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History Databases

Vernon Leighton
Contact for Assistance: Library Liaison for History

Secondary Literature, Citation Databases
  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts is your complete reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database is packed with annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square—over half a million entries in all. Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts has long been recognized as the leading bibliography for historical study in the world. Currently over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered in the database, making this a historical periodical database unmatched in breadth. In addition to including the key historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Broad database with both Academic and general periodicals articles. Many fulltext, though some citation only. Provided by Electronic Library for Minnesota.
Scholarly Secondary Literature, Full Text
    Complete collections of many Sociology, Political Science and African American Studies journals (among other topics). The collections begin as far back as the 1880s and go until (typically) five years ago. Very few current journals.
Primary Literature, Full Text
  • Accessible Archives
    A full text searchable database of 19th Century sources, including Civil War Newspapers, Godey's Ladys Book, and African-American Newspapers of that era.
  • APS: American Periodical Series
    Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
  • Early American Newspapers
    Hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch Historical
    Ethnic NewsWatch: A History presents the other sides of the stories on local, national, and international events that changed the course of history across three turbulent decades the civil rights struggle, Vietnam War protests, dramatic changes in immigration law, trickledown economics, and the status of migrant workers. Warning: This database has no new content since 1989.
  • Evans Digital
    Primary historical sources. Evans Digital incorporates Early American Imprints, Series I, a collection of works of early American history, literature, philosophy, religion and more. Scanning still in progress.
  • Making of America (U. Michigan)
    Part of the digital library at the University of Michigan, with 1600 historical books and 50,000 journal articles from the 19th century.
  • Minneapolis Tribune Historical
    Contains full-text and article images from the Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1908) and the Minneapolis Morning Tribune (1909-1922). Provided by ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
    Primarily Local History. Digitized maps of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Louisiana from 1867-1970
  • The Times of London
    Palmer's Index to the Times from October 1790 to December 1905. Full text is only available from 1800-1870.
  • Winona Newspapers
    An online archive of three late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers. This archive includes available issues of the Winona Argus, the Winona Daily Republican and the Winona Republican Herald. Funded by Winona State University and Winona County Historical Society.
Other databases that may have items in History
  • FirstSearch Complete
    Over 10 databases available covering all areas of study. Includes: ArticlesFirst, WorldCatDissertations, and others. Requires password.
Internet Links by Subject: History
For nonjournal information, try these Web sites.

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