Major Research Tools

America: History and Life

Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1954 to present.

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Subjects include area studies, folklore, government, historiography, political science, popular culture, and urban history.

America's Historical Newspapers


Interface that allows you to search across three digitized newspaper collections: Early American Newspapers Series 1, 1690-1876; African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 and Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980.

American National Biography Online

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly biographical articles on people who have influenced American history and culture. (Does not include information on people still living.)

History Matters

Full-Text, Gateway

Selective gateway to online U.S. history resources. Also includes first-person, primary documents and teaching resources. Searchable by keyword or topic.

Other Suggested Research Tools

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

Location: Skillman Ref; 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.

American Decades

Print, Reference

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: E169.12 .A419 1994

Multi-volume chronology of United States history during the twentieth century. Volumes are divided by decade and are organized into chapters on world events, the arts, business and the economy, education, fashion, government and politics, law and justice, lifestyles and social trends, media, medicine and health, religion, science and technology, and sports.

American Eras

Print, Reference

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: E169.1 .A471979 1997

Multi-volume chronology of United States history from the period of European exploration to the end of the nineteenth century. Volumes are divided by time period and organized into chapters on world events, the arts, business and the economy, communications, education, government and politics, law and justice, lifestyles and social trends, religion, science and medicine, and sports and recreation.

American Periodicals Series Online


Digitized images from American magazines and journals that originated between 1741 and 1900. Includes general interest magazines, children's publications, women's magazines, and literary and professional journals.

American Years: A Chronology of United States History

Print, Reference

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: E174.5 .G753 1999

Year-by-year review of United States history with significant occurrences organized under the following headings: international, national, business/industry/inventions, transportation, science/medicine, education, religion, art/music, literature/journalism, entertainment, and sports.

CQ Congress Collection

Data, Full-Text

Legislative information and analysis of "key votes" in the U.S. Congress. Biographical, political, and electoral data about members of Congress, plus information and data on the structure of the legislative branch.

Dictionary of American History

Print, Reference
Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: E174 .D52 2003

Encyclopedic survey of American history in ten volumes. Signed essays explore the country's political, military, economic, social, and cultural history. Brief, annotated bibliographies are included for each entry.

Encyclopedia of American Social History

Print, Reference

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: HN57 .E58 1992

Scholarly essays with annotated bibliographies surveying American social history. Topics include: periods of social change; processes of social change; ethnic and racial subcultures; regionalism and regional subcultures; space and place; patterns of everyday life; work and labor; popular culture and recreation; family history; social problems; science and technology; and education.

Historical Statistics of the United States


Demographic, economic, and social statistics of the United States from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Data can be searched, downloaded, and graphed.

Periodicals Index Online

Electronic index to millions of articles published in over 6,000 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, covering more than 300 years.

Readers' Guide Retrospective


Index of articles published in many different popular press magazines from 1890 through 1982.

Specialized Collections

American Memory

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Collection of primary sources relating to the history and culture of the United States from the Library of Congress.

American Presidency Project


Coverage: 1789-present

Collection of primary documents and other materials relating to U.S. presidents. Includes public papers, addresses, executive orders, and proclamations.

American Rhetoric

Full-Text, Gateway

Collection of full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events. The site also includes sections devoted to rhetorical devices, Christian rhetoric, 9/11 rhetoric, movie speeches, and political speeches.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries


"Presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia." Available as interactive maps and shapefiles that can be downloaded for use with GIS software.

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy


Coverage: 4000BCE - Present

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

Full-Text, Gateway

Collection of primary and secondary sources on African American history plus links to digital archives and other African American history sites.

Chicago Tribune historical backfile


Coverage: 1849-1992

Electronic backfile of the Chicago Tribune from the first issue through 1993.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers


Allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. From the Library of Congress.

CQ Voting and Elections Collection

Data, Full-Text

Data and analysis on U.S. presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, plus information on voter demographics and political parties. Includes biographical information on candidates and some election speeches.

Discovering American Women's History Online


Gateway to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States

Los Angeles Times historical backfile

Coverage: 1881-1992

Electronic backfile of the Los Angeles Times from the first issue through 1993.

National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

Hundreds of primary source documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other American history materials drawn from the holdings of the National Archives. Large collections on aviation and space, civil rights, Civil War, founders and founding documents, presidents, and World War II. Images can be used in papers and presentations.

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers


Gateway to online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean.

Urban Planning, 1794-1918

Collection of primary source documents on urban planning from Cornell University. Includes 185 journal articles, conference reports, book excerpts, and government documents with brief introductions.


Publication coverage: 1975-present

Index of articles on women's history from journals covering history and women's studies. Emphasis on social history, particularly labor history. From the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

Wall Street Journal historical backfile

Coverage: 1889-1999

Electronic backfile of the Wall Street Journal from the first issue through 2000.

Washington Post historical backfile

Coverage: 1877-1999
Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the Washington Post from the first issue through 2000. (For an electronic version of articles from 2000 forward, use LexisNexis Uni. You can also sign up with your Lafayette email for free, unlimited access to the content on