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America: History & Life (EBSCO)

Indexes articles, books, reviews, and dissertations on the history of Canada and the United States. Covers 1964 to present. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

Indexes articles, books, reviews, and dissertations on world history from 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Covers 1954 to present. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

History Cooperative

Provides the full-text of recent issues of 18 history journals, covering American and world history, plus maps and additional content. A cooperative project of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the University of Illinois Press, and the National Academy Press.

Oxford Reference Online

Contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Fully-indexed and cross-searchable, reference books are listed by subject - see "History."

Facts on File World News Digest

Key news stories from more than 100 major newspapers, magazines, and other sources from the U.S. and world, from 1940 to present.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Scholar's Edition (Alexander St. Press)

Primary documents on US women's history, plus a chronology, a dictionary, and more. A joint production of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and Alexander Street Press.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Provides full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including full text for 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1865.

Research Library (ProQuest)

Provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology.


A journal archive covering arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage extends until 3-5 years ago. *Current issues may be available in other databases - to see our complete full-text coverage for a particular journal title, use the Magazines/Journal search in the library catalog.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

Theory and research in international affairs. Includes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. Also includes maps and country information, and teaching materials such as original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, and course packs of background readings for history and political science classes.

New York Times - 1851-2001 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

New York Times - 1995-current (ProQuest)

Searchable full text of the New York Times from 1851 through the current issue. New York Times - 1851-2001 provides searchable full-text and full-image articles, dating from its first issue in 1851 through 2001. Includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. Researchers can use the database to find news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements. New York Times - 1995-current provides more recent coverage, with articles available in HTML full-text format. The two databases cannot be searched simultaneously.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Searchable full text and images of: Christian Science Monitor (1908-1993), New Y ork Times (1851-2003), Wall St. Journal (1889-1989), and Washington Post (1877-1990).

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

An index covering a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Covers 1907-1984. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Print Resources

LC call number ranges: CB [History of Civilization], CT [Biography], D [World History], E [United States], F [United States – Local History; North America; Central & South America; Caribbean], G [Geography]

Subject headings:
[Country or region] – History
Spain – History
Great Britain – History – Elizabeth, 1558-1603
[Specific topic] – History
Agriculture – History
Economics – History
History – Methodology

Reference materials related to history usually focus on the history of a specific country or region, topic, and/or time period. The subject list is only a sampling of what is available in the GTL’s reference section. Use the library catalog to find other materials on your topic.

General Overviews

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica [32 v.]

REF AE 5 .E363 2003

The Timetables of History

REF D 11 .G78 1991

Countries and Regions

The Cambridge encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean

REF F 1406 .C36 1985

Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed. [10 v.]

REF E 174 .D52 2003

Encyclopedia of Asian History [3 v.]

REF DS 31 .E53 1988

Historical Periods

Dictionary of the Middle Ages [13 v.]

REF D 114 .D5 1982

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment [4 v.]

REF B 802 .E53 2003

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance [6 v.]

REF CB 361 .E52 1999

Encyclopedia of the United States in the 19th Century [3 v.]

REF E 169.1 .E626 2001

Special Topics

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history [5 v. plus Supplement]

REF E 185 .E54 1996

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust [3 v.]

REF D 804.3 .E53 1990

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World [4 v.]

REF DS 35.53 .O95 1995

Related GTL Research Guides

American Studies

General Websites

WWW Virtual Library: History

Links to comprehensive web pages on the history of various countries and periods.

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

American and British History

American and British History Resources (Rutgers University)

American Studies Crossroads Project (American Studies Association)

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Provides citations to print resources and links to online resources, including primary resources.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project (LOC) U.S. Government Source

Britannia Magazine: British History


Selected historical items from the 19th century magazine Harper's Weekly.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet (WWW Virtual Library)

Subject directory of resources on all aspects of Native American history and culture. Also includes sites on the Maori and Basque peoples, and on indigenous groups in Russia.


This site uses Abraham Lincoln's life in Illinois as a lens through which users may explore and interpret society and politics in antibellum America. Searchable, including text, images, sound and video files, and interpretive and curricular materials.

Primary Sources

Making of America (Cornell University Library)

Making of America (University of Michigan)

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. NOTE: The two sites provide access to different content. The Cornell University site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The University of Michigan site provides access to approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

American Memory (Library of Congress) U.S. Government Source

Offers "more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections." An incredible resource for text and images from America's past.

American and British History Resources: Full-Text Documents by Period (Rutgers University)

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

A collection of historical documents primarily related to American history. Also contains ancient, medieval, and Renaissance documents.

Electronic Text Center (University of Virginia)

Covers all forms of literature worldwide, including historical writings and primary sources. Contains 10,000 text documents and 164,000 images.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

Internet History Sourcebooks Project (Fordham University)

Electronic versions of primary historical texts from all countries and periods.

The American Archives

An indexed and searchable version of Peter Force's original collection of Revolutionary era texts.

Last updated 06-23-08