History Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on history


America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Historical Abstracts - world history

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics [also covers humanities]

Project MUSE - humanities, including history

Others to consider:

Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

New York Times Historical - full page and article images from 1851-2003

OneSearch - Articles

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals and Citing Your Sources

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use the links below for quick lists of books and videos on:

California missions

Great Depression

motion pictures and history

oral history

primary sources in history

Selected online encyclopedias

American Decades, 2000-2009. 2011

Ancient Europe 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World. 2003

Concise Encyclopedia of the Great Recession, 2007-2010. 2010

Constitutional Amendments: An Encyclopedia. 2012

Dictionary of American History. 2003

Encyclopedia of African History. 2004

Encyclopedia of American Disability History. 2009

Encyclopedia of European Migration and Minorities From the Seventeenth Century to the Present. 2011

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. 2008

Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts. 2010

Encyclopedia of Russian History. 2004

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. 2011

Encyclopedia of the American Indian Movement. 2013

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. 2004

Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War: A Political, Social, and Military History. 2012

Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. 2012

The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. 2011

Encyclopaedia of Twentieth Century African History. 2002

Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. 2004

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. [abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text]

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. 2005

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Civil War. 2011

The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students. 2003

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia. 2011

Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. 2012

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide. 2004

What Happened?: An Encyclopedia of Events That Changed America Forever. 2011


American history

Access to Archival Databases Search over 50 million historic electronic records created by more than 20 federal agencies on a variety of topics; provided by the National Archives and Records Administration.

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History Includes links to primary documents organized in categories: 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, Civil War, Reconstruction and Progressive Period, 20th Century, WWI, Interwar Period, WWII and Aftermath, Cold War, Vietnam, Mid-Late 70's, 80's and 90's; provided by Kendall Simmons, University of Kansas.

American Memory Offers over 80 diverse collections of digital materials, including American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, and Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies; searchable by keyword or browseable by topic, Library of Congress Subject Heading, time or place; provided by the Library of Congress.

Calisphere Primary source items on the history and culture of California; searchable and browsable by subject or theme; provided by the University of California.

Discovering American Women's History OnlineAccess to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States; provided by Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University.

HistoryNet Offers articles, information, and links for history enthusiasts; provided by Primedia History Group, publisher of history magazines.

Today in History Provides historical facts related to the current date along with links to materials from the extensive American Memory collection; includes access to the previous day's site and an archive of the sites for all 365 days; provided by the Library of Congress.

World history

African Studies Internet Resources Extensive links about Africa categorized by region, country, organization, and topic; provided by Columbia University Libraries.

Best of History Websites Annotated links to history websites and sites for teaching history in K-12; provided by EdTechTeacher.org.

British History Online Core primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles; provided by the University of London and the History of Parliament Trust.

Eurodocs: Online Sources for European History Includes links to primary documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated; organized by country; provided by Richard Hacken, Brigham Young University.

Handbook of Latin American Studies Offers citations to scholarly publications in the social sciences and humanities; searchable by subject, author or title; provided by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Latin American Network Information Center Search or browse extensive collection of links about Latin America; provided by the University of Texas at Austin.

WWW-VL History Central Catalogue Includes extensive links organized in categories: Research, Eras and Epochs, Historical Topics, Countries and Regions; provided by European University Institute, Florence Italy.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to California and Local History, Evaluating Websites and Internet Resources and Citing Your Sources.

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