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History Resources

Recommended Resources

This principal resource for citations of articles and books on the history and culture of the United States and Canada includes some full text.

Historical Abstracts is the principal resource to find citations to academic articles on world history (except the US and Canada) from the 15h century to the present.

Indexes citations to journal articles and book chapters about the Middle Ages covering Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa from 300 to 1500.

The online bibliography covers literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).

The online database of the bibliography published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, L'Annee Philologique indexes scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

Other Resources

Provides comprehensive data and downloadable shapefiles on the formation, development, and fluidity of county borders within the territory of the United States from 1629 to 2000.

Presents images and information for advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines from 1911 to 1955. Focuses on five main subject areas: radio, television, transportation, beauty & hygiene, and World War II.

Consists of searchable digital facsimiles of local newspapers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and reviews.

Presents the digitized edition of legislative and executive documents of the U.S.Congress from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Contains manuscripts, books, maps, photos, and other materials focusing on the American West.

Provides topic and citation searching and identifies articles published in high impact arts and humanities journals.

The ARTstor Digital Library, a non-profit resource, consists of images in art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.

Presents maps, text, and data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every U.S. county in the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

Provides text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history.

Maintains citations related to conservation and restoration of cultural property.

Consists of the archive of the British Pathe news corporation from 1896 to 1970. The archive covers history, social history, sports, news, and entertainment.

Provides the Cambridge Histories series online that covers ancient to modern history.

Presents periodicals, diaries, photographs, and other materials relating to British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people, and tourists in China.

Collects full text, abstracts, and citations for U.S. legislative information, regulations, and news with augmented full text coverage of Congressional hearings for 1824-1979. Updated daily when Congress is in session.

Archives images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

Academic peer-reviewed books.

Archives digitized early American books, pamphlets, and broadsides published from 1639 to 1800.

Archives digitized early American pamphlets, broadsides, books, state papers and governmental materials published from 1801 to 1819.

Covers early American newspapers, a major primary source for American history. Provides unprecedented access to the nation's newspapers from 1690 to 1876. Series I covers 1690-1876, while series II and III cover 1821-1876.

Offers full text digital facsimiles of titles from the earliest printed works in the English language.

Includes full text of important printed works published in the United Kingdom between 1701 and 1800, along with important works from the Americas.

Find primary source documents on colonial history, politics, and culture from 1492 to 2007, primarily about the British Empire, especially Africa, the Americas, Australia, Oceania, and South Asia.

Offers public domain photographs and other photographs from national and international libraries, museums, archives, and cultural institutions.

Includes digitized books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights in the US, Europe, and around the world. Materials date from 1534 to 1945, with especially strong coverage of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Consists of U.S. demographic and economic statistics from colonial times to the present.

Includes records of journal articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, serials, maps, and other materials in the history of science, technology, and medicine.

Indexes citations to articles from scholarly social science and humanities journals from 1907 to 1984.

Index Islamicus is the international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Provides an overview of what has been published since 1906 and is updated quarterly.

Contains full text articles from major research journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage of most journals starts from the beginning of a journal's publication and typically excludes the most recent three to five years.

Archives books or monographs on economics and business published from 1450 through 1850. Includes materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade, and transport.

Features digitized medieval manuscripts of important European travel writing from the later Medieval period, focusing on travels from Europe to the Holy Land, India, and China. Includes travel maps.

Contains citations of journal articles, books, and reports about museums and museum curatorship published from 1900 to the present.

Archives the New York Times from 1851 to 2009 with full page images and articles.

Includes Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906, and other authoritative indexes that cover 19th century periodicals, books, newspapers, and patents as well as U.S. and British government documents. 

Includes scholarly bibliographies that provide research guidance in several topical areas. Our current subscriptions area Atlantic history, classics, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Reformation, British and Irish literature, cinema and media studies, education, communication, linguistics, philosophy, public health, childhood studies, and social work. 

Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.

Features the full text of Romantic-era literature focusing on poetry, prose, drama, letters, and diaries along with political, philosophical, scientific, and sociological works between 1800 and 1830.

Features original entries on philosophy from an international team of notable scholars and philosophers. Covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.

Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.

Archives primary source documents for the study of slavery and abolition with materials from Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S., Latin America, and Europe from 1490 to 2007.

Indexes the citations of articles in high impact social science journals. Includes cited reference searching, (papers that have cited a paper of interest after it was originally published). Covers journals published from 1992 to the present.

Covers Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.

The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Archives the full text of The Times of London from 1785 to 1985.

Archives reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from 1817-1994.

Includes primary and secondary sources on major events, themes, and people in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present.

Archives individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. Includes special news-related programming such as ABC's Nightline since 1989.

Maintains primary source documents and historical interpretations focusing on women in American social movements.

Features videos and  full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century.