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Search multiple newspaper archives back to the first issues. Includes complete issues of the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Austin American Statesman (1871-1980), Chicago Defender (1909-1975), Chicago Tribune (1849-1997), Christian Science Monitor (1908-2006), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), Los Angeles Times (1881-1996), New York Times (1851-2016), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), Wall Street Journal (1889-2002), and Washington Post (1877-2003).
Coverage: Varies by newspaper.
Digital edition of The Times (London) with full facsimile images. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
If someone has already done research on a topic you are investigating you are encouraged to seek out the same sources. Sometimes you may find an abundant amount of material that wasn't important to them, but is perfect for you. Other times you may find you disagree with their interpretation, which will give you something to write about from a fresh perspective.
Theses and dissertations are a great place to find bibliographies (sometimes called literature reviews) Many can be found in this database-
Multi-subject. World's largest collection of full text theses and dissertations. Contains 1.7 million full-text graduate works and 3.8 million abstracted or indexed records along with the ability to cross-search with other ProQuest resources.
1861 to present
Finding journal articles and documents online
The library has many databases dealing with historical topics. A full list of those database is avilable here The databases listed below are some good starting points for your research.
We also have a separate list of Primary Souces-Historical. This pulls together a list of databases (like newspapers and other documents) that are mostly primary sources.
United States history, Canadian history from prehistoric times to the present. The database covers all key journals in the discipline, state and local history publications, and selected articles from scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Coverage: Indexing from 1895, full text from 1935
Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.
Contains every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Subject areas include history, geography, social sciences, fine arts, literature, language, religion, philosophy, law, medicine, science, and technology. 1700-1799.
Thesis-driven, peer-reviewed scholarly essays on American Indian history, culture and politics from precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida. Content includes hundreds of primary documents and media, including treaties, speeches, captivity narratives, traditional storytelling, maps, photographs, and video.
Coverage: Prehistory - present
History. This primary source collection is the first to comprehensively detail the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.
Some key journals for research
Below are list of just a few journals in the study of American history. To find out what is in these journals, using one of the databases listed in the box above is the best approach. Most databases also allow for limiting of searches to within specific journals so, adding a journal title to you search may help narrow your results.
Periodicals are resources that are published on a regular schedule, such as newspapers, magazines, or academic journals. Use the Periodical List to search by periodical title and find out how you can access it—in a database or in print.