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Research Guide: History


Databases (Scholarly Articles)

  • ProQuest Research Library – full-text articles and citations to articles relevant to many subjects including history (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Academic Search Premier – “This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles,” including many historical subjects (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • JSTOR – offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including over 300 titles in History related topics (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Gender Watch – focuses on how gender impacts broad subjects areas and offers an historical perspective on women’s movement and gender roles.  It includes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, as well as NGO, government and special reports (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – provides full-text of many newspapers as well as full-text of legal, political, and historical research.  (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).

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Online History Resources

General History

  • Voice of the Shuttle: History – comprehensive resource offering general history resources, resources by continent/country, type of history (e.g. economic, military, etc.), online journals, and much more.
  • Internet Public Library: History – Contains links to a large variety of Internet resources pertaining to history.
  • War Crime Material – features primary materials on War Crimes and from War Crime trials, information on tribunals, and courts, articles on Kosovo, genocide, research guides, and human rights links. Rich resource from the New England School of Law.

American History

  • National Archives – NARA is an independent Federal agency that preserves and oversees the management of all Federal records, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage.
  • American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library – over 7 million digital items including multimedia formats, documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text highlighting important American historical events. From the Library of Congress. Collection topics include: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Papers, Slave Narratives, Woman Suffrage, Presidential Inaugurations, and many more.
  • U.S. Historical Census – The University of Virginia Library presents the data for historical versions of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.  State and county topics for individual census years can be examined.
  • National Park Service – American History resources, including information on Civil War and the National Underground Railroad.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers – Collaborative project between the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities, this Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers contains descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages from 1836-1922.
  • Schomburg Collections: New York Public Library – The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library.  The digital component of the collections feature exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Our Documents – “100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.” Includes the Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, the Treaty of Paris, the Federalist Papers, and many more.

European History

  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History – These links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history.  The page was created by Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer at Brigham Young University.
  • National Archives: United Kingdom – The National Archives is the UK government’s official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history, some documents are available in digital format.
  • British History Online – Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
  • The Victorian Web –  Created and maintained by George Landow, professor of English and the History of Art at Brown University, the site contains thousands of scholarly articles, primary texts, images, and related material on Victorian literature, politics, science and technology, and much more.
  • The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies – “provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies.” Sponsored by Georgetown University.

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