Major Research Tools

America: History and Life

Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1910 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 four digitized newspaper collections: Early American Newspapers Series 1 and 2, 1690-1900; African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 and Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980.

American History 1493-1945


Major collection of primary sources on American history from the times of the earliest settlers until the end of World War II.

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.)

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History


In depth articles on major topics and trends relating to the study of American history. Written (and periodically updated) by scholars and peer-reviewed.

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.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals


Provides digital access to a highly comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1912. Subject coverage includes: advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more. Produced by a partnership between EBSCO and the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).

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 1940. Includes general interest magazines, children's publications, women's magazines, and literary and professional journals.

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.

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.

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 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: 1849-1998

Electronic backfile of the Chicago Tribune from the first issue through 1998.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers


Allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1777-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. From the Library of Congress.

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

Docs Teach: Primary Source Documents


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.

Library of Congress: Digital Collections

Full-Text, Visual Resource

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

Los Angeles Times historical backfile

Coverage: 1881-1999

Electronic backfile of the Los Angeles Times from the first issue through 1999.

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers


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

Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology

Full-Text, Reference

Articles covering key individuals, institutions, and organizations responsible for major developments in science, medicine and technology in the U.S. as well as the concepts, practices, and processes underlying these developments.

Wall Street Journal historical backfile

Coverage: 1889-2011
Electronic backfile of the Wall Street Journal from the first issue through 2011.

Washington Post historical backfile

Coverage: 1877-2006

Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the Washington Post from the first issue through 2006.