History Databases

Database Name Description
History POWERSEARCHSearches the following databases simultaneously: Essay & General Literature Index, Essay & General Literature Retrospective, Humanities International Index, Humanities Full Text, Military and Government Collection, Social Sciences Abstracts, America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts.  How to Search This Database
PIO indexes hundreds of humanities, science, and social science journals from different countries in several languages. Many full-text articles are included. Coverage for some journals begins in the 17th century. Especially useful for scholarly book reviews. How to Search This Database
Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907-1984)Cites articles from English-language periodicals. Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.  How to Search This Database
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)Part of ISI Web of Science, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index is a broad multidisciplinary index to journals published since 1975 in the fields of art, architecture, history, literature, music, film, philosophy, dance, religion, etc. Complete bibliographies are included for each citation allowing for cited reference searching.A good place to start if you want to know which writers are citing a particular author.  How to Search This Database
Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts, covering thousands of journals in 50 social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, geography, law, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.) Coverage begins in 1900 and continues to the present.
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures and the EnvironmentConsists of approximately 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of these early encounters. This database focuses on the description of the natural features of North America as well as the interactions among various culture groups. The time period covered by this database starts in c. 1500 and ends around c. 1850.  How to Search This Database
International Historical Statistics International Historical Statistics provides data collected between 1750-2010 on a wide variety of socio-economic topics. It includes statistics from the Americas and Europe, as well as Africa, Asia and Oceania. Statistical topics include economics, environmental studies, agriculture, history, politics, and sociology. Data tables can be downloaded as PDFs and/or Excel files.
North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral HistoriesProduced by Alexander Street Press, North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories (IMLD) includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives, the series provides a rich source for scholars in a wide range of disciplines.  How to Search This Database
Bibliography of Native North Americans
Covers topics relating to native North Americans from the sixteenth century to the present, including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, folklore, culture, history, and literacy. It contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.  How to Search This Database
Artemis Primary ResourcesArtemis Primary Resources is a research tool that allows researchers to cross-search multiple databases using a single search box. APS includes the following databases: Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, and Sabin Americana 1500-1926. Each database can also be searched individually.
America: History and LifeThe most important source for articles on United States and Canadian cultural, social, economic, diplomatic, and military history, this database covers the periods from prehistory to the present and includes many full-text articles. For European and World history, see Historical Abstracts.  How to Search This Database
Early American Imprints, Series I (Evans, 1639-1800) and SupplementsThis full-text database is based on the Charles Evans' American Bibliography, a collection of primary source material on history, literature, philosophy, religion, agriculture, and other aspects of American life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Evans' Bibliography contains more than 37,000 primary documents. Series I also has supplements from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the American Antiquarian Society that provide hundreds of additional pamphlets, broadsides, and books.
Early American Imprints, Series II (Shaw-Shoemaker,1801-1819) and SupplementsThis full-text database is based on the American Bibliography of Ralph Shaw and Richard Shoemaker. It provides access to primary source material for the early decades of 19th-century America, including coverage of politics, war, economics, and social and cultural thought. Supplements from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the American Antiquarian Society provide an additional thousand books, pamphlets, and broadsides spanning the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson to the Adams-Onis Treaty.
American Periodicals The complete text of more than 1,100 American periodicals published from 1740 through World War II. Titles range from America's first science journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Saturday Evening Post. An invaluable collection of primary source material for American history.  How to Search This Database

A daily (7-day) general newspaper providing national and international news, opinion and commentary; published in a national and a New York metropolitan edition. Includes local, and state news, science, sports, arts and entertainment, and business and finance news.  How to Search This Database

Provides access to large-scale maps of Texas towns and cities, published by the Sanborn Map Company, the primary American producer of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps include information such as the size, shape and construction materials for urban buildings; heights and functions of structures; and the location of windows and doors. Street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers are also provided. Database coverage includes maps published between 1867 - 1970. Can be searched by city and date.  How to Search This Database
Handbook of Texas OnlineA multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography and culture. Includes more than 23,000 full-text articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions and a variety of other topics. Articles may be searched or browsed by subject. Sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin.
The American WestSourced from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago, The American West allows browsers to explore tales of frontier life, Pioneers, Wild West shows, the Gold Rush, vigilantes, and outlaws. Document types include: manuscripts, trade cards, wanted posters, photographs, claim certificates, news sheets, rare printed works, brand books, broadsides, correspondence, diaries, directories, journals, pamphlets, periodicals, and artworks. Full color. Searchable. Multiple added features.
American Indian Histories and CulturesThis unique resource makes available, for the first time, many rare and significant documents from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world. Spanning four hundred years, document types include manuscripts, artworks, speeches and petitions, diaries, correspondence, linguistic and ethnographic studies, photographs, maps, rare printed books, and American Indian newspapers. Full color. Searchable. Multiple added features.
Historical AbstractsAn index (with abstracts) to thousands of journals published worldwide in many languages. Fields include all branches of world history, including, political, diplomatic, religious, economic, social, cultural, and military history. Many full-text articles are included. For U.S. and Canadian history, use America: History and Life.  How to Search This Database
Gerritsen Collection - Women's History OnlineAn electronic collection of books and periodicals reflecting the evolution of feminist consciousness and women's rights. These books and articles span four centuries and fifteen languages. This is the best place to begin research on any aspect of women's history.  How to Search This Database
L'Année Philologique, published by the Societé Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, is a database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature, history, philosophy, art, mythology, music, and science. L'Année provides citations and abstracts to over 10,000 journal articles and books.
ITER (medieval and renaissance studies)ITER is an index to articles, books, conference papers, and essays about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (A.D. 400-1700). Written in a variety of languages, these articles are from over 1,500 international scholarly journals published since 1784. Subjects include history, literature, music, art, sociology, politics, etc. ITER is an excellent place to begin research on medieval subjects.
Nineteenth Century Collections OnlineNineteenth Century Collections Online is a digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. The content consists of books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and statistics. The 12 components or archives can be searched individually or in combination and include British Politics and Society, European Literature for 1790-1840, Photography - The World Through the Lens, Children's Literature and Childhood, as well as Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925.
(multilingual, multidisciplinary)
This multilingual, multidisciplinary database is especially useful for the humanities and social sciences. Francis covers thousands of journals, books, and conference papers in many languages. How to Search This Database
World Scholar: Latin America & the CaribbeanWorld Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean features primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean, academic journal articles, newspapers, maps and statistics. World Scholar covers topics such as politics, economics, religion, culture, international affairs, the environment, science, and technology. The topics are presented on a country and continent level, and the collection includes manuscripts, signed letters, expedition records, reports, maps, diaries, descriptions of voyages, etc.
Punch ArchivePunch was the world's most celebrated magazine of humor and satire, publishing some of the finest comic writers in the English language - from William Makepeace Thackeray to P.G. Wodehouse. Its celebrated cartoons and articles recorded vast shifts in social history, including wars, imperialism, new technology, public health, environmentalism, and the role of women. The Punch Historical Archive database contains the complete text and images (in color and black and white) of all issues published from 1841 through 1992.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 contains approximately 60,000 historical articles, hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides, and complete texts of over 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture. Content is 80% Spanish and 20% English and searchable in both Spanish and English. This collection includes the Revista Chicano Riqueña, a Latino journal whose mission is to promote dialogue among Latinos in the United States. While focusing on contemporary creative expression, it also considers more traditional cultural expressions. The text of Revista Chicano Riqueña is 70% English and 30% Spanish.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2 presents thematic content focusing on the evolution of Hispanic civil rights, religious thought, and the growing presence of women writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries. It contains books, newspapers, periodicals, letters, speeches, and political papers, 80% of which are in Spanish. Extensive manuscript collections of organizations and individuals are also included. This collection focuses exclusively on the Latino-Hispanic history in the United States from colonial times to 1960.

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