History Databases & Descriptions

History Research Guide

America: History and Life

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from prehistoric times through the present. The database comprises 400,000 bibliographic entries from over 2000 sources. Publications indexed are post-1964.  Updated annually.

Alexander Street Press Vast Collection

VAST is a package of video collections, accessible through the new Academic Video Online cross-search.


Includes nearly a million detailed archival descriptions of collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. An important source for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories.  

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers. Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.

Historical Abstracts

Contains references for publications since 1954 to over 2000 sources. Includes article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations on the history of the world except the US and Canada from 1450 to present. Updated annually.

Historical New York Times via ProQuest (Full Text)

A searchable database of article and full page images of every issue of the New York Times from September 18, 1851 to December 31, 2001.

Humanities Source (EBSCO)

Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.  Humanities Source provides full text—plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing—for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. Including feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more, Humanities Source is a valuable collection for students, researchers and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. Content Includes:  full text for more than 1,450 journals, high-quality indexing and in-depth abstracts for thousands of journals, indexing for hundreds of thousands of articles, including book reviews,  millions of records, a unique subject thesaurus, and more.

In the First Person

In the First Person is a free, high quality, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

JSTOR (Full Text)

Provides full text access for scholarly journals in the areas of African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The Life Science Collection is also available. This database covers a complete journal run from the first issue up to the most recent three to five years.


OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources developed by the University of Michigan and harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

Pennsylvania Digital Library

The Pennsylvania Digital Library (PADL) is a state-wide repository for digital resources created by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other cultural heritage organizations. PADL provides researchers with an aggregated search interface for these digital materials.

Project MUSE

Access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The coverage is from 1990 to the present.
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