Databases for History

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A comprehensive database of abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
Full text of a large number of 18th and 19th century American Newspapers including the African American Newspapers collection.
Digital collection of thousands of fully searchable, full text electronic books from scholarly publishers.
Alternative Press Index (1991 - Present)
Useful for researching cultural, economic, political & social change. Indexes alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
America: History and Life (1964 - Present)
Indexes over 2,000 scholarly journals to find citations for appropriate articles on your topic in American or Canadian history, from prehistory to the present. Allows you to search by historical period. For other parts of the world, use Historical Abstracts.
Biographical info about 17,400 American men and women. Updated semi-annually.
American Periodicals (1740 - 1900) primary source/historical document collection
Digitized page images from over 1000 American magazines from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Streaming audio, various genres of traditional American music.  Included are songs of the civil rights movement, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, etc.  Also available through Music Online.
American State Papers (1789 - 1838) primary source/historical document collection
Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. Does not include House and Senate journals.
Full digital access to the Early American Imprints Series I, II, and supplements. 36,000 titles on 17th and 18th century American life. Includes most books printed anywhere during that time period about America.
Includes articles from early American newspapers. Searchable by presidential eras, eras in American history, place of publications, and newspaper titles. Includes full text of the Oregonian 1861-1971.
ArchiveFinder (1959 - Present)
Directory of collections held in thousands of repositories of archival material in the US, UK, and Ireland. Formerly known as ArchivesUSA.
Topic-focused digital collections of historical documents.
Useful for going beyond a simple search.   Users can search up to 12 databases at one time, analyzing content using frequency and term-relationship tools and intuitive subject-indexing.
ARTFL: A Textual Database (17th Century - 20th Century)
Consists of nearly 3,000 texts ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.  The 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are equally represented.  Also included are historical dictionaries and the Diderot Encyclopédie.
ArticleFirst (1990 - Present)
Contains citations for articles from scholarly and trade publications in a number of subjects (humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, and medicine).
A multi-disciplinary index covering key journals in the arts and humanities. Available through Web of Science, which is particularly good for cited reference searching - a tool that allows you to find out who has cited a certain paper and follow the development of research on a specific topic.
Interdisciplinary digital library of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences
ATLA Religion (1949 - Present)
A comprehensive database that supports religious and theological scholarship. It includes citations to journal articles, essays in multi-author works, book reviews and Doctor of Ministry Projects.
Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion as well as content from other electronic books and journals related to dress and fashion.  Also includes images from V&A Museum's internationally renowned fashion collection and other sources.
Multi-disciplinary index of western-language monographs, articles, and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Also available 1971-1985 in print (Ref DS5 .B53).
The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.
Bibliography of Native North Americans (16th Century - Present)
Books and journal literature on all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.
Index of searchable, full text French and French-language digital libraries
Indexes more than 50,000 critical titles in the social sciences and humanities from 2005 to present.  Books are connected to the greater citation indexes for the sciences.
This digital archive offers hundreds of thousands of pages of letters, poems, stories, plays, chronicles, religious writings, and other materials from 1120 to 1660. Gift of Burton Onstine, '54. 
A collection of searchable, digital facsimile pages from British journals.  Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.
Online access to the Cambridge Histories series. Over 200 titles in a variety of disciplines.
Collection of books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera.  Subject areas include Atlantic Studies, Diaspora Studies, Economic Studies, History of Medicine, Ethnicity and Gender Studies, Latin America and Slavery.
More than 140 newspapers from 22 islands. Most published in the English language.
China Data Online (1982 - Present) data source
Official Chinese government statistics at city, county, provincial, and national levels.
A survey of critical commentary on the work of specific authors and key texts. Also contains biographical information and bibliographies of primary and secondary works.
China Academic Journals is a comprehensive, full-text database of Chinese language journals throughout the world. 
Citation index of conference proceedings in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Pierre Bayle’s (1647-1706) complete literary and philosophical works. Includes a critical corpus composed of essential studies published over the last ten years and a bibliography of all scholarly studies on Bayle between 1900 and 2006.
CQ Magazine (1983 - Present)
Archive of weekly magazine on government and particularly congressional activity.
Voting and Elections Collection integrates a wealth of data, authoritative analyses, concise explanations, and historical material to provide a powerful research and reference tool on the American voter, major and minor political parties, campaigns and elections, and historical and modern races for Congress, the presidency, and governorships.
CNTS Data Archive is a longitudinal dataset of over 200 variables, some going back to 1815, covering over 200 countries. Initially a project to collect the data from the Statesman's Yearbook into a format suitable for quantitative analysis, CNTS continues to grow with new data. Variables cover such topics as government expenditure, trade, infrastructure and media, domestic conflict event data, elections, legislative process, numerous political measures and international status indicators.
Full digital access to the Early American Imprints, Series II collection of over 36,000 imprints on American life, including many state and governmental papers.
Full digital access to many American newspapers. Covering American studies
Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
The Text Creation Partnership is a project working to create standardized, digitally-encoded editions of early print books.  The EEBO-TCP includes searchable text versions of much of the content in EEBO.
Current bibliography of academic studies in Egyptology. It includes the volumes of the Annual Egyptological Bibliography (AEB) for 1947 to 2001 with abstracts, combined with Bibliographie Altägypten (BA) for 1822 to 1946, the Aigyptos database with keywords, and many thousands of more recently added records.
Summaries and primary documents on prehistoric cultures, searchable by region, country, and cultural characteristics.
A full text, searchable, digital facsimile collection of over 180,000 titles.  Includes books, pamphlets, essays and more.
95 journals covering all aspects of 18th century social, political and literary life.
Collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.
Indexes books and letterpress items printed before 1801 in the British Isles, Colonial America, the early United States of America, Canada, or territories governed by England as well as items published elsewhere in the world in English.
Feminae (1990 - Present)
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. The index is not complete but is growing.
Provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of publications, as well as full text for select journals and books. Includes over 36,300 images from the Motion Picture & Television image archive.
English translations of news releases and articles from most countries. For current content, see World News Connection.
Searchable, digital materials (books, journals, newspapers, printed music and more) from the collections of the BnF.
The leading source for primary documents concerning women's history. Includes books, pamphlets, and periodicals having to do with the development of feminist thought and the women's rights movement.
Published annually, this handbook is a selective bibliography of the most important articles in the field of Latin American Studies.
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, documents, literary works about Central and South America throughout the world.
Historical Abstracts (1954 - Present)
Index, with abstracts, to research in world history (excluding North America) from 1450 through the 20th Century. For North American history use America: History and Life.
The standard source for statistical information about American history.
Provides full-text access to the 20th century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. The Parliamentary papers influenced public opinion and social and political philosophy, and provided a forum for ideas for hundreds of thinkers. They are the working documents of government for all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed.
Humanities Abstracts (1984 - Present)
An index of articles from key scholarly journals published from 1985 to present in North America and Europe. Covers humanities and social sciences.
An index of articles from key scholarly journals published prior to 1985 in North America and Europe. Covers humanities and the social sciences.
This digital archive offers the entire run of this publication in a fully searchable digital format and features high-quality color facsimile images that bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history.  Areas covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy.  Gift of Burton Onstine, '54.
Access to scholarly publications on all aspects of medieval studies.
Provides subject access to selected materials pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 - 1700).
The online edition  Kristeller's Iter Italicum, a comprehensive finding list of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued classical, medieval and Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world.
Primary source material and images that document the history of Jewish communities in America from the 17th century until the mid-20th century.
JPRS is a government organization that supplies translations of unclassified foreign documents for government agencies.  Documents include periodical articles, military reports, statistics, scholarly journal articles, and others.
JSTOR (1800 - Varies)
Full text archive of selected core scholarly journals in various disciplines. All parts of the journals are scanned, including any images.
Full-text articles from Latin American newspapers covering the years 1805-1922, including titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
LexisNexis Academic (1980 - Present)
Full text access to thousands of news, business and legal publications. A good source for current articles in the New York Times and other major newspapers, and for looking up information about companies, industries and countries.
Includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924.  Part of the Documenting the American South, a digital publishing initiative.
Digital archive of Russian newspaper, 1928+.
Full text digital images of 61,000 works of literature on the economy and business from the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature.  Topics include commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade, and transport.
Contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain.
Millions of full-text, fully searchable pages of primary source material covering a wide range of topics. Includes books, pamphlets, essays, photographs, newspapers, letters, maps, sheet music and more.
Provides access to the nation's documentary history. Provides information on the location of our nation's archival and manuscript collections.
Includes regularly updated bibliographies by leading experts.
Includes regularly updated bibliographies by leading experts.
Includes regularly updated bibliographies by leading experts.
Biographical information about around 60,000 men and women important to British history.
Contains hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
This digital archive features the complete fully searchable facsimile archive of The Picture Post published in Britain from 1938-1957.  Gift of Burton Onstine, '54.
Cross-disciplinary database that provides indexing and abstracts for 21,000 journals, with full text for many titles. A good starting place for beginning research and quickly finding full text articles for a variety of topics.
Contains citations for dissertations and theses published in Western countries since 1861; abstracts are included for publications from 1980-present.
Includes full-text of twelve English-language Chinese historical newspapers from 1832 to 1953.
Full text of historical newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Boston Globe. Also includes historical black newspapers including the Chicago Defender, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the New York Amsterdam News, and the Pittsburgh Courier. From the Basic Search page, choose 'Select multiple databases' to select a specific newspaper. Coverage varies but generally starts in the 1800s.
Search just the "Historical Black Newspapers" portion of the Proquest Historical Newspapers collection.  This includes the Chicago Defender, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the New York Amsterdam News, and the Pittsburgh Courier.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Search across multiple collections including America's Historical Newspapers, America’s Historical Imprints, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports and World Newspaper Archive.
Primary sources about the Americas published throughout the world.  Includes books, pamphlets, serials, and other documents and provides original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and more.
The first large-scale collection of methodological case studies, SAGE Research Methods Cases provides real-life examples of how research is actually conducted to help users grasp methods concepts that can often be theoretical or abstract.
The very first newspaper in China with a Chinese editorial staff, the full-image and full-text Shen Bao Digital Archive gives unique insight into the transition of China from the nineteenth century until Mao.  Chinese language only.
Primary documents from several important archives. Includes material from books
Collection of primary source documents drawn from letters, diaries, and oral histories. This database pulls together content from: North American Women's Letters and Diaries, British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries, North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories, The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries, and Black Thought and Culture.
Social Explorer (1790 - Present) data source
Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present.
Contains a selection of documents that covers Stalin's personal biography, his work in government, and his conduct of foreign affairs.
Searchable collection of historical government publications.
Video clips from major television news networks, some as streaming video, but most must be ordered.  Contact Annie Downey for help in placing an order.
Covers popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930, including magic shows, vaudeville, and circuses.
A digital archive of historical primary documents and reference material.
The OCLC Online Union Catalog, containing over 50 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Includes books, journal and newspaper titles (but not reference to individual articles), sound recordings, musical scores, films, manuscripts, etc.