History and Social Studies

African-American History Online

(Facts on File)

Biographies, articles, primary documents, maps and images of centuries of African-American History.  The Overview Essays within the Learning Centers provide excellent introductions to topics ranging from the Atlantic slave trade to Civil Rights movement and beyond.

American History Online  (Facts on File)

Biographies, articles, primary documents, maps and images of American History.  The Overview Essays within the Learning Centers provide excellent introductions to many commonly studied topics in U.S. I and U.S. II.

American Indian History Online   

(Facts on File)

Biographies, articles, primary documents, maps and images of 25,000 years of Native American History.  The Overview Essays within the Learning Centers provide excellent introductions to American Indian history and culture.

American Women’s History Online

(Facts on File)

Biographies, articles, primary documents, maps, charts and images relating to the history of American women.

Ancient and Medieval History Online

(Facts on File)

Biographies, articles, primary documents, maps, charts and images about the history of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Biography In Context

Detailed reference articles about hundreds of thousands of famous people, as well as news, video, audio, primary documents and websites.  The best place to begin your research about a famous person.

CIA World Factbook

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities."  This is a free database provided online, so no passwords are needed.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

An amazing collection of electronic reference books.  Hint: To limit to History and Social Science, click on Advanced Search, then use your mouse and the control key to select History and Social Science from the subject area limiter.  Then search as usual by keyword, title, etc. 

 

 

Global Issues in Context 

Your best source of information for current international issues, Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Historical Newspapers Free access to the New York Times all the way back to 1859! Look for specific articles or browse entire issues to see advertisements and cartoons.

History Database Center

(Facts on File)

Search all Facts on File/ Infobase databases at once. Articles, biographies, maps, charts, timelines, and primary documents in American, Modern World, American Women's, African-American, American Indian,  and Ancient History and Culture

History Reference Center  (EBSCO)

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 120 history periodicals, more than 59,600 historical documents (same as primary documents), 49,600 biographies of historical figures, more than 110,200 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video. 

JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students. It provides access to more than 12 million peer-reviewed academic journal articles, books, and primary sources  in 75 disciplines. History and Social Studies subjects covered include: Area Studies, Economics, History, Law, and Social Sciences. Almost every college uses JSTOR, so get to know it now! 

 
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These excellent resources in U.S. and World History provide access to a portal of information about each topic. Each portal includes reference articles, magazines, academic journals, newspaper articles, podcasts and videos about thousands of people, places, ideas and events in history.  The layout has changed, but even more content has been added.  These are great one-stop-shopping databases for your history research!

International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

The ISN is a free public service that provides a wide range of high-quality and comprehensive products and resources to encourage the exchange of information among international relations and security professionals worldwide.  An especially wonderful feature is the Links Directory in the left side menu, which provides access to white papers and documents relating to all aspects of international relations.

Modern World History Online

(Facts on File)

Database of articles, biographies, maps, charts, timelines, and primary documents about topics from the mid-15th century to the present day.  The Learning Center contains useful introductory essays for many commonly-studied topics.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)

Points of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

 

A portal in this database is a complete one-stop source for information on social issues from multiple perspectives. Access persuasive viewpoint essays, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, podcasts and video.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a reliable, free, online resource written and edited by philosophers from around the country and around the world.

World Geography and Culture Online

(Facts on File)

World Geography and Culture Online contains regional, country, and state maps, plus thematic and geographical maps and an interesting ranking and comparison feature. Look in the left-side menu for detailed cultural information about each country.