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Selected Databases

Research Library (Proquest): Search the full collection of journals, magazines and newspapers for information on a broad range of general subjects. (Includes APS Online and Historical New York Times.)

JSTOR: JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. JSTOR is an interdisciplinary archive of hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, business and social sciences.

America: History and Life with Full Text - (EBSCO): This resource covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With hundreds of full-text journals and books, and selective indexing for journals dating back nearly 60 years, this database is a key reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.

Hispanic American Periodicals Index - (HAPI) - Spanish language content: The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) is your source for over 265,000 journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 34,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

Facts On File (World News Digest): Facts On File World News Digest @ FACTS.com brings together complete content from the Facts On File World News Digest and a live news feed from Reuters® to answer questions about events, people, issues, facts, and figures from 1940 to the present. Facts On File World News Digest @ FACTS.com also delivers maps, photographs, historic documents, and special overviews of key issues, newsmakers, and events since 1940.

More Resources

Academic Universe - (Lexis-Nexis): LexisNexis Academic Universe provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. Over 40 different databases are available by cagegory: News (U.S. and international papers, newswires, news magazines, media transcripts, blogs, some updated hourly), General (as News, plus business, industry, and healthcare publications), Legal (federal, state, Canadian, and EU statutes and court cases, law reviews, patents), Business (company dossiers, profiles, and financial reports), and People (who’s whos and obituaries).

American Periodicals Series (Proquest): American Periodicals This database contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.

American State Papers (1789-1838): The American State Papers constitute primary source material on many aspects of early American history from 1789 to 1838. A retrospective republication of approximately 6280 numbered publications, largely Congressional but also containing Executive Department materials, the American State Paper volumes, issued from 1832-1861, were published in ten classes in a total of 38 folio volumes.The publications in the American State Papers are not divided into reports and documents and do not include House and Senate journals.

Annual Reviews: Annual Reviews provides authoritative, analytic reviews in 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesizing the vast amount of primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in your field.

Bibliography of Native North Americans: 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 100,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800): Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 is based on Charles Evans'American Bibliography and Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography. This collection is a great resource for research involving early American history, literature, philosophy, religion, and more. It covers every aspect of 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.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819): Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819) provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century. Continuing Readex's Early American Imprints: Series I, this primary source database is based on the bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker and now supplemented by thousands of new items. In addition to its books, pamphlets and broadsides, this collection features many state papers and government materials, including published reports; presidential letters and messages; congressional, state and territorial resolutions.

Early American Newspapers Series 1-5 (1690-1922): As part of the Readex, America's Historical Newspapers Series, this product offers more than 200 significant 18th and 19th-century newspapers. EAN Series II focuses on the period between 1820 and 1860, when the number of American newspapers rose dramatically. Based primarily on the newspaper collection of the American Antiquarian Society, Series II also includes titles from the holdings of the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and other organizations. Dates of coverage vary by newspaper. Newspapers are in the process of being digitized and added to this Series II collection. As of July 2006, 125 of the newspapers had been added. The project is expected to be completed in two years or less.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online - (Gale): Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

Electronic Collections Online - (OCLC): OCLC List of 19 full text & 11 citation/abstract databases.

FDsys (Federal Digital System): FDSys stands for Federal Digital System, which is a searchable database providing comprehensive and full text online access to a wide range of official federal government publications. It replaces the now-defunct GPO Access.

Fuente Académica - Spanish language content: Fuente Academica is a unique collection of scholarly journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. This multi-disciplinary database offers full text content to many academic areas including business & economics, medical sciences, political science, law, computer science, library & information sciences, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy and theology. This database provides full text (including PDF) for 260 scholarly Spanish language journals. Content is provided in Spanish from respected publishers worldwide, including Revista de Arquitectura, Estudios Sobre Educacion, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, Comunicacion y Sociedad, Revista de Ciencia Politica, Revista Historia, and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: The sources that Gale Virtual Reference Library offers in eBook format include multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.

HeritageQuest Online - (Proquest): HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.

Historical New York Times - (Proquest): This database covers The New York Times from its first issue in 1851 through 2004. It offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Latin American Newsletters - Spanish language content: Since 1967, Latinnews (Latin American Newsletters) has been acknowledged as the foremost source of intelligence on political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read by business executives, the financial services sector, government officials and leading academics alike, Latinnews’ comprehensive range of print and online resources offers subscribers a reliable, accurate and timely source of insight into key events that shape the region. "

Latin American NewsStand(Proquest) - Spanish language content: A ProQuest database that offers a selection of full-text Latin-American newspapers and newswires covering international and Latin-American regional topics.

Legal Source - (EBSCO): Developed through a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources not previously available, this database provides full-text coverage of the world's most respected scholarly law journals. Legal Source is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals, and others involved with the law.

Military and Government Collection - (EBSCO): Full-text periodical and academic journal articles, covering current news pertaining to all branches of the military.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection - (EBSCO): Nearly 575 full-text publications, including 550 peer-reviewed titles, in psychiatry & psychology, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Social Sciences Module - (Proquest): Search periodicals on social science subjects such as anthropology, culture, criminology, political science, social welfare, urban development, and more in this ProQuest Research Library module.

Social Services Abstracts - (CSA/Proquest): Abstracts and indexes over 1,300 journals, plus book reviews and doctoral dissertations in social work, human services, social policy, social welfare, and community development.

Texas Reference Center: More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, Texas biography, and Texas culture.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set 1817-1980: Full texts of bills, reports, journals, and other documents from the U.S. Congress going back to 1817.

World History Collection - (EBSCO): Full text of 150 history journals.

Selected Internet Resources

Anthropology Resources

  • Anthropology Glossary from Oregon State University.
  • Anthropological Theories these guides to anthropological theories and approaches have been prepared by graduate students of the University of Alabama under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Murphy. They are works in progress and, as always, it is wise to heed the invocation: Caveat Retis Viator (Let the Net Traveler Beware!)
  • Anthropology Biography Web over 250 biographies of people who have influenced anthropology.
  • AnthroTech: WWW Virtual Library : Anthropology
  • Indigenous Studies: WWW Virtual Library : The Center For World Indigenous Studies (CWIS)
  • LSU Anthropology Page is a very extensive directory of anthropology resources presented by Louisiana State University.
  • Resources in Ethnographic Studiesis a Collection of Resources in Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, and Folklife. A Library of Congress Internet Resource Page.
  • Texas Beyond History is a public education project of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin. Its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world.
  • Writing Tools for Anthropology Students is designed to provide quick access to internet sites that might be useful for University of Alabama anthropology students in developing writing assignments, it is a useful resource for all anthropology students.

Political Science Resources

  • Encyclopedia of Democracy [ JC423 .E53 1995] - Comprehensive four-volume work on all aspects of democracy.
  • Oxford Companion to Politics of the World [JA61 .O95 2001]
  • Political Handbook of the World [JF37 .P6] - Current and essential political information about every country in the world.
  • World encyclopedia of parliaments and legislatures [JF511 .W67 1998]

History Resources

Asian History
European History
Mexican/Latin/South American History
African-American History
Texas History
U.S. History
  • 1896 : the Presidential Campaign, Cartoons & Commentary from Vassar College. This website provides an introduction to one aspect of the campaign: the hundreds of political cartoons published in newspapers around the country. They offer a window into political structures and issues, society, and culture in the United States, just before the turn of the last century.
  • American Civil War Homepage: the American Civil War Homepage gathers together in one place hypertext links to the most useful identified electronic files about the American Civil War (1861-1865). The page is maintained by Dr. George H. Hoemann at the University of Tennessee.
  • American Experience: PBS.org Site focuses on programming on PBS, but includes Timelines, Maps, Teacher's Guides, and more.
  • American Memory: Historical Collections from the National Digital Library of the Library of Congress is from the Library of Congress, American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Also be sure to peruse the Map Collections:1500-1999.
  • Authentic History Center is comprised of images of artifacts, sounds, and written letters and diaries. They believe that those items reflect the history and societal values of the time period in which they were produced. They are presented there without comment for individual study of American History.
  • Coins of Colonial and Early America is a Project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment, University of Notre Dame, Department of Special Collections.
  • Cornell Digital Collections. The CDL Faq explains all the collections that are available.
  • Crisis at Fort Sumter is from Tulane University. Crisis at Fort Sumter is an interactive historical simulation and decision making program. Using text, images, and sound, it reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.
  • Digital History is a joint project of the University of Houston, Chicago Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the U.S. National Parks Service, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Includes Resource Guides, an Online Textbook, an Encyclopedia of American History, a Biographical Dictionary af American History, Timelines, Primary Resources, and much more.
  • Exploring Constitutional Law: Discusses major constitutional conflicts, webpage created by Doug Linder, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.
  • Famous Trialsis from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
  • Historical Census Browser is from the University of Virginia Geospatial and Statistical Data Center.
  • Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-1990 is from the Population Division Working Paper NO. 29, U.S. Bureau of the Census.
  • Historical Voices.org is from Michigan State University. The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century.
  • History journals online is an extensive index of journals related to the study of history, from Tennessee Tech. Also, Internet Resources regarding history.
  • History Matters is designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history. A project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. For contact information.
  • History Now: A quarterly online journal for American history teachers and students created by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Internet History Sourcebook Project is produced by Paul Halsall, "The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." Included are the Ancient History Sourcebook, Medieval History Sourcebook, Modern History Sourcebook, Byzantine Studies, African, East Asian, Global, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Lesbian and Gay, Science and Women's History Sourcebooks.
  • Internet Public Library: U.S. History. Directory of useful sites for U.S. History.
  • League of Nations Photo Archive is hosted by Indiana University; contains photographs, cartoons, posters, and other visual material related to the League of Nations.
  • LII.org History: Librarians Index to the Internet
  • Making of America:Cornell University. Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
  • Making of America:University of Michigan. Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
  • National Women's History Project
  • New Deal Network is a research and teaching resource on the World Wide Web devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal. NDN is now based at the Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT) at Columbia University.
  • The OYEZ Project is a vast multimedia relational database on the U.S. Supreme Court, contains abstracts for all leading constitutional decisions of the Court, authoritative oral arguments in streamed media format, a virtual reality tour of the Supreme Court building.
  • Peopling North America: Population Movements & Migration. from the University of Calgary. An historical overview of migratory movements, this tutorial focuses on diasporas to and within Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Population movements have been occurring for tens of thousands of years and continue to the present day. We shall examine the demographic, economic, cultural, and political nature of major movements, as well as consider their growth and development, their regional and global causes, and their impact.
  • Popular Songs in American History Tunes, Lyrics, Information, Historical Background and Tune related Links.
  • Reel American History: the goal of the Reel American History Project by students at Lehigh University is to stimulate high school, college, and graduate students to think critically about the ways movies construct our history. To that end, this "ever in-progress" site is an expanding archive of student projects on individual films that also contains a variety of resource materials intended to enable other students to complete such projects.
  • Suffragists Oral History Project: Oral History Online provided by UC-Berkely.
  • Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
  • USAHistory.com: Presidents, Trivia, Statistics, Wars, State Pages, Constitution. Commercially created site which has a lot of useful information.
  • U.S. History.org is specializing in U.S. history pertaining to the Philadelphia area.
  • U.S. History Resources is primarily for high school and undergraduate students, this site does a commendable job of summarizing and simplifying the material presented in most introductory/survey history courses.

Print Resources


Political Science Resources

  • FirstGov.gov - designed to be an entry portal, directory, and government information search engine for the masses, this official U.S. Government site does as good a job as possible collecting government information for general perusal
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - Don't be offended that this site purports to be "for kids." This site provides excellent, clear perspectives on the major work of U.S. Government.
  • GPOAccess.gov - very much a fulltext resource, GPOAccess is currently the premier outlet for Federal Government-produced information. All the main work of government from all of its branches and agencies is represented here.
  • The National Archives - NARA offers excellent, fulltext and in most cases full-image versions of important, foundational historic documents such as The Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Louisiana Purchase, etc.

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