The core database for this discipline is America: History and Life.
For assistance, contact research specialist Beth Patterson,, x3480.

Name Description Guide
Academic Search Premier

Interdisciplinary database of newspapers, magazines and journals, with full-text for a majority of the articles. Also includes a searchable file of images.

Accessible Archives

Primary source material and historic periodicals including African American Newspapers, Civil War materials, eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records.

African American Historical Serials Collection

African American periodicals, annuals and reports published from 1829-1922 including materials from African American religious organizations and social service agencies.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century

Complete texts of six African-American newspapers from the North, ranging from 1837 to 1860.

America, History and Life

Journal articles, dissertations and books published since 1964 on US and Canadian history; with abstracts.

American Factfinder

Demographic and other statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Free U.S. Government Website.

ATLA Religion Database

A comprehensive reference tool for religious and theological scholarship 1949 to the present, which also includes full text of the entire runs of a core collection of more than 50 English-language scholarly journals. The database consists of more than 990,000 records in over 30 languages from 1,400 journals and 14,000 multi-author works.

Black Studies Center

Cross-searchable resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, The HistoryMakers® Videos and full transcripts for interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), historical black newspapers, and the Black Literature Index.

Black Women in America

Biographical and subject reference on African-American women in American history.

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

Contains the full text of selected articles from Northern and Southern American newspapers, Nov. 1860-April 1865.

Contemporary Authors

Biographies and criticism of authors, playwrights, journalists, and scriptwriters published in English from 1900 to today.

Dissertations and Theses

Indexes dissertations from 1861 forward; provides citations and abstracts for master’s theses from 1988 on. Full text of recent dissertations in social sciences and humanities.

Ethnic Newswatch

Research related to African American, Caribbean/African, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Island, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi-ethnic and Native Peoples.


A full text database of a mix of publications, primarily popular, that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.


Full text database of over 300 journals; generally does not contain most recent materials. Most journals lack the last several years, but holdings are very deep, with many journals running back more than a hundred years.

Library of Congress Databases & E-Resources

Free databases offered by the Library of Congress.

MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association)

Indexes scholarly materials in journals and essay collections on literature and language, 1926 to present. Core Database for English and Language Studies.

New York Times Historical

Searchable full text/page images for the New York Times, 1851 – 2007.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Indexes to magazines and books of the 19th century (1800-1899).

Oxford African American Studies Center

Includes Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, Africana, content from the African American National Biography project, Encyclopedia of African American Art & Architecture, Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, articles from other reference works, bibliographies, timelines, maps, images, primary source documents, links to Internet resources.


Indexes and abstracts the international journal, and book literature in psychology and related disciplines since 1887.

Reader’s Guide Retrospective

Indexes popular topics in older issues of popular journals. Covers 1890 through 1983.

SAGE Reference Online

A collection of over 300 encyclopedias and handbooks covering a wide array of topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Salem History Online

Full text of Modern Scandals and The Decades (American in the Nineties, etc), dictionary/encyclopedia of historical trend topics.


Comprehensive index of journals, books, conference papers, and other content related to sociology and all sub-disciplines

Web of Knowledge (ISI Citation Indexes)

3 major citation indexes covering the Sciences, the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities. Start with a known article and find other articles that have cited it.

Web Sites

The core database for this discipline is America: History and Life.
For assistance, contact research specialist Beth Patterson,, x3480.

  • NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship)

    NINES “is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.”

  • African Studies Internet Resources

    A collection of links specifically on Africa, compiled by Columbia University.

  • African-American Mosaic Exhibition

    Primary Sources on African American History: Exhibits and digital material from the Library of Congress’s collections.

  • American Black Journal

    From Detroit Public Television

  • American Memory Project from the Library of Congress

    Links to numerous primary documents, audio recordings, images and more. Browse by topic of search by keyword.

  • American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

    Samples of slave narratives compiled by journalists between 1936 to 1938 funded by the WPA.

  • Avalon Project

    “The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. “

  • Black Abolitionist Archive

    “The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files. “

  • Boston African Americana Project
  • City Mayors – Mayors Running the World’s Cities
  • Commission on Presidential Debates

    The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

  • County and City Data Books

    This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000).

  • DATABASES: Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog

    “The Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog is a catalog for discovering and gaining access to electronic research tools (e-resources). The catalog includes licensed resources and free resources on the Web recommended by our reference staff.”

  • Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930

    “The Digital Harlem website presents information, drawn from legal records, newspapers and other archival and published sources, about everyday life in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the years 1915-1930.”

  • Digital History (U.S.)

    A collaborative effort to provide digital access to secondary and primary materials in U.S. history.

  • Digital Library of American Slavery

    “The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.”

  • Documenting the American South

    DocSouth provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. From the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • EuroDocs

    “These links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history. The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.
    These open access sources are readily available to all — without fees or subscriptions.”

  • Famous Firsts by African Americans

    List of firsts by African Americans.

  • FBI Records – The Vault

    The Vault is our new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office.

  • Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries

    From the University of Pittsburgh, based on the exhibition created by Robert Hill and exhibited at the Heinz History Center from October 25, 2008 to April 5, 2009.

  • Freedom in the 50 States

    “This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres.” From the George Mason MERCATUS Center

  • HaithiTrust

    HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

  • Harlem History

    Images and text collected and digitized by Columbia University.

  • Historical Census Browser

    “In addition to basic counts of population and housing units, all decades contain information on race, gender, and some measure of household size and composition. Beginning with 1840, some economic characteristics such as education and occupation are included. Later decades have many variables, including ancestry, literacy, and income variables. In a few cases, the census data were augmented with information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Council of Churches of Christ.”

  • Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

    An excellent compilation of free full text access to important documents from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Documents date from the 1950’s onward.

  • History News Network – from George Mason University

    “The concept behind HNN is simple: We provide historians with a national platform so that they can help shape public debates about vital issues in the news. Every Monday we feature a dozen new articles on the latest news and trends. In our ten years we have published more than 5,000 original articles. Most are written by PhDs.”

  • HistoryMakers Digital Media Archive

    310 African American video oral history interviews. Requires free registration. A Collaboration between The HistoryMakers and Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project.

  • Internet Archive

    3 million out of copyright texts, music, video and more!

  • Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists

    “The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists is a compact but highly complex, multi-layered compilation of documents, sound recordings, and visual images.”

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum – Digital Archives

    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum collects, preserves, and makes available primary-source materials, in all formats, pertaining to the life and times of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The Library’s holdings include the papers of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Rose Kennedy, as well as close to 400 other collections: those of Kennedy family members, Kennedy administration officials and associates, and pertinent individuals, authors, and institutions.

  • Library – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

    Provides full text access to a selection of intelligence documents. The Historical Collection and Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room contain historical documents.

  • Library System – Howard University: Guides: African Americans (Internet Links)

    Howard University’s compilation of web sites related to African Americans. As well as including sites on history, culture, and literature, they also list sources on demographics, health, and science.

  • Lowcountry Digital Library

    “Primary sources from private and educational/cultural institutions focused on South Carolina history and culture.”

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

    Include the King Papers.

  • NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom

    Library of Congress Exhibition

  • National Archives

    Exhaustive index to archives housed by the National Archives in Washington DC. Some fulltext online access available.

  • New Jersey Information – From NJ State Library

    N.J. Digital Collections, N.J. Genealogy, N.J. Legal Resources, N.J. Newspapers, N.J. Searchable Publications, N.J. State Databases, N.J. by Topic, State of New Jersey Website

  • New York Public Library Research Centers

    List locations of research centers. These centers offer online collections

  • NJDARM – New Jersey Archives

    Over 7,100 images from our photograph and manuscript collections are presented below and in our Documentary Treasures area. Consult the Guide to Reproduction and Research Services, Policies and Fees for information on reproduction of these and other images available from the New Jersey State Archives.

    Military and Wartime Activities
    Cultural Resources and Historical Geography
    Governors’ Documents and Institutional Records
    County and Municipal Records
    Family Papers and Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Nuremberg Trial Project – A Digital Document Collection

    The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT).

    The documents, which include trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and other papers, have been studied by lawyers, scholars, and other researchers in the areas of history, ethics, genocide, and war crimes, and are of particular interest to officials and students of current international tribunals involving war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • NYPL Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers the 19th Century
  • Political Graveyard: Search

    “A database of political history and cemeteries, with brief biographical entries for 224,230 U.S. political figures, living and dead, from the 1700s to the present.”

  • Primary Sources- Sondiata and Mansa Musa on the Web

    Primary Sources on medieval West African History

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    Digital Schomburg- Material from New York Public Library’s premiere collection on African American history and literature.

  • Slavery & Abolition in the US

    Select Publications of the 1800s that “digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery.” Run by Dickinson College & Millersville University

  • Southern Education Foundation – publications

    “The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) works to advance creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all.” Publications date back to the 1950’s

  • States Perform

    “States Perform provides users with access to interactive, customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education. “

  • Texas Slavery Project

    The Texas Slavery Project examines the spread of American slavery into the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the decades between 1820 and 1850.

  • The King Center

    “Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. “

  • World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network

    1. To develop specific ways of sharing services and criminal justice information on a global scale.
    2. To enhance communication among WCJLN members

  • Writing in College – A Short Guide to College Writing

    From the University of Chicago