1. The top-quality history databases
- America: History and Life with Full Text: Some links to full text. Abstracts of selected journal articles, citations of book and media reviews, and dissertations covering the history of what is now the United States and Canada from about 1500 onward.
- Historical Abstracts with Full Text: Some links to full text. Abstracts of selected journal articles, citations of books, book reviews and dissertations on the history of all parts of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to present.
- Academic Search Premier: articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers published 1984 to present; full text, 1990 – present.
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index: searches may focus on authors, contents of individual journals, ranges of publications dates, keywords, and by combinations of the above. Traces citations of works by given authors, etc.
- American Periodicals Index Online: contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.
- JSTOR: the Scholarly Journal Archive: Full-text digital archive of over 450 scholarly journals published from the 1800s onward, and very good for retrospective research in history. But, it does not include all the current scholarship indexed in America: History and Life or Historical Abstracts. The full-text journals it makes available are a severely narrow selection within the mainstream of thousands of journals in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to its very narrow range, it does not provide the most recent issues.
- Primo (beta): Primo is a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital objects. The drop-down menu from the search box allows a more detailed search using some of our subject specific materials, including History. For full access to resources, sign-in at the far upper right corner of the screen, using your PNC email username and password.
- Project Muse: full-text, online journal articles from over 340 scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, history, and social sciences, published 1990 to present.
- ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: World’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses on history from North American universities.
4. U.S. History: digital collections of primary source material
- ArchiveGrid: searchable historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.
- The Avalon Project: Yale University Library’s collection digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Major Document Collections are arranged by subject.
- Black Thought and Culture (colonial times to present): Non-fiction (books, essays, articles, speeches, interviews, and letters) by African American leaders and others on racial issues from colonial times onward. Appropriate for research in black studies, political science, American history, music, literature, and art.
- Digital History: Enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook, extensive reference resources, and interactive materials.
- Documenting the American South (DocSouth): a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture, and includes sixteen thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture.
- Historical Census Browser: The data and terminology presented in the University of Virginia Library Historical Census Browser are drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing. The data and terminology presented in the Historical Census Browser are drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.
- Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930: is a web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard’s libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression. Concentrating heavily on the 19th century, Immigration to the US includes over 400,000 pages from more than 2,200 books, pamphlets, and serials, over 9,600 pages from manuscript and archival collections, and more than 7,800 photographs. By incorporating diaries, biographies, and other writings capturing diverse experiences, the collected material provides a window into the lives of ordinary immigrants.
- Library of Congress — Digital Collections: access to digital collections from the Library of Congress, including American Memory, a digital library of historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video, and Chronicling America, enhanced access to America’s historic newspapers from 1836-1922.
- Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000: Books, letters, images, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies documenting American women’s reform activities from the colonial period into the 20th century.
- Women Working, 1800–1930: Explore women’s roles in the US economy between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are all documented by original source materials.
5. Historical Newspapers, Magazines, Supreme Court, and Books
- American Periodicals Series Online: over 1,240 American magazines and journals that began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including general magazines, literary and professional journals, and other historically-significant periodicals. For periodicals that continued into the 20th century, the cut-off date is 1940. About 10% of the material is newspapers.
- Atlantic Daily World: 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.
- Chicago Defender: 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.
- HarpWeek Archives, 1857-1912: a searchable, full-text archive of Harper’s Weekly, one of America’s leading illustrated newspapers. Contains facsimile images of all pages, including advertisements.
- LexisNexis Academic: full text access to federal and state court cases and laws, European Union law, patents, tax law, law review articles, newspaper articles, and additional reference information. Includes U.S. Supreme Court opinions from 1789 to present.
- Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005): May 17, 1934-Dec 29, 2005, with exceptions. A historically African American newspaper.
- The Making of America (Cornell): The Cornell University Library Making of America (MoA) Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
- The Making of America (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan’s interface for the Making of America (MoA).
- New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993): A historically African American newspaper.
- Biography Resource Center: worldwide coverage of past and present noteworthy people. Biographical information on more than 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It combines more than 280,000 biographies from various sources, with full-text articles from nearly 250 periodicals.
- Contemporary Authors: Biographical and bibliographical information on 20th and 21st century U.S. and international authors— not just literary authors, but historians, et al. Provides references for more than 90,000 authors in the U.S. Covers 1962 – present.
7. Search PNC Books
8. Books in other libraries which one can borrow (interlibrary loan)
- WorldCat : over 179 million items from libraries worldwide, including books, whole journals, music, media, etc., from 1000 AD to present. Covers all significant libraries in the U. S. and Canada plus a generous number from all other parts of the globe.