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Research Guide - History

Electronic Research Databases


Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

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Electronic Research Databases


America: History and Life (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating back to 1954, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of US and Canadian history.

Historical Abstracts (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) reference guide 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). This database is packed with annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square—over half a million entries in all.

Readers Guide Retrospective - (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) provides searching of nearly 100 years of coverage from some 375 U.S. magazines.Reports of historical events from the perspecive of when they happended. Time span 1890-1982.

The New York Times – Historical Collection  (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - a unique full-image archive of the entire historical run of The New York Times, the definitive voice of American journalism since 1851. The database delivers every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF. And the database just keeps growing, with a new year’s content added annually. The Historical New York Times gives researchers quick, accurate Web access to history as it was reported by the nation’s leading newspaper with: complete coverage from 1851-2001; display and classified ads; comics and cartoons; photos, maps, graphics, etc; editorials and commentary; unmatched journalistic breadth and depth; fair, objective reporting; first-class literary criticism; and in-depth coverage of science and politics.

Biography Resource Center (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - This database combines biographies and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences I(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Arts & Sciences I Collection includes the complete back runs of 117 titlesin fifteen disciplines. Established in 1997, it is JSTOR's first collection and includes many of the core researchand society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of ecology, mathematics, and statistics.

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences II(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) The Arts & Sciences II Collection is home to 122 titles. This collection adds depth to many disciplines introduced in Arts & Sciences I, such as economics, history, and Asian studies. Arts & Sciences II also offers core journals in several new disciplines, such as archaeology, classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies.

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) –250 full text electronic journalshumanities and social sciences titles covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard’'s Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Online encyclopedia.

Polling the Nations (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – contains 500,000 questions from surveys conducted in the United States and 100 other countries around the world from 1986 to the present. This unique resource is a valued research tool used in hundreds of academic libraries, government agencies, and businesses. Polls are useful because they present a snapshot of public opinion. Since Polling the Nations has information from a wide range of sources (more than 700 polling organizations), it presents a photo album. This breadth of information provides the opportunity to analyze trends, compare attitudes, and contrast opinion and behavior on more than 5000 topics. It is not surprising that Polling the Nationshas become a widely used standard reference tool.

Facts On File (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - reference resources to answer questions about events, issues, statistics and people. World News Digest, Today's Science, and Issues & Controversies.

Ethnic NewsWatch(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) -an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990.

American Civil War: Letters & Diaries (1861 - 1865) (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-campus ) -contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs.

Archive of Americana - Early American Imprints (1639 - 1800) (Link to Database – On-campus /Off-Campus)  - life in 17th and 18th century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, witchcraft, and just about any other topic imaginable...more than 36,000 works and 2,400,000 images.

Early Encounters in North America - Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-Campus) - contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.

North American Women's Letters & Diaries (Colonial to 1950) (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-Campus) - includes the immediate experiences of 1,235 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters



Finding Journals


Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – History. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide

Z253 .U5 C5 2003- The Chicago manual of style – Location: CIRC-DESK  

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Chicago/Turabian Style Handout at The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College. This is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference / Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk



Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

Class D

D1-2009 History (General)

D1-24.5 General

D25-27 Military and naval history

D31-34 Political and diplomatic history

D51-90 Ancient history

D101-110.5 Medieval and modern history, 476-

D111-203 Medieval history

D135-149 Migrations

D151-173 Crusades

D175-195 Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Latin Orient, 1099-1291

D200-203 Later medieval. 11th-15th centuries

D(204)-(475) Modern history, 1453-

D219-234 1453-1648

D242-283.5 1601-1715. 17th century

D251-271 Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648

D274.5-6 Anglo-French War, 1666-1667

D275-276 War of Devolution, 1667-1668

D277-278.5 Dutch War, 1672-1678

D279-280.5 War of the Grand Alliance, 1688-169

D281-283.5 War of Spanish Succession, 1701-1714

D284-297 1715-1789. 18th century

D291-294 War of Austrian Succession, 1740-1748

D297 Seven Years’ War, 1756-1763

D299-(475) 1789-

D301-309 Period of the French Revolution

D351-400 19th century. 1801-1914/1920

D371-(379) Eastern question

D383 1815-1830. Congress of Vienna

D385-393 1830-1870

D394-400 1871-. Later 19th century

D410-(475) 20th century

D461-(475) Eastern question

D501-680 World War I (1914-1918)

D720-728 Period between World Wars (1919-1939)

D731-838 World War II (1939-1945)

D839-860 Post-war history (1945-)

D880-888 Developing countries

D890-893 Eastern Hemisphere

D900-2009 Europe (General)

D901-980 Description and travel

D1050-2009 History

DA Great Britain

DAW Central Europe

DB Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary – Czechoslovakia DC France - Andorra – Monaco

DD Germany

DE Greco-Roman World

DF Greece

DG Italy – Malta

DH Low Countries - Benelux Countries

DJ Netherlands (Holland)

DJK Eastern Europe (General)

DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics – Poland

DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia

DP Spain – Portugal

DQ Switzerland

DR Balkan Peninsula

DS Asia

DT Africa

DU Oceania (South Seas)

DX Gypsies

Class E

E11-143 America

E151-889 United States  

Class F  

F1-975 United States local history  

F1001-1142.2 British America (including Canada); Dutch America  

F1170 French America  

F1201 -3799 Latin America; Spanish America


Web Sites of Interest

The New York Public Library - Digital Collections - Text and image collections. Text collections: African American women writers of the 19th Century, surveyors of American West and Yizkor (Holocaust Memorial) books. Image Collections: black history, civil war medical care, dress and fashion, Ellis Island, illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, 700 years of scientifica and medical illustration and Yiddish Theatre placards.

West Virginia History: A Bibliography and Guide to Research - Bibliographical resources for West Virginia history, including county histories, folklore, churches, education, the Civil War, and many other areas.

The National Security Archive – "Combines a unique range of functions in one non governmental, non-profit institution. The Archive is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of the documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats. The Archive's approximately $2.3 million yearly budget comes from publication revenues and from private philanthropists such as the Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.As a matter of policy, the Archive receives no government funding."

AmericanPresident.org – "Is the most comprehensive resource on the history of the presidency and the nature of policy making available online. This exciting resource is brought to you by Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the nation’s leading research institute for the study of the American presidency."

BBC/English history – British Broadcasting Corporation; historical periods; noted people in history; monarchs and heads of government; wars; archaeology; science.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States - "This online service makes available material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, in hardcover printed volumes entitled The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States… January 1992 through December 2001."

American Memory Project at the Library of Congress – "American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."

United States National Archives & Records AdministrationFeatures online exhibits and documents.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - An online map collection with historical maps and maps of U.S. cities.

University of Georgia Libraries, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Collection - Rare maps of the New World, Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Revolutionary Georgia, Union and Expansion, Civil War, Frontier to New South, Savannah and the Coast, and Transportation.

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History – Links to documents from the 1400’s to present.

Avalon Project at Yale University – "Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government."

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873 – "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. It includes the Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-89); the Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-89); the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, or Farrand's Records, and the Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (1787-88), or Elliot's Debates; the Journals of the House of Representatives (1789-1875) and the Senate (1789-1875), including the Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875); the Journal of William Maclay (1789-91), senator from Pennsylvania in the 1st Congress; the debates of Congress as published in the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), the Register of Debates (1824-37), Congressional Globe (1833-73), and Congressional Record (1873-75); the Statutes at Large (1789-1875); the American State Papers (1789-1838); and congressional bills and resolutions for selected sessions beginning with the 6th Congress (1799) in the House of Representatives and the 16th Congress (1819) in the Senate. A select number of documents and reports from the monumental U.S. Congressional Serial Set are available as well. This online collection houses the records of the U.S. Congress up to 1875, which includes the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, published by the Government Printing Office."

Thomas – "Legislative Information on the Internet."

Documenting the American South – "A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. Currently DocSouth includes seven thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs."

Foreign Relations of the United States – "A permanent electronic archive of information released prior to January 20, 2001" … covers, full text, from Truman through Johnson.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents – "The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published every Monday and is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary."

GPO Access – "The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government." …Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Documents.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Personal stories, artifacts, encyclopedia and information on genocide.  

Digital Book Index - "Provides links to more than 114,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 75,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost."

Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies - "ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students."

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Medieval History

Making of America (MOA) - "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."

Cold War International History Project - "The Cold War International History Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources on 'the other side' -- the former Communist World"

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950's - Information on Communism, black lists, Hoover's FBI and the beginning of the beatnick culture.

Center for History and New Media - History Matters project "offers a range of resources, including 1000 primary documents in text, image, and audio, an annotated guide to 850 of the best US History websites; guides using various kinds of online primary sources, such as oral history and maps; and moderated discussions about teaching." Other projects include: September 11 Digital Archive, History News Network, Liberty Equality, Faternity: Exploring the French Revolution, Imaging the French Revolution, Echo, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, Exploring US History, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Oral History Project, World History Matters, Teaching American History, Western Civilization Webography, Lost Museum, Hypertext Scholarship in American Studies, Do History, and Interpreting the Declaration of Independance by Translation.

De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History - "An international scholarly association established to foster and develop interest in the study of military affairs and warfare in the Middle Ages and the Pre-Modern Period.

Library of Congress HLAS online: Handbook of Latin American Studies - "The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin American consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities." 

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States - "Contains a slightly expandedand fully searchable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States."

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition - "Dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction."

Historical Census Browser - "Examine state and county topics for individual census years...examine multipe topics within a census year...produce tables of data by state or county...sort data by selected categories...creat ratios between any two data categories..." From 1790 to 1960.

Veterans History Project - "Collect and preserve stories of wartime service...World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts..."

Voices of Civil Rights - "Personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all."

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe- "Links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimilie, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history)."

The World War I Document Archive - "Archive of primary documents from World War I...international in focus and intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War."

World War I Remembered - BBC News site documents from WWI such as archive radio interviews, images and newsreel, and letters from soldiers.

Historic Government Documents from World War II - "Contains 343 Informational pamphlets, government reports, instructions, regulations, declarations, speeches, and propaganda materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office during the Second World War."

POTUS (Presidents of the United States) - Information on all United States Presidents compiled by the Internet Public Library.


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