."

"News" reports all the latest happenings of the History Engine in academic and educational communities. Learn more about our team on the "Staff and Sponsors" page.

Finally, feel free to send us your questions and comments by visiting our "Contact Us" page.