Articles & Databases : HistorySee also
Primary Sources (Humanities & History), News & Newspapers
America: History and Life
Provides English language abstracts of scholarly literature (journal articles, articles in collections, dissertations, book and media reviews) on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada.
Provides English language abstracts of scholarly literature (journal articles, articles in collections, dissertations, book reviews) on world history from 1450, excluding North America.
Note: with full-text links to JSTOR 420,000 journal articles; 24,000 dissertations; 51,000 book entries
Coverage: coverage varies
Collection of core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences digitized in most cases back to the first date of issue. JSTOR also includes selected books, primary sources and other materials for academic work.
Provides digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Offers full-text versions of scholarly journals and books from many of the world's university presses and scholarly societies.
Academic Search Complete
Provides a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database with full-text, peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.
ACLS Humanities E-Books
A fully searchable collection of scholarly books in the humanities including monographs, collected essays and some primary sources. New titles are added annually. These titles are offered by the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library.
Afghanistan and the U.S.,1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files
Collection of U.S. State Department Central Classified Files relating to internal and foreign affairs contain a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats.
African American Biographical Database (AABD)
Provides biographical information of African Americans, both famous and everyday persons, from various time periods. It draws its content from Chadwyck-Healey's Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950.
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Database provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This collection features papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.
African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
Resource features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other genres.
African Blue Books, 1821-1953
Collection of annual reports on British colonies that provide detailed accounts of the day-to-day concerns and policies of colonial administrators. Materials include texts, statistics, maps, and illustrations and cover such topics as taxes and duties, military expenditure, civil establishment, legislation and proclamations, population data, import and export statistics, prisons, and meteorological observations.
Ambrose Video Collection
A collection of streaming video titles covering a wide range of subjects: American and European History; the cultures and achievements of American Indian, Black, Chinese, Hispanic, and Jewish peoples; Women's achievements; Religion; and the Arts. Also included are the BBC Shakespeare plays.
[Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.]
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1
Collection of digitized American periodicals published from 1691 through 1820 with subject strengths in Afro-Americana, agriculture, children’s literature, education, eighteenth-century imprints, leisure and hobbies, Masonic works, medicine, religion, science, technology, trade, and women’s literature.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2
Collection of American magazines and journals published from 1821 through 1837, representing the Jacksonian Democracy era. Broad in scope, subjects cover include agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 3
Provides access to periodicals published from 1838 through 1852. Themes include a rapidly growing nation, industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 4
Collection consists of American periodicals published from 1853 through 1865, with a focus on the Civil War. Subject matter includes science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 5
Collection encompasses titles dating from 1866 through 1877. It includes post-Civil War themes such as the incorporation of the recently-freed African Americans and the rapid expansion into Western territories. Broad in scope, it covers all aspects of American society during this time period.
American Doctoral Dissertations
Open-access database, it includes thousands of theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.
American Founding Era
Gateway to the prepared digital editions of the papers of many of the major figures of the early republic, such as John Adams, John Jay, Dolley Madison and George Washington; as well as scholarship tracing the Constitution’s progress through each of the thirteen states’ conventions.
American History in Video
Video collection provides early newsreels, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel that capture US history as it was made and reported to viewers of the time. The collection also contains award-winning documentaries and analysis from prominent scholars and experts.
[Alexander Street Press]
American National Biography
Coverage: Quarterly updates
Provides biographical information for over 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Most entries include photos, bibliographies, and links to selected websites.
[Oxford University Press]
Topically-focused digital collections of historical documents. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
A multidisciplinary database indexing more than 1,700 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals and selected items from over 250 scientific and social sciences journals; covers 1975 to the present. Part of Web of Science.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Database is a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.
Bibliography of British and Irish History
An authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish History from the roman period to the present day.
Bibliography of Native North Americans
The Bibliography of Native North Americans, from Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), is an electronic publication that contains the citations from the cumulative eight volumes of the Ethnographic Bibliography of North America.
Black Studies Center
Black Studies Center brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present and future of African-Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa itself. It includes the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, the historical backfiles of the Chicago Defender newspaper, and full-text coverage of core Black Studies journals. It also includes the International Index to Black Periodicals and the Black Literature Index.
Black Studies in Video
This database features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides access to their African American Perspectives collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
[Alexander Street Press]
Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982
Provides cover-to-cover indexing for more than 1,000 periodicals from 1913-1982, including the complete file of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957), for a unique coverage of business in the first half of the 20th Century.
Online collection of publications in the French language, in the area of social sciences and humanities. Selected English abstracts and articles can be accessed at CAIRN International Edition.
Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876
Provides easy access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, cultures and daily life. Features more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands, chronicling the region’s evolution across two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with access to previous edition.
[University of Chicago]
Civil War Collection
Collection within Accessible Archives that contains full-text resources from both the Northern and Southern perspectives published between Nov. 1, 1860 and Apr. 30, 1865. Includes news articles, eye-witness and official reports of battles, books, editorials, advertisements, biographies, images, maps, and illustrations.
Colonial State Papers
Provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included is a digitised version of the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online
A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Users can search all the information – not just place names – and segment it.
[Columbia University Press]
Daily Life Through History
A collection of primary documents, reference works, monographs, images, maps, illustrations and time lines depicting essential activities of daily life across the globe and throughout history. Time periods covered are: Ancient (beginning of time to 4th century), Medieval (5th century to 14th century), Modern (15th century to 19th century), and Present (20th century to 21st century).
Digital National Security Archive
Consists of curated and indexed government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present.
Dissertations & Theses @ George Mason University
Access full text of dissertations and theses in pdf format, as well as online 24 page preview. Content submitted by George Mason University, and published in Dissertation Abstracts.
Docuseek2 Complete Collection
Resource is a streaming platform for documentaries and social issues films. The collection contains titles from a variety of film distributors, including Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films, and Terra Nova Films. Subject coverage includes anthropology, cultural and ethnic studies, business and economics, environmental studies, gender studies, history, media studies, political science, and science and technology. Note: To access database from the Alexander Street Press platform, click here.
eHRAF World Cultures
Coverage: coverage varies
Multi-cultural database of books, articles & dissertations organized by cultures, ethnic groups & traditions. Provides in-depth information on all aspects of cultural social life for selected cultures. Formerly called eHRAF Collection of Ethnography.
Emerging Sources Citation Index
Covers relatively new high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance in emerging research fields. The journals are being evaluated over a period of time for inclusion in the highly selective Web of Science indexes on the arts and humanities, science, and social sciences.
Essay and General Literature Index
Citations to essays and articles in collections of essays in the humanities and social sciences.
Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective
This resource is a bibliographic database that cites essays, articles and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. It covers 8 decades (1900-1984) of essays, annuals and serial publications from the 20th Century.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
Bibliography of works printed in Europe about the Americas. Covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. Topics include commerce, discovery, various ethnic and national groups, Jesuits, piracy, and slavery.
This resource provides access to scholarly journal articles from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology.
Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS)
A selective annotated bibliography of scholarly monographs, journal articles, conference papers, books chapters and electronic resources. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the Handbook covers a range of disciplines including anthropology, art, economics, geography, government & politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy and sociology.
Coverage: coverage varies
Very large image-based legal research database includes such collections as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library and more.
Hispanic American Periodicals Index
Multi-subject index to periodical literature on Latin America and Hispanics in the United States.
Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online
Coverage: Colonial era to present
Standard source for quantitative facts of American history. This online Millennial Edition is expanded and revised to include over 37,000 data series from over 1,000 sources. It includes sections on Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, and Governance and International Relations. Tables may be downloaded into Excel. Users may create custom tables as well.
[Cambridge University Press]
History Video Collection
The collection provides documentaries, commercial and governmental newsreels, public affairs and archival footage. Areas of focus include Trade and Exploration, The American Revolutionary Era, The American Civil War, Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, The Jazz Age, The Post-World War II Era, The Sixties, Women’s History, Black History, and International Newsreels.
[Alexander Street Press]
House Unpublished Hearings Digital Collection
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection includes abstracting, indexing, bibliographic information, and searchable PDFs for Congressional hearings from 1973-1979. Access through the "Advanced Search" tab.
Humanities and Social Science Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
Citation database that offers a wide range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences. Content includes indexing to journals and specialized magazines, and includes citations to book reviews. Coverage dates range from 1907 to 1984.
Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003
Provides access to the entire run of the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper. Areas covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, graphic design, and genealogy.
International Historical Statistics
Collection of international statistical data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. Users can conduct statistical analysis across both time and geopolitical boundaries. Data tables can be downloaded as PDFs and/or Excel files.
International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Covers all aspects of the Middle Ages (450-1500) in Europe, Byzantium, and Russia; indexes journal articles and edited works (proceedings, festschriften, essay collections).
ITER - Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Coverage: coverage varies
Comprehensive bibliography of European culture from 400-1700; also includes Kristeller's Iter Italicum (Medieval Academy of America).
[University of Toronto]
Jewish Studies Source
Offers a multidisciplinary view into the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Content within the collection is meant to cover all facets of Judaism and provide context by drawing across multiple areas of study.
Latino American Experience
A full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of U.S. Latinos. Content includes scholarly essays as well as primary documents and media, including speeches, maps, songs, audio clips, interviews, and historical photographs. Coverage ranges from precontact Aztec and Maya societies to 21st-century political issues and cultural themes.
A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas.
A Federal legislative history service that makes available researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
A primary source tool for the study of all aspects of American history as well as the U.S. judicial system, containing nearly 11 million images of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978.
Military and Government Collection
Offers current news for all branches of the military, through a thorough offering of periodicals, academic journals and other related content. Content also includes country reports and relevant government documents.
Newspaper Source Plus
Coverage: varies by title
Provides full-text access to national and international newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Times (London), as well as selective full-text for various U.S regional newspapers. In addition, it offers full-text television and radio news transcripts from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, and National Public Radio.
Nineteenth Century Masterfile
Includes Poole’s index to Periodical Literature, covering titles in the sciences, humanities, law, medicine, and the arts and literature; as well as indexes to books, newspapers, the visual arts, and government documents. Spans data from the 11th century through 1930.
Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration
Presents a complete digital facsimile of the Cabinet Conclusion files; containsa full record of every debate and transaction for the duration of the Stormont administration, the devolved government of Northern Ireland, 1921–1972.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
An illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped British history and culture over a 2,500-year period.
[Oxford University Press]
Note: Updated three times per year in January, May, and September.
Oxford English Dictionary
Coverage: 2nd edition
The full text of the classic 22-volume Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition, which provides information on the historical development of the language.
Oxford Scholarship Online
Provides access to academic works published March 2015 onward, in subject areas across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.
[Oxford University Press]
PBS Video Collection
Assembles hundreds of documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service. Covers a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences; and provides access to series such as Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.
[Alexander Street Press]
People of the Founding Era
Provides biographical information for thousands of individuals active during a crucial period in U.S. history. Covers people born between 1713 and 1815, including members of many of the most important families of the era, as well as many people—including artisans, slaves, and Native Americans—whose lives are not typically documented in historical archives.
Coverage: 1789- Present
Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress. Includes U.S. Serial Set, Congressional Hearings and Testimony, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Congressional Record, Legislative Insight, and U.S. Bills and Resolutions; as well as Executive Branch Documents (1789-1939), and Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.
ProQuest Research Library
Provides access to more than 4,000 titles from general reference databases, including a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega
Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals, 1983 - Present, and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals, 1994 onward. Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film & television, gardening, health & medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news & current events, photography, popular & classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports & fitness, transportation, travel.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™. Coverage: 1890-1982.
Provides regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles into a research-friendly workspace similar to Legislative Insight. The database aims to cover 1936 to the present.
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM)
Coverage: coverage varies
This Mason website applies digital technology and media to the understanding of the past. Develops online teaching resources, digital collections and exhibits, open-source software, and training in digital literacy and skills. Projects include: History Matters: The US Survey Course on the Web; the September 11 Digital Archive; History News Network; and many others.
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection of primary sources contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials, and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions, and religious history.
Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
Digitized collection of thousands of documents and other primary sources focused on the independence movements of southern African nations, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Sources include periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral histories, and speeches.
Taylor & Francis Online
Search, browse, and access the full text of more than 2,000 journals published by Taylor & Francis covering the humanities, medicine, the social sciences, science, and technology.
Through the Camera Lens: The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927
Digital archive of the early-20th century magazine, Moving Picture World, which set a standard for the coverage of silent film, reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry.
Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985
This database is a full-image archive of every page published by The Times [London] from 1785-1985. The text within the images is fully searchable at the article level. Search news articles, obituaries, images, advertising and classifieds — virtually everything that appeared in the newspaper.
United Nations Official Document System (ODS)
Coverage: 1993 -- present
Covers all types of official UN documentation from 1993 forward, except: press releases, UN sales publications, the UN Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
University of Chicago Press Journals
Access to over 70 journals from the University of Chicago Press presenting original research from international scholars in the social sciences, humanities, education, biological and medical sciences, and physical sciences.
Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, NBC: 1968-present; CNN: 1995-present, selected content from PBS & FOX. Digitized news broadcasts from CNN are viewable with RealOne media player.
Note: The Archive offers DVDs that are duplications of entire broadcasts as well as compilations of individual news stories specified by the individual borrower. Borrowers pay fees for the items loaned to cover the costs of providing this service.
A consolidated database of more than 11,000 finding aids that describe a vasty array of manuscripts and archival materials housed in historical societies, libraries museums, colleges, and universities across the Commonwealth, and help users discover primary source materials documenting the history, culture, and people of Virginia.
World Heritage Sites: Africa
Database focused on the archaeology, history and culture of Africa as seen through its heritage sites and landscapes. Variety of spacial and contextual data, including photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, images of rock art, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveler's accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research.
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