Major Research Tools

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering the Enlightenment "from the rise of Descartes' disciples in 1670 to the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815."

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance


Collection of databases, including Iter Bibliography, a bibliography and index of articles, books, essays, and book reviews on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes coverage of art and literature.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Burney Collection of Newspapers


Digital collection of early English news media from the 17th and 18th centuries. Includes pamphlets, broadsides, periodicals, and an extensive collection of London newspapers. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, The Times of London Digital Archive, and The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.

Early English Books Online


Collection of texts printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes literary texts, sermons, legal documents, scientific treatises, and many other types of works.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online I and II


Digital collection of 180,000 English language books, pamphlets, essays, and broadsides published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Gale Primary Sources search interface.

History Research Tools - Europe (General)


Skillman library's links to major indexes and full-text collections covering multiple periods of European history.

Specialized Collections

British History Online


Digital library containing some of the core primary and secondary sources for the study of medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Includes government documents, most notably the domestic Calendar of State Papers for 1547-1704 and the foreign Calendar of State Papers for 1547-1589.

Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection


An online selection from Cornell's extensive collection of materials on the history of superstition and witchcraft persecution in Europe.

Dictionnaire des femmes de l'ancienne France

Full-Text, Reference

A biographical dictionary of women who lived in France or had an important connection to the French language from the 5th through the 18th century (up to women born in 1780). Although world-famous women are represented, the dictionary's main value is for its entries of women little-known outside their regions or fields of activity. There are two types of entries ("notices"): the "notices modernes" written by contemporary scholars; and the "notices anciennes", which are reproduced from biographical works published since the 16th century. The editors warn that the information from these older published works is not always reliable. Finding entries by browsing is more efficient than searching names directly.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750


Index of works about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. "Covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples." Note that the full text of English language titles may be found in Early English Books Online or Eighteenth Century Collections Online; for the full text of French titles, check Gallica.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Coverage: 1994-present

Index of journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Covers Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Provided by The University of Iowa Libraries.

Global Commodities

Primary sources such as manuscripts/diaries, rare books, maps, paintings, advertisements, company records, etc., covering the global history of 15 major commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, energy, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine & spirits.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook


Collection of translated texts from late antiquity to the age of exploration. From Fordham University.

London Lives 1690-1800: Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis


A variety of documents that can be used to reconstruct everyday life in 18th-century London. Incorporates the proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, and provides extensive background essays on London.

Map of Early Modern London


Map of London during the late 16th and early 17th centuries with descriptions of streets, sites, and churches. From the University of Victoria.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


Detailed data on trans-Atlantic slaving voyages from the 16th through 19th centuries.