Research Guide - History
Electronic Research Databases
Library of Congress Classification System
Web Sites of Interest
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
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."
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
D1-2009 History (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
D175-195 Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Latin Orient, 1099-1291
D200-203 Later medieval. 11th-15th centuries
D(204)-(475) Modern history, 1453-
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
D301-309 Period of the French Revolution
D351-400 19th century. 1801-1914/1920
D371-(379) Eastern question
D383 1815-1830. Congress of Vienna
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
DA Great Britain
DAW Central Europe
DB Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary – Czechoslovakia DC France - Andorra – Monaco
DE Greco-Roman World
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
DR Balkan Peninsula
DU Oceania (South Seas)
E151-889 United States
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
Web Sites of Interest
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.
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 Administration - Features online exhibits and documents.
AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History – Links to documents from the 1400’s to present.
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."
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.
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."
The Literature & Culture of the American 1950's - Information on Communism, black lists, Hoover's FBI and the beginning of the beatnick culture.
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."
POTUS (Presidents of the United States) - Information on all United States Presidents compiled by the Internet Public Library.
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