Major Research Tools

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.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Gale Primary Sources


Coverage: 1604-2008

Research environment for finding primary sources. Currently searches across four platforms: 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers; Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); The Times of London Digital Archive 1785-2008; and The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive.

History Research Tools - Europe (General)


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

London Times Digital Archive

Coverage: 1785-1985

Electronic edition of The Times of London. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.

Victorian Web


Information on the politics, culture, and society of the Victorian era (1837-1901). Originating from materials from English literature courses at Brown University; additional contributions from scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from institutions around the world.

Specialized Collections

1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War


Online reference work on World War One with contributions from historians and researchers from many countries.

Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne

Full-Text, Reference

Biographical dictionary published in the 1870s. Contains many persons not found in other biographical dictionaries; especially strong for French persons. Full text available via Hathi Trust. In French.

Compact Memory: Internet Archive of Jewish Periodicals


Digital archive of German-language Jewish newspapers and periodicals,  ca. 1768 - 1938, in Germany, Austria, and elsewhere in Central Europe.  Covers religious, political, social, cultural, and academic aspects of Jewish life.

Europeana 1914-1918


Collection of primary documents on World War I from national libraries in Europe as well as members of the public. Includes diaries, letters, photos, films, documents and postcards.

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.

Hemeroteca Digital


Digitized Spanish-language periodicals from the 19th century through the 1930s. Most titles are from Spain, but some are from other Spanish speaking countries. From the National Library of Spain.

Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website


Detailed population data for the British Isles from 1801 to 1937. Includes data on births, marriages, and deaths, plus supplementary essays.

Internet Library of Early Journals


Full-text of six British journals published during the 18th and 19th centuries. Titles are the Annual Register, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Gentleman's Magazine, Notes and Queries, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and The Builder.

Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE)


Full text of six nineteenth-century British periodicals and newspapers.

Women's Issues and Identities

Archive of primary sources documenting movements for women's rights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, including movements for suffrage and reproductive rights.

World War I Document Archive


Collection of primary documents relating to World War I. From the BYU Library.