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Search research databases for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, case studies, editorials, reports, reviews, and other documents about history.

Key History Databases

  • America: History and Life
    Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

    America: History and Life indexes literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.

    Coverage: Indexing for 1,700 journals published from 1964 to present.

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  • American Periodicals

    American Periodicals contains page images of more than 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. 

    The collection is arranged in three series:

    • 1741-1800, the period of transition from British colony to emerging nation
    • 1800-1850, pre-Civil War and the era of debate over slavery
    • 1850-1900, Civil War and Reconstruction. 

    Magazines of these periods cover the literature, science, religion, arts, and history of the time. Articles can be searched by author, source, and words in the complete text.

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  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.

    This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.

    BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
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  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
    Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

    CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.

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  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more - essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955. History and social science researchers have used Historical Abstracts to discover significant and groundbreaking work for more than 50 years.
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  • Humanities International Complete
    Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Includes all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records) and full text for more than 670 journals.
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  • JSTOR (Arts & Sciences Collections III and V)
    Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added approximately on a weekly basis.
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  • Social Sciences Citation Index : SSCI
    Multidisciplinary database with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences.

    Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in over 1,700 of the world's leading scholarly social sciences journals covering more than 50 disciplines, plus individually selected, relevant items from approximately 3,300 of the world's leading science and technology journals.

    Subjects covered include, but are not limited to: Anthropology. Area studies. Business. Communication. Criminology. Demography. Economics. Education. Environmental studies. Ergonomics. Ethics. Ethnic studies. Family studies. Geography. Gerontology. Health policy. History. Industrial relations. Information Science & Library Science. International relations. Law. Linguistics. Management. Nursing. Philosophy. Planning and development. Political science. Psychiatry. Psychology. Public administration. Public health. Rehabilitation. Social issues. Social work. Sociology. Substance abuse. Transportation. Urban studies. Womens studies.

    More subject categories. ISI Citation Databases are multidisciplinary databases of bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. It is indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. - OhioLINK

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More Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete, is multi-disciplinary full-text database, with articles from newspapers, magazines, and 4,400 peer-reviewed journals.

    This database includes indexing, abstracts, and some full text not only for articles, but also for reviews, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and other documents.

      Academic Search Complete includes coverage in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.

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  • Biography Reference Bank
    Provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images. BRB offers substantive narrative profiles, each about 2,000 words long, from H.W. Wilson publications and other respected publishers. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.

    Daily updates provide up-to-the-minute coverage of newsmakers. Full-text articles, abstracts, and images gleaned from thousands of magazines and journals cover new names and expand on existing profiles. Book review excerpts and full text reviews help users find and select print biographies.

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  • OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
    Provides full-text online access to journals purchased by OhioLINK for member libraries.

    The journals are listed alphabetically and by subject categories. A search interface is provided for searching articles.Includes the full text of more than 7000 online research journals covering many subject areas.

    Most electronic indexes available to the Ohio academic community link from article citations to the full text in the EJC.
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  • European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
    This bibliographic database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750, the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.

    The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846 is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.
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  • A New Nation Votes : American Election Returns, 1787-1825
    A searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The bulk of the election data came from contemporary sources such as newspapers and original election ballots. Other sources include County histories that were published in the 19th century. Users can search by state, by office, by year, and by candidate.
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  • OAIster (FirstSearch Interface)
    OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources. They provide access to the digital resources of 1,000+ providers by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). Collections include: theses, technical reports, research papers and image collections.
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  • OAIster (WorldCat Interface)
    OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources. They provide access to the digital resources of 1,000+ providers by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). Collections include: theses, technical reports, research papers and image collections.
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  • OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository
    Allows researchers to search finding aids across institutions to locate archival materials and primary sources across the state.

    The EAD Finding Aid Creation Tool and OhioLINK Repository (EAD FACTORy) will help archivists ensure broad-based access to archival collections and local history collections by providing a solution for institutions wishing to create and deliver finding aids according to the Encoded Archival Description standard. Finding aids are descriptive tools that come in a variety of formats and levels of detail that describe the contents of archival or manuscript collections. EAD is an international standard for encoding archival finding aids, making them standardized in structure as well as more predictably searchable in collaborative electronic repository environments.
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  • Project Muse
    Full-text versions of peer-reviewed journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, as well as thousands of ebooks, with emphasis on humanities and social sciences.
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  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
    Covers such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

    With over 290 full text journals and unparalleled coverage of the subject areas, the Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.
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  • HarpWeek
    Is the electronic version of Harper's Weekly from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, 1857-1871. HarpWeek includes all the pages of Harper's Weekly as scanned images, together with a series of indexes. Harper's Weekly was a leading national weekly during the second half of the nineteenth-century, providing information and insights on political, military and social issues and events prior to and during the Civil War.

    HarpWeek includes news, editorials, stories, illustrations, book reviews, serialized novels, advertising and maps from the weekly. It also includes biographical information about period leaders. 
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