Databases for History

Best Bets

Database Description Coverage More Info
America: History and Life with Full Text

Provides access to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations. Covers U.S. and Canadian history.

1955-present more info
Historical Abstracts with Full Text

Provides citations with abstracts to over 1,700 journals,book and media reviews, and dissertations.

1955-present more info

JSTOR specializes in making available the back issues of academic journals (over 1,000) in a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines.

Coverage is the beginning of the journal until two to five years ago. more info
Project Muse

Project Muse provides full text access to over 335 journals, and indexing for 200 more in the humanities and social sciences.

1996-present more info

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Database Description Coverage More Info
African American Archives

African American Archives provides over one million pages of original historical documents pertaining to the African American experience.

1672-1941 more info
American History in Video

Commercial and governmental news, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

1500s-present more info
Ancestry Library

Ancestry® Library Edition, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

1300-present more info
Archive of Americana

The Archive of Americana features over 1,375 newspaper titles from all 50 states, more than 100,000 books, broadsides and pamphlets, and much more.

1639-1980 more info
Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library offers fully cross-searchable access to a range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books,

1600-present more info
British History Online

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.

11th Century - 19th Century more info
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, and Poole's Index.

19th Century more info
International Medieval Bibliography

The International Medieval Bibliography comprises 365,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records.

300-1500 more info
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The library's subscription includes the following databases:

400-1700 more info
PBS Streaming Videos

A selection of nearly 250 PBS programs, including films from award winning documentarian Ken Burns, and series such as Scientific American Frontiers, American Experience, and Frontline.

1990s- more info

Even More

Database Description Coverage More Info
19th Century U.S. Newspapers

Digital facsimile images for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. Each newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

1800-1899 more info
19th Century UK Periodicals

19th Century UK Periodicals covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world.

1800-1900 more info
African American Historical Serials Collection

This collection was developed with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve serials related to African American religious life and culture.

1829-1922 more info
African American Newspapers

Primary sources for such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history; ethnic studies and more.

1827-1998 more info
American History, 1493-1945

Sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, this collection of documents brings to life American history from the times of the earliest settlers until the end of World War II.

1493-1945 more info
American Indian Histories and Cultures

American Indian Histories and Cultures is a wide-ranging digital resource presenting a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact.

1493-2010 more info
Archives Unbound

The three major types of documents in this database are monographs of books and pamphlets, manuscripts, and newspapers and periodicals.

1500-present more info
Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection Series 1

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Series 1 presents a collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature, political commentary, and culture.

1700s-1960 more info
Artemis Primary Sources

Artemis Primary searches 18th Century Collections Online (ECCO), 19th Century Collections Online (NCCO), the Making of the Modern World, and Sabin Americana

1500-1926 more info
China: Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980

This collection provides a wide variety of original source material detailing China’s interaction with the West.

1793-1980 more info
Colonial America

Colonial America will consist of all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives in London.

1606-1822 more info
Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides access to hundreds of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations) from over 70 academic publishers.

2000-present more info
Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains  virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere.

1473-1700 more info
Economist Historical Archive

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2003.

1843-2003 more info
Eighteenth Century Collections Online

A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors.

1700-1799 more info
Empire Online

Empire Online contains primary source documents that span five centuries, charting the story of the rise and fall of empires.

1492-2007 more info
English Historical Documents (EHD)

English Historical Documents is a comprehensive, annotated collection of over 5,000 documents on British history.

500-1914 more info
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

"Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages."

1990-present more info
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1941-1996

FBIS Daily Reports include English-language, full-text broadcasts and news transcripts—translated as needed—from around the world.

1941-1996 more info
Global Commodities: Trade Exploration & Cultural Exchange

"This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.

10200 BCE-present more info
Latin American Newspapers (1805-1922)

Latin American Newspapers provides access to more than 280 Latin American newspapers published between 1805 and 1922. Featuring titles from 20 countries in the region.

1805-1922 more info
Making of the Modern World

The Making of the Modern World digital collection presents more than 65,000 titles from the period 1460-1914, and 466 pre-1906 serials.

1450-1914 more info
Nineteenth Century Serials Edition

A free, online scholarly edition of six nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers.

1806-1890 more info
North American Women: Letters and Diaries

North American Women's Letters and Diaries (NWLD)  includes the immediate experiences of 1,017 women, as revealed in approximately 150,000 pages of diaries and letters, and manuscripts.

Colonial to 1950 more info
Oxford Reference

Oxford Digital Reference provides access to nearly 100 online encyclopedias covering history and culture, literature and language, arts, law, and the social sciences.

Ancient world to present more info
ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Offers full-text and full-image articles for 13 large American daily newspapers and two daily British Newspapers (The Guardian and The Observer)

1764-2005 more info
Sabin Americana

This collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.

1500-1926 more info
Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive allows users to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

1915-present more info
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a thematically organized, historical archive devoted to the scholarly study and understanding of slavery from a multinational perspective.

1490-1896 more info
Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice

Online primary source materials including manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and other documents for the study of slavery, abolition and social justice.

1490 - 2007 more info
State Papers Online

Provides access to over 3 million pages of 16th- & 17th-century British government documents and over 200,000 searchable pages of Calendars and catalogues.

1509-1714 more info
The Times Digital Archive

The Times Digital Archive (London) provides access to the entire newspaper, with all news articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos, editorial and commentary, and features.

1785-2011 more info

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