Major Research Tools

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1955 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.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly, biographical articles on noteworthy people who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. (Does not include information on people still living.)

Other Suggested Research Tools

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

Location: Call #: D20 A46 1995x

Highly selective, annotated bibliography of books and articles in every field of historical scholarship. Bibliographies are organized geographically and further subdivided by time period and topic.

Specialized Collections

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy


Coverage: 4000BCE - Present

Collection of historical documents related to law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.

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.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Biographical dictionary covering the "lives of Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland."



Gateway to transcriptions, facsimiles and translations of primary historical documents from Western Europe. From BYU.

German History in Documents and Images


Materials documenting German history from 1500 to the present. Includes primary source documents, images, and maps. Materials are available in both English and German.