First Stop Resources
American National Biography
“American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men & women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.”
The online edition makes the ANB “useful as a dynamic source of information — updated semi-annually, with new entries and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency…The ANB Online features over 2,700 illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search and browse capabilities. See our ANB online user guide to find out more.” -from their “About ANB” page.
Berg Fashion Library
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 General Reference is a customizable general reference resource that includes more than 560 highly regarded titles from over 80 publishers.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains full-text of various encyclopedias published between 1997 and 2003.
The Hutchinson dictionary of world history
Online version of the 2006 dictionary.
Articles (Research Databases)
Academic Search Premier
This is a very large multidisciplinary database, but is a good place to start your research.
America: History & Life
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.
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.
Find Archival Collections and Primary Sources
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 ”[The UC Berkeley] Archives collect original unpublished, historical and contemporary material.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
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
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
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.”
BlackPast.org, 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
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: The Black experience in the Americas
European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
“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
Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia
The Greenwood encyclopedia of love, courtship, & sexuality through history
The Hutchinson dictionary of world history
Treaties with American Indians: An encyclopedia of rights, conflicts, and sovereignty
American Historical Society
California Historical Society
Centers & Projects
American Memory (Library of Congress)
“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.)
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
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
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.