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Databases by Subject: History

Major Indexes

19th Century Masterfile (Poole's Plus)

Database of magazines and periodical literature covering all subjects of interest published in the U.S. and Britain in the nineteenth century from 1802 to 1906.

America's Historical Newspapers

Full-text/full-image from over 1,000 Early American newspapers, covering 1690-1922. Includes several historical newspapers from Arizona and New Mexico. Also includes Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 and African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, and three newspapers from the 20th Century American Newspapers series: The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 1923-1988; The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 1923-1991; and The Oregonian, 1923-1987

America: History & Life

Historical coverage of the United States and Canada containing citations and abstracts for articles, book and media reviews, and dissertations from 1964 to present.

Arizona Historical Newspapers (America's Historical Newspapers Select)

Full text/full page image of over 20 newspapers from 5 Arizona cities: Nogales, Phoenix, Prescott, Tombstone, and Tucson, including the long-running Tucson Daily Citizen. Covers 1866-1931.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Find full-text English-language and foreign-language titles covering multiple disciplines printed in Great Britain from 1701 to 1800.

Historical Abstracts

Find citations to articles, books, and dissertations, covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including historical articles in over 40 languages.

Historical Newspapers-ProQuest (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post)

Find historical United States newspapers including the Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Index Islamicus

Find journals articles, proceedings, monographs, book chapters, and book reviews on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world from 1906 to the present.

Readers' Guide Retrospective

Comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States.and access to literature reflecting the history of 20th century America.

Additional Indexes

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

Full-text/full-image searchable digital archive of about 1,270 newspapers and news pamphlets from the United Kingdom, representing the largest single archive of English news media from the 17th and 18th centuries.

ABSEES Online (American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies)

Find journal articles, dissertations, and other scholarly publications on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada from 1990 to the present.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Full-text/full-image of about 270 U.S. newspapers from more than 35 states published by African Americans from 1827-1998.

Archive Explorer

Searches across all Adam Matthew Digital Collections that the library has purchased, including American Indian Histories and Cultures, The American West, China: Culture and Society, China: Trade, Politics and Culture, Confidential Print: Middle East, Defining Gender, Foreign Office Files for China, Foreign Office Files India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Perdita Manuscripts, Virginia Company Archives.

Arizona Digital Sanborn Maps

Detailed maps of Arizona cities and towns, providing information such as building outlines, construction materials, heights, street widths, building use dates range from 1886-1958.

Arizona-Sonora Documents Online

Provides access to digital images of archival collections relating to Sonora, Mexico dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

AUL (Air University Library) Index to Military Periodicals

Citations for articles covering military, geopolitical and aeronautical topics in over 80 English-language military magazines and journals. From 1987 - present.

Black Thought and Culture

Includes full-text of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans and access to interviews, journal articles, and other material of 20th century topics, including politics, religion, history and sports.


Provides indexing of many Congressional publications, including Hearings, Committee Prints, Reports, Documents and Congressional Research Service Reports, from 1789 to the present.

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS)

A database of declassified documents covering major domestic and international events of the post-WWII ear, collected from various government agencies (FBI, CIA, State Department, White House, etc.) over the past 30 years.

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Online access to over 60,000 images of primary source documents, including manuscripts, periodicals, diaries, travel journals, and ephemera. Includes introductory essays and is organized in five sections: Conduct & Politeness, Domesticity & the Family, Consumption & Leisure, Education & Sensibility, The Body.

Digital National Security Archive

Find declassified government documents about U.S. foreign policy and military policy since 1945. Search across all collections, by a specific area, and by chronology.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Find digital page images of virtually every work printed in English from 1473-1700, including works from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and elsewhere.

English Short Title Catalog

A database of catalog records of early books, serials, newspapers and selected ephemera printed before 1801 in Britain, Ireland, overseas territories under British colonial rule, and the United States.

Ethnic Newswatch

Find articles from newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses from 1960 to the present.

Evans Digital Edition

Multi-disciplinary database that provides access to a wide variety of publications related to American history from 1639 to 1800.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index.

Find articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality and gender during the Middle Ages in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996

Find translations of broadcast news, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from over 100 nations around the world between 1974 and 1996.

Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945

Full-text/full-image database of unique materials about women's history, ranging from 1543-1945, with more than 4,500 publications (265 periodicals and 4,471 monographs and pamphlets).

Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912

Browse the historic magazine, Harper's Weekly, a primary resource for examining 19th-century America. The magazine’s news stories, illustrations, cartoons, editorials, biographies, literature and ads shaped and reflected public opinion in this era.

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

Full-text of hundreds of Spanish-language and bilingual Spanish-English newspapers printed in the United States from 1808-1980. Based on the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project" directed by Professor Nicolas Kanellos.

Historical Atlanta Constitution

Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this newspaper. Provides unique historical perspective into the southeastern US of the late 19th-early 20th centuries.

Historical Chicago Defender

Online content of the Chicago Defender which became the most influential black newspaper in the US within its first 10 years begins in 1910 and goes through 1975.
Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this newspaper.

Historical Chicago Tribune

Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this major midwestern US newspaper.

Historical Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times (1881-1987) 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.

Historical Newspapers Online (Index to New York Times & Times, London)

Index to articles from The New York Times and Times of London. Database will indicate date, page and column of the article. Newspapers can be found on Microfilm. Full text of articles from The Times of London, 1785-1870 are included in this database.

Historical Statistics of the United States (Millennial edition)

A reference source for historical information covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history from 1790 to the present.

Historical Washington Post

Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this major newspaper from the Nation's capital. Provides a unique perspective of US politics and government.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - 19th Century

Find full text of 19th-century government documents of the British House of Commons, including bills and committee reports.

IBZ-Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur

The IBZ is an article index that covers European popular and scholarly periodicals, but is international in scope.

In the First Person

An in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world, located within scholarly materials that are freely available on the Web or in Alexander Street databases. (Note that the library may not subscribe to all databases indexed.)

International Medieval Bibliography

Find citations to articles, essays, conference proceedings, and festschriften, about all aspects of medieval life, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400-1500.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Bibliography of more than one million records of material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes indexing to Early English Books Online and provides a link to the material through the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership

Izvestiia Digital Archive

Full-text/full-image digitized archive of one of the longest-running Russian newspapers, covering 1917-2010.

L'Annee philologique

Find journal articles, books, book reviews, and articles from conferences published worldwide starting in 1924.

Latin American Newspapers

Full-text/full-image of more than 35 newspapers from 1805-1922 from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere.

Latin American Newsstand

Full-text information in Spanish and Portuguese from 37 newspapers from Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil from 1998 to present.

Library of Latin Texts

Full-text Christian Latin texts from the Roman period through the medieval period as well as Neo-Latin Literature (1501-1965), including Reformation and Counter-Reformation texts and modern ecumenical Church councils up to Vatican II.

Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives is an online database providing you with access to a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. Containing more than 180,000 documents covering over 100 countries and industries, Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs.

Middle English Compendium

Offers easy access and interconnectivity between the Middle English Dictionary (MED), a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies,and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

National Security Archive, Digital

The Digital National Security Archive contains comprehensive collection of primary documents available: The database contains more than 35,000 of the most important, declassified documents that led to the policy decisions. This database includes the following collections: Afghanistan, Berlin Crisis 1958-1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, El Salvador, Iran-Contra Affair, Intelligence Community, Iran Revolution, Iraqgate, Military Uses of Space, Nicaragua, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Philippines, Presidential Directives from Truman to Clinton, South Africa, and Soviet Estimate.

New Mexico Historical Newspapers (America's Historical Newspapers Select)

Full text/full page image of over 150 newspapers from cities around New Mexico. Primarily covers 1844-1920, with some issues from the 1940s-1970s.

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Complete version of the New York Times, including viewing of entire pages as well as specific articles.

Full text/full page images of thousands of regional and local U.S. newspapers, as well as some international newspapers. Dates covered varies by newspaper, but overall coverage extends back to the 1700s. Good source for newspapers from the twentieth-century not covered in other databases. Includes several newspapers from around Arizona.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Find complete digital copies of monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more from the nineteenth century.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950

Large collection of women's diaries and correspondence, from Colonial times to 1950.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

Find primary sources of women's writing in the British Isles from 1500-1700.

PRISMA - Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanisticas

Full-text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition

Sanborn Fire Insurance maps with GIS information that enables users to locate data by address or geographic coordinates. It also allows users to layer maps from different years on top of each other and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid layers using an integrated map API or by importing into GIS tools. Covers: Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Seattle, Washington. Time frame varies by the city.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

A searchable digital library of the literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453.

Times (London)

Complete coverage of every article, editorial, advertisement, graphic, death and birth notices etc. of The Times (London) from its first issues. Every part of The Times is fully searchable. One can print from image or text format.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers

Serial Set is a full text database of House and Senate committee reports, documents, maps, and journals from 1817 to 1980. American State Papers contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838.

Voprosy Istorii, Complete Collection

Fulltext of the entire run of the Russian/Soviet history journal Voprosy istorii (1926-2003). Text is in Russian (Cyrillic). Online Cyrillic keyboard is provided.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Scholar's Edition

Full text primary source documents, books, images, scholarly essays, and more around about women's activism in the United States, 1600-2000.

Women and Social Movements International, 1840 to Present

Includes digitized collections of primary materials drawn from more than 300 repositories. Content includes writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and conference proceedings of dozens of women's organizations, including previously unpublished primary sources. Includes materials in English and other languages. Original essays by leading scholars complement the primary sources. Fully integrated into the collection are hundreds of entries from the Dictionary of Women's International Organizations.

World Newspaper Archive

Full-text/full-image of newspapers. Includes: the Latin American Newspapers collection of more than 35 newspapers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad, and Venezuela, covering 1805-1922; America's Historical Newspapers, which includes over 1,000 early American newspapers, 1690-1922.