History Databases

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Database Database Description
America: History and Life

Index to articles on all topics of history in the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Coverage includes all key English-language historical journals as well as selected state, local, and international historical journals. 

Dates of coverage: 1954 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Historical Abstracts

Index to articles on all topics of history from the Middle Ages to the present, excluding the Americas, which are covered in America: History and Life.

Dates of coverage: 1950 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Database Database Description
Academic Lexis-Nexis (now Nexis Uni)

Now called Nexis Uni, this database includes more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.  Includes court decisions (including historical cases dating back to the 1880s), full text law reviews, thousands of full text news sources in English and foreign languages, and current data on 13 million companies.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: news, primary sources, scholarly articles
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
African American Experience

Fulltext collection of materials covering African American history and culture. Topics covered include music, folklore, biography, education, politics and civil rights. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
American Indian Experience

Fulltext collection exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States. The collection includes primary sources and encyclopedias and cover Pre-contact to the present day.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
American National Biography

Database of over 17,000 fulltext biographies of people who have shaped the history and development of the United States.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia
American State Papers (1789-1838)

Collection of U.S. congressional materials originating from 1789 and covering through 1838, including 1st Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 2nd Session.

Dates of coverage: 1789 - 1838
Content Type: primary sources
Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Archive of digital facsimile images of works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700

Dates of coverage: 1473 - 1700
Content Type: ebooks, primary sources
Economist Historical Archive

Fulltext, searchable archive of <em>The Economist</em> from 1843 to 2011.

Dates of coverage: 1843 to 2011
Content Type: primary sources
Ethnic NewsWatch

Full text collection of journals, magazines and newspapers from ethnic, minority and native presses.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: news, scholarly articles
Historical Statistics of the United States

Collection of statistics covering the history of the United States from the 18th century through the end of the 20th century.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: data, reference source
Iter (Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Index of journals and monographs pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Jstor

Provides access to articles published more than 2 years ago in over 100 scholarly journals.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Latino American Experience

A full-text database focusing on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States. Includes primary documents, images, Spanish-language content, a timeline, and Web sites.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: encyclopedia, primary sources
Making of the Modern World

The Making of the Modern World provides full text and full page image access to books from 1450-1914, and pre-1906 serials. Covers economics, history, political science, sociology, and special emphasis on banking, finance, transportation, and manufacturing.

Dates of coverage: 1450 - 1914
Content Type: primary sources
New York Times (1851-2007)

Fulltext access to the New York Times (1851-2007), including articles, illustrations and advertisements.

Dates of coverage: 1851-2007
Content Type: news, primary sources
Nineteenth Century Newspapers

This database Provides access to approximately 500 U.S. newspapers, published between 1800 and 1900. It includes titles from throughout the United States, many published in what were, at the time, only territories. Newspapers selected on their immediate value to researchers on the press and on the century in general. Papers selected cover a broad spectrum, with a comprehensive geographical and chronological range.

Dates of coverage: 1800 - 1900
Content Type: news, primary sources
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Digital collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings. The Proceedings included accounts of trials that took place at the Old Bailey.

Dates of coverage: 1674 - 1834
Content Type: primary sources
Project MUSE

Collection of close to 250 full-text journals covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and more.

Dates of coverage: 1994 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Reader's Guide Retrospective

Index of general interest periodicals published in the U.S.

Dates of coverage: 1890 - 1982
Content Type: scholarly articles
Seattle Times (1896-1984)

Fulltext collection of the Seattle Times.

Dates of coverage: 1896-1984
Content Type: news, primary sources
U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Fulltext collection of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for the 15th through the 36th Congress, sessions.

Dates of coverage: 1817 - 1860
Content Type: primary sources, reference source
WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Over 35 million records of any type of material owned by libraries throughout the United States and several other countries.

Dates of coverage: All time periods
Content Type: reference source, scholarly articles