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History Databases

U.S. History in Context and World History in Context (Gale)
Reference articles, primary documents, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, maps and images covering all aspects of U.S. and 20th-century world history. Best for general/background history information, especially articles under the “Reference” category.  To search both databases at once, select "" under the search box in either database.

America: History and Life with Full Text (EbscoHost)
Current and back issues of academic history journals. Best for in-depth academic journal articles on all historical topics

JSTOR - Scholarly journals archives
Back issues of important academic journals, including many historical journals (no current issues) going back to 1838. Excellent for in-depth academic journal articles on all historical topics except: recent history and articles published within the last 3 – 5 years

Historical New York Times
Searchable full text articles from the New York Times from 1851 to 2009.

Historical San Francisco Chronicle
Searchable full text articles from the San Francisco Chronicle from 1865 to 1922.

California Digital Newspaper Collection
Full-text (digitized) of over 30 California newspapers from 1846 to the present


General and related databases:

EbscoHost databases
Wide range of articles (and other documents) from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers, reference sources, e-books and other sources in all subject areas

Gale PowerSearch databases
Articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and books; excellent set of general periodical databases. Best for articles on recent historical topics (within the last 10 - 20 years)

Google News Advanced Archive Search
Historical news archives. For free results only, in “Price” pull-down menu, select “no price”. info

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Set of subject encyclopedia databases, including: Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, Early Civilizations in the Americas, Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library, and U*X*L American Decades

Biography In Context (Gale)
Biographical articles on well-known people from reference books, magazines, and journals.

CountryWatch
Political, economic, business and historical information on any country.

CQ Historic Documents
Database of over 3200 full-text documents covering the most significant events of each year from 1972 to the present. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.

Links to History Journal websites: Links to peer-reviewed English-language journals that publish in all fields of history, from the American Historical Association