History Databases

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History Databases

Article Databases

America: History and Life with Full Text EBSCOhost 1955-
A comprehensive bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text  EBSCOhost 1955-
A comprehensive bibliographic reference to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life with Full Text); provides coverage of 2,000 journals published throughout the world.

JSTOR  years vary
Full-text of core journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Coverage includes the entirety of each journal with the exception of the current five years.

L'Annee Philologique EBSCOhost years vary
A specialized bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. The database includes citations for journal articles and books with abstracts in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian.

Primary Source Collections

ARTstor  years vary
Database of more than 300,000 digital images and associated data. ARTstor covers multiple time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, and download images.

American Civil War Collection NewsBank Readex 1860-1922
From the holdings of the American Antiquarian Society, this database features more than 13,500 works published between 1860 and 1922. The fully searchable collection offers printed items addressing all facets of the Civil War and its aftermath. Materials include full color broadsides, lithographs, maps, books, pamphlets, photographs, political cartoons, stereographs, and more.

American Indian Histories and Cultures  Adam Matthew  1500-1990s
Search for primary documents that present a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid- to late-twentieth century.

American West Adam Matthew Digital 1722-1939
American West provides access to a vast body of original source material including original manuscripts, ephemeral material (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets etc), maps, and rare printed works from 1722 to 1939. Topics include Native Americans, pioneers & homesteaders, mining, the Mormon Exodus, transportation, outlaws, environment, border issues and more.

Artemis Primary Sources Gale 1500-2006
A search interface for searching across the resources included in Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers, Sabin Americana, and The Times Digital Archive.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture Adam Matthews Digital 1793-1980
Search for English-language primary documents that cover topics relating to the interaction between China and the West from 1793 - 1980.

Colonial America  1606-1882 (in progress)
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, plus all extracted documents associated with them. This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

Confidential Print: Middle East 1839-1969 Adam Matthew 1839-1969
This collection is a fundamental resource for study of the modern Middle East and inform the volatile situation in the region today. It includes British Colonial Office and Foreign Office Confidential Print for Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Persia, Suez Canal, Turkey, Jordan, Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Syria. Historical documents such as reports, dispatches, correspondence, political summaries and economic analyses marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad.

Defining Gender 1450-1910 Adam Matthew 1450-1910
Defining Gender provides access to a vast body of original source material from a wide range of original sources including ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, poetry, receipt books and conduct and advice literature. Topics covered include conduct and politeness, domesticity and the family, consumption and leisure, education and sensibility and the body.

Digital National Security Archive ProQuest 1882-
Declassified U.S. government documents, providing primary source material to advance research in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century history, politics, and international relations. More than 650,000 pages are included, with many gathered through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act by The Archive.

Eighteenth Century Journals I-IV Adam Matthew years vary
Collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century newspapers and periodicals from the Hope Collection at the Bodleian Library (Section I), the Harry Ransom Research Center (Section II), the British Library Newspapers (Section III) and the newspaper and periodical collections from the Chetham's Library, Manchester and the Brotherton Library and University of Leeds (Section IV). Topics covered include Literature, the Theatre, the origins and rise of Romanticism, Politics, Revolution and Rebellion, Social issues, Gender, Society Life, Religion and the influence of the Press.

Empire Online Adam Matthew Digital years vary
Contains primary sources spanning five centuries from a translation of Columbus's 1492 voyage to 21st Century works on Imperialism"; thousands of images of unique source material including maps, manuscripts, pamphlets, paintings, drawings and rare books. All items are included in their entirety and the sources encourage multiple viewpoints. Includes detailed indexing that enables the sources to be explored in a variety of ways (by period, by date, by person and subject).

European Views of the Americas 1493 to 1750 EBSCO 1493-1750
An index to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. Based on the authoritative bibliography European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750.

Everyday Life and Women in America Adam Matthew Digital years vary
Resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history, providing access to rare primary source material from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. It comprises thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.

First World War Collection Adam Matthew years vary
The First World War portal presents rich and varied primary source documents on the personal experiences of men and women, recruitment, the development and dissemination of various forms of propaganda, women's war work, the Home Front and a broad array of international perspectives. The documents feature in three self-contained modules, Personal Experiences, Propaganda and Recruitment, and Visual Perspectives and Narratives.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan Adam Matthew Digital 1947-1964
This collection covers the years from 1947 to 1964, encompassing files on all the countries of South Asia: principally India and Pakistan, but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the Maldives.

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement and Colonial Encounters  Adam Matthew 
The primary source documents collected here in Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters help us to understand existence and consequences on the various frontiers that arose from the movements of Europeans to Africa, Australasia and North America.

Historical Statistics of the United States Cambridge years vary
An online and fully searchable version of the Historical Statistics of the United States. Contains statistics ranging from the earliest part of American history to present day, covering population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, governance, and international relations.

Macmillan Cabinet Papers 1957-1963 Adam Matthew 1957-1963
This database provides historians and political scientists with direct access to documents from the highest level of the British government during Harold Macmillan's term as prime minister. Included are 30,000 images of original documents.

Popular Culture in Britain and America  Adam Matthew 1950-1975
Popular Culture explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975. The resource offers thousands of colour images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia from this exciting period in our recent history. 

Popular Medicine in America 1800-1900 Adam Matthew 1800-1900
This unique collection showcases the development of 'popular' medicine in America during the nineteenth century, through an extensive range of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera.

Sabin Americana Gale 1500-1926
Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this database is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from 1500 to the early 1900s.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice Adam Matthew 1490-2007
This resource is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

Works of St. Augustine (4th Release) Intelex Corporation years vary
New City Press, in conjunction with the Augustinian Heritage Institute, has undertaken the first complete translation of the works of Saint Augustine.  This 4th release, with an additional 6 volumes, including The City of God, contains 41 volumes of the printed series.

Reference Sources

American National Biography Oxford 
American National Biography offers portraits of more than 19,000 men & women - from all eras and walks of life - whose lives have shaped the nation. 

Oxford African American Studies Center  years vary
A comprehensive full-text collection of scholarly materials that focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

Oxford Bibliographies Online  years vary
Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is a research tool for the social sciences and humanities that helps researchers find reliable sources of information by directing them to the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research area. It has excellent bibliographies in criminal justice and social work areas.

Streaming Videos

Academic Video Online: Premium Alexander Street 
Collection of over 48,000 streaming video titles spanning essential subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, history, music, film, and more. More than half of the titles are only available through Alexander Street Press.

PPR: Public performance is allowed as long as no admission fee or donation is collected, the screening takes place on campus, attendees are authorized users (currently enrolled students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars), and the screening is not advertised or promoted to the general public.

Films on Demand Films Media Group  
Contains thousands of streaming documentaries in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. For criminal justice, it contains films in the areas of criminal investigation, criminal justice system and sociology.

PPR: Licensee and Authorized Users may stream, display, publicly perform, or exhibit the licensed materials asynchronously on a single computer or network, course management system, or password protected website for classroom teaching, research, presentations, and educational non-commercial multimedia projects for use in educational institutions, provided no admission or other fees are charged for public viewing. Licensed material may not be used for the purposes of monetary reward by means of admission charge or fee for viewing, sale, loan, transfer, or other form of exploitation.

Socialism on Film Adam Matthew 
This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.