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New! Search for articles across multiple History databases.

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Search across multiple EBSCO databases that index history-related content, including America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, and Humanities Full Text.

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Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Links to full-text articles in JSTOR and Project Muse.
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Historical coverage of the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada).  Links directly to full-text articles in JSTOR and Project Muse.

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This multidisciplinary database has extensive holdings in scholarly journals in history. Many of these are full-text. Some of these include: American Historical Review, Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Journal of History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Early Medieval Europe, European Review of History, Gender & History, Hispanic American Historical Review, Historian, History: Review of New Books, Journal of African American History, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Religious History, New England Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, and Social History.

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An index to various journals across the humanities, including history. 

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JSTOR offers full-text access to archival scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, including history.  Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is approximately a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in JSTOR.

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Full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences, including history.

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An index to various journals across the social sciences.

Journals

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A tool for identifying which Brooklyn College-owned journals are available in electronic format.

Books & E-Books

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An online, fully searchable collection of high-quality full-text e-books in the humanities, including history. The history titles included are recommended and reviewed by historians. The ACLS History E-Book Project is a collaboration of eight learned societies, seventy-five contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office.

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ebrary is a fully searchable e-book collection that includes monographs from all disciplines, including history.

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EBSCO e-books include reference works and scholarly monographs across the disciplines, including history.

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EBSCO e-books include reference works and scholarly monographs across the disciplines, including history.

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This Gale database provides access to the digital images of every page of 138,000 titles and editions published during the 18th Century (1701-1800). With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, this database provides access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. The scope of the database includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, as well as many works from the Americas. Materials digitized range from Bibles to broadsheets, sermons and printed ephemera. The database allows for searching, as well as browsing by author or work.

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The Gutenberg E-Book Project provides award winning monographs. The works weave together traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories. The site is a collaboration of the American Historical Association and the electronic publishing staff at Columbia University Press.
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Palgrave Connect offers an ebook Collection with over 9,500 titles offered in the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business.  These ebooks ebooks are available in collections organized by year of publication and by discipline.

Primary Sources

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This collection includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals from the American Antiquarian Society, the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The coverage of this AAS series presents more than 500 titles spanning from 1691-1820.

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American History in Video provides a large and rich collection of video for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. Historical coverage in the collection ranges from the early history of Native Americans, to the lost colony of Roanoke, to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas.

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The American State Papers constitute rich primary source material on many aspects of early American history from 1789 to 1838. Approximately two-thirds of the publications cover the first 14 Congresses (1789-1817), whereas the remaining third chronologically overlap with the Serial Set from 1817-1838.

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The digital Archive of Americana is a family of comprehensive historical collections that allows researchers to discover and explore the United States in unprecedented depth and detail. It includes hundreds of historic newspapers, executive documents and reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. America's Historical Newspapers; American State Papers, 1789-1838; and U.S. Congressional Serial Set are among the resources available in this historical collection.

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This Gale database provides access to the digital images of every page of 138,000 titles and editions published during the 18th Century (1701-1800). With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, this database provides access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. The scope of the database includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, as well as many works from the Americas. Materials digitized range from Bibles to broadsheets, sermons and printed ephemera. The database allows for searching, as well as browsing by author or work.

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Withover 58,000 letters and documents and more than 7,100 correspondents, Electronic Enlightenment is a wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. As part of Electronic Enlightenment's commitment for use in research and teaching, this database pools together information, tools and resources that can be used to develop lesson plans for the classroom.

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In the First Person is a landmark primary source index to English language personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories. Working with archives, repositories, publishers, and individuals, the database indexes first person narratives from hundreds of published volumes, those that are publicly available on the Web, and those that are held by repositories and archives around the world. Users can search by keyword, as well as within collections, and can browse by subject, collection, documents, and historical events.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. It consists of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, photographs, statistics, and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages.

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive embraces the scholarly study of slavery and the slave trade in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean.  In addition to newspaper collections, books, and pamphlets published in the antebellum era, Slavery and Anti-Slavery contains documents from several archives originally available only on microfilm, including photographs and other images, as well as digitized journals. Brooklyn College Library provides access to Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition, and Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World.

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U.S. Congressional Serial Set provides access to over 50,000 maps, which range from comprehensive atlases to small individual maps clarifying very specific land questions; from the great triangulation surveys, to the repetitive but important weekly weather maps; from the maps that made history as well as the maps of past history. Coverage ranges from pre-1800 through 1999. Users can search, as well as browse by locations, subjects, names, issuing bodies, and dates. The database provides access to international locations as well.

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The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 contains House and Senate documents and reports on U.S. political, social, cultural, military and ethnic history, as well as international relations, explorations, genealogy, commerce, and industrial development. Its contents come not only from the U.S. Congress, but also include key Executive Department publications. The database contains all publications from the 15th through the 103rd Congresses (1817-1994). Users can search, as well as browse by subject, geographic names, personal names, and an A-Z index. This resource can be used for legislative and historical research.

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Includes numerical lists of documents and reports from 1957 forward as well as schedules of Serial Set volumes from 1987 forward.

Newspapers

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The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden.

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America's Historical Newspapers allows users to search more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. Created by Readex through partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, Library of Congress, Wisconsin Historical Society and others, America's Historical Newspapers enables researchers to explore virtually every aspect of America during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

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America's Historical Newspapers allows users to search more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. Created by Readex through partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, Library of Congress, Wisconsin Historical Society and others, America's Historical Newspapers enables researchers to explore virtually every aspect of America during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Baltimore African-American (1893-1988) was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents. The paper’s contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy, whose column influenced the desegregation of professional sports.

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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from October 26, 1841 to 1955 and was revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963. The digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle from reels of microfilm covers the period from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902, representing half of the Eagle's years of publication. Approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper in various digital formats are contained in this online repository. Access can be gained either by date of issue or by keyword searching.

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Chronicling America is a website that provides access to information about America's historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. It contains over 6 million pages from over 1,000 public-domain newpapers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Chronicling America is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC).

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This database enables you to directly experience the richness and historical significance of Harper’s Weekly, America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper.  Harper's Weekly is an important primary resource for examining 19th-century America: it is a comprehensive, week-to-week chronological record of what happened worldwide in the last half of the nineteenth century. Dates range from 1857-1912, and cover the Civil War era through the end of the Gilded Age. Users can browse by volume/issue, can search full-text with the help of the databases thesaurus, and can use one of the indexed finding aids.

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The New Republic Archive contains more than 4,550 issues, with coverage dating back to 1914, presenting insights from a variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, foreign policy, culture, current events and the arts.

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This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

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Get the scoop with an innovative Web-based, full-text ASCII-formatted newspaper database that lets you electronically search articles by title, headline, date, author, section or other assigned fields. Search this database of ten major newspapers published in the state of New York, including the New York Times and the New York Post.

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The New York Times (1851 - 2003) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.

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This database from Rutgers is designed for the study of The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1714), two innovative eighteenth-century periodicals, both of which are completely available here.

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Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-1985, using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Encyclopedias

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Fifteen volumes of Brill's New Pauly are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and cover more than two thousand years of history, ranging from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. Five volumes are uniquely concerned with the aftermath of antiquity and the process of reinterpretation and evaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship.
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Encyclopędia Britannica Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Book of the Year.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers a wealth of eBook reference content in a database format, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources on a variety of subjects.

Reference Resources

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Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection enhances the 100+ books in the Core Collection with an expanding range of key titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. At launch this will mean an additional 70,000 entries!

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OBO is a tool designed to help researchers find information by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research.  In each subject module, leading scholars have produced a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in an area of study they know best.  The guides feature a selective list of bibliographic citations supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult.  All articles receive multiple peer reviews and editorial board vetting. Many citations link directly to sources through library holdings and Google Books. Subject areas available at Brooklyn College are Atlantic History, Public Health, and Renaissance & Reformation.

Image Resources

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Several ARTstor collections will be of interest to scholars, teachers, and students in the field of History. Historians working with evidence derived from material and visual culture will find ARTstor's collections especially valuable. The encyclopedic Image Gallery contains a vast array of primary source materials, ranging from postcards in the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection, early American funerary sculpture from the American Antiquarian Society's Farber Gravestone Collection, historical photographs from the George Eastman House and the Library of Congress, and maps and travel photography from Cornell University's Southeast Asia Visions: John M. Echols Collection. Images relating to world-historical events, such as scenes of the American, French, and Russian Revolutions, abound. So, too, do historical portraits from all eras and areas of human history. Political portraits range from Roman emperors to Charlemagne, from painted portraits of George Washington to Edgar Snow's photographs of Chairman Mao. ARTstor also offers many images of propaganda materials, political cartoons and caricatures, as well as art works that are telling historical documents, whether Soviet Realist paintings, or works from the Nazi "Degenerate Art" exhibition of 1937.

Reviews (Books, Film, Media and other)

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Reviews in American History provides an effective means for scholars and students of American history to stay up to date in their discipline. Each issue presents in-depth reviews of over thirty of the newest books in American history. Retrospective essays examining landmark works by major historians are also regularly featured. This journal covers all areas of American history including economics, military history, women in history, law, political history and philosophy, religion, social history, intellectual history, and cultural history.

Statistics

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Historical Statistics of the United States is a compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources, with over 37,000 data series. Such topics as social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion and international migration, are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables by downloading data in different file formats.

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The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. Users can access more than 500,000 data files, within disciplines such as political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, health and medical care, education, psychology, and law. Data is searchable and browsable, and there is an online tutorial that provides a quick overview on how to find, download, and analyze ICPSR data.

Subject Directories

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Available through New York Public Library - barcode needed to access database - it's well worth it. Variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents. Also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.
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Available through New York Public Llibrary - NYPL Barcode needed to access it - it's well worth it. A comprehensive collection of reference, full-text articles from scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronlogic research materials for the study of world history. From ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance, world history curricula is supported with over 1,800 primary sources, over 27 reference titles and more than 110 journals.