The American Social History Online website is designed for easy discovery of previously unknown collections and material as well as easy retrieval of known items. By using Zotero, a free easy-to-use research tool that works with the Firefox web browser, scholars can gather and organize resources as well as annotate and share them.
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American Social History Online has been developed using open source software and is currently available without fees or restrictions through generous support from the Mellon Foundation. The American Social History Online team continues to add collections and is also developing integrations with the Sakai open source course management system and a federated search solution that will combine search results for American Social History Online content with commercially available content.