Research Guides: History

Get Started: Reference Works

Encyclopaedia Britannica Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Britannica is a great starting point for basic information, with entries for just about anything. Try using the related articles and web links to help navigate and deepen your knowledge.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 Restricted Resource Some full text available
In-depth coverage of topics in African American history "from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass."
Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present Restricted Resource Some full text available
In-depth coverage of African American history from the Reconstructionist Era to the present day. 
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History Restricted Resource Some full text available
Offers assessment and analysis of American military and diplomatic history up to the present day.
Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encylopedia Restricted Resource Some full text available
Chronicles the facets, trends, and changes in crime and punishment starting from the year 1600 to the present day.

Keep Exploring: Reference Databases

Credo Reference | History
Browse a selection of authoritative titles covering topics related to history, including books related to archeology, world history, and US history as well as key concepts from ancient history to the present day.
Biography in Context
A comprehensive source for information about significant individuals throughout history and the present. Many entries include further readings and links to websites.
U.S. History in Context
Aggregates a diversity of sources on major U.S. historical topics and people. Includes links to encyclopedia articles, images, audio, relevant articles from academic journals, and primary sources. Good starting point for a contextual overview of a major topic.
World History in Context
Aggregates a diversity of sources on major world historical topics and people. Includes links to encyclopedia articles, images, audio, relevant articles from academic journals, and primary sources. Good starting point for a contextual overview of a major topic.

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Academic Search Premier (ASP) Restricted Resource Some full text available
A great starting point for locating scholarly articles.  ASP covers social sciences (education, psychology), humanities (art, literature, religion), physical sciences (biology, ecology), as well as other areas.
Humanities Source Restricted Resource Some full text available
Find scholarly articles, interviews, original works of fiction, and reviews of books and performances.  Subject areas covered include literature, philosophy, history, religion, film, communications, performing arts, and more.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
JSTOR is an extensive database of interdisciplinary scholarship from the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. Contains full-text articles, but may exclude the most recent issues.

Search Primary Sources and Digital Collections

Black Thought and Culture Restricted Resource Some full text available
Superb collection of historical and contemporary sources related to African-American culture and intellectual life.  Includes writings by leaders within the black community, important biographies and events.
Library of Congress: American History by Subject Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
These pages link to selected collection content available online at the Library of Congress on topics such as African-American history, American Indian history, city and regional histories, culture and folklife, immigration and ethnic heritage, military history, oral histories, religion in America and women's history.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Restricted Resource Some full text available
This unique database contains articles, reference works and primary sources about U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Browse by name, place, publication, subject, or by social movement.

Watch & Listen: Multimedia Resources

American History in Video | Alexander Street Press
This vast collection of documentaries, newsreels, public affairs videos, and archival footage covers key themes, events, and historical eras in U.S. History from the colonial period through the 21st Century.
DigiBaeck | German-Jewish History Online
The New-York Leo Baeck Institute houses an extensive archive of primary source materials relating to German-speaking Jewish history. On the DigiBack website, you can listen to oral histories, read unpublished diaries/memoirs, and view amateur films made in the 1930s.

By the Numbers: Statistics

Eurostat: Statistics Explained
Official statistical data from the European Union in a browsable, Wikipedia-like format.
NationMaster
This website compiles data from many sources and lets you compare countries side by side, creating maps and graphs for all kinds of statistics.
U.S. Census Bureau
A one-stop source for US statistical information. Search by topic, by state, or browse their library of infographics.
Need more? Check out the Statistical Resources guide.

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