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Berg Fashion Library go!

Provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections, including the Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, e-books, e-journals, museum directory, reference works, images, and more. Browsable by time (1600 to date) and by place (click on world map).

Credo Reference go! info Available Online

Credo General Reference is a customizable general reference resource that includes more than 560 highly regarded titles from over 80 publishers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library go! info Available Online

Contains full-text of various encyclopedias published between 1997 and 2003.

The Hutchinson dictionary of world history go! Available Online

Online version of the 2006 dictionary.

Articles (Research Databases)

Academic Search Premier go! info Available Online

This is a very large multidisciplinary database, but is a good place to start your research.

America: History & Life go! info Available Online

Citations and abstracts on U.S. and Canadian history and related topics in social sciences and humanities.  Contains references from 2100+ international journals, books, and dissertations; film and video reviews from 1988 to present.

Historical Abstracts go! info Available Online

Citations and abstracts on world history (1450 to present) and related areas of the social sciences and humanities, including culture, diplomacy, economics, international relations, and politics.

Documentary Sources

Find Archival Collections and Primary Sources go! Available Online

Find Archival Collections and Primary Sources guide from UC Berkeley.  ”[The UC Berkeley] Archives collect original unpublished, historical and contemporary material. Primary sources include manuscripts, diaries, letters, rare books, historical photographs, first-hand accounts or documentary sources on a subject, person, event or issue.”

Online Archive of California go! Available Online

Part of the UCB Digital Library project.  Provides links to other digital projects such as:  American Heritage Virtual Archive, California Heritage Collection, Free Speech Movement Collections, Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive, and the Museums in the Online Archive of California.


Internet Resources in History go! Available Online

A lengthy and useful list of resources from the Department of History, Tennessee Technological University.  Check their History Sites by Subject page, too.

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History go! Available Online

Categorized into subject categories as well as chronological time periods, “the Central Catalogue provides direct links to network sites through its index and maintains a large number of files of pointers for countries, periods, and subject for which there is not yet a member site. Network sites will increasingly supplement their own indexes by linking to appropriate sections of other member sites. The History Network collectively and its member sites individually, are members of WWW-VL, and each maintainer of a network site is a virtual librarian of WWW-VL.”

Black Past go! Available Online, an online reference center makes available a wealth of materials on African American history in one central location on the Internet. More »

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: History & Culture go! Available Online


Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: The Black experience in the Americas go! Available Online

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 go! Available Online

Covering European Works Relating to the Americas
The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846 is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.”

Humanities E-book Project from ACLS go! info Available Online

Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia go! Available Online

The Greenwood encyclopedia of love, courtship, & sexuality through history go! Available in Print

The Hutchinson dictionary of world history go! Available Online

Treaties with American Indians: An encyclopedia of rights, conflicts, and sovereignty go! Available Online


American Historical Society go! Available Online

California Historical Society go! Available Online

Centers & Projects

American Memory (Library of Congress) go!

“American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. More »

American Studies Web (Georgetown Univ.) go! Available Online

The American Studies Web is the largest directory of web-based resources in the field of American Studies. More »

Center for History and New Media go!

CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. More »

Picturing U.S. History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence go! Available Online

From their website:  “Picturing U.S. History” is a resource to assist teachers and students in using visual evidence to learn about the past. This project is the result of a unique interdisciplinary collaboration. Its resources have been created and evaluated by outstanding scholars in the fields of history, art history, American studies, and other humanities disciplines. From American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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