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FIND ARTICLES    Academic and Scholarly Articles   
  JSTOR   Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required 
    1831-present; varies by title
Full-text backfiles to almost 850 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - IV, Arts & Sciences VII, and Biological Sciences collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year.
  CSA Discovery Guides  Authentication Required
Discovery Guides brief you in the basics of a subject and offer recent insights, while providing the technological tools to enhance your understanding. Each guide links to CSA products that help you find pertinent information, discover publishing opportunities, identify scholars, and create a personal database.

    Electronic Journal Titles

  American Historical Review   

Current History

The Historian

The History Teacher

Journal of American History

Journal of Modern History

    General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

  Academic Search Complete   Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
    1887-present; updated daily
The world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, Academic Search Complete indexes more than 11,200 journals, and provides full text for more than 7,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,100 peer-reviewed journals. Includes PDF content going back as far as 1887. Searchable cited references provided for more than 1,300 journals.
  OmniFile Full Text Mega   Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
    1982-present
Multi-disciplinary database for full-text articles from over 1,750 publications, and abstracts and citations for over 3,500 publications in subjects that include education, general science, social sciences, business, art, etc.

FIND BOOKS

    Online Catalogs

  Doane's Online Library Catalog
A shared catalog of 10 Nebraska private-college libraries, including Perkins Library at Doane College. Search one library or all 10 by selecting from "Library" drop-down list.
  WorldCat  Authentication Required
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. The database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.

PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS

  HeritageQuest Online   Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
    1700s-present
Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

REFERENCE SOURCES

    Dictionaries

  Oxford English Dictionary  Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required 
The Oxford English Dictionary is the ultimate authority on the English language, speech in English, and the usage of words. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words and traces their usage through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The OED includes words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.

    Dissertations and Theses

  WorldCat Dissertations and Theses  Authentication Required
    updated daily
Index of over 8 million dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by member libraries, including all subjects.

    General Reference Works

  Oxford Reference Online   Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.

WEBSITES*

     General directories to history resources

  History - American and British (Rutgers University)
Organized by type of material, time period, and subject. Also contains a section on full-text documents (organized by time period).
  Voice of the Shuttle - History
Resources are sorted by category, type, and geographic region (e.g. Military history, African history, conferences, etc.).
  World Wide Web Virtual Library - History
Contains information on research methods, time periods, and historical topics. In addition, links are included for countries and regions.

    Primary Resources

  American Memory
A database containing full text documents, spoken word and sound recordings, still and moving images, maps, and sheet music as a digital record of American history and creativity. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
  American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank
Database of over 5,000 speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and interviews.
  Avalon Project at Yale Law School
Collection of documents pertaining to law, history, and diplomacy, organized by time period, topic, authors, and titles.
  Documenting the American South
Primary sources from the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill including a collection of books, pamphlets, and personal narratives.
  Eurodocs
Primary sources from Western Europe, organized by geography.
  Harvard University Open Collections Program
A project to provide digital access to a variety of resources with a particular focus. The most developed collection thus far is the Women Working, 1800-1930 collection that features relevant manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, and books.
  Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium
From the Library of Congress; provides cartoons and commentary on the context.
  Historic Missouri Newspapers
Through a collaboration of several libraries, this archive reproduces selected contents of a variety of newspapers from one state, providing digital images of original and close-ups of specific stories. Searchable by keyword.
  Historical Maps
From the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda library Map Collection, maps organized by region.
  History and Politics Out Loud
An archive of audio files related to U.S. political history, particularly from 1960-1979.
  History Channel Speech Archive
Browse by subject or author for over 500 speeches. Presented in video format.
  In the First Person
Indexes over 3,000 collections of personal narratives from around the world, sometimes linking to free full texts available on the Internet. Search by subject, historical event, locations, or words used in the text.
  Internet History Sourcebooks Project
A collection of texts and links edited by Paul Halsall at Fordham University.
  Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Includes the text of over 8.000 books and 50,000 journals.
  National Archives and Records Administration
NARA is the official depository for U.S. government materials. From this site, you can access digitized copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other important documents.
  NYPL Digital Library
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
  NYPL Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection
Picture Collection Online presents more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.
  September 11 Digital Archive
An example of a project documenting recent history for the record.
  Using Primary Sources on the Web
A guide to finding, evaluating, and citing primary sources on the Web, from the Reference and User Services section of the American Library Association.
  Valley of the Shadow
An outstanding collection of primary sources from two communities in Virginia and Pennsylvania, from 1859 through the Reconstruction. A fascinating use of the Internet for historical research.
  Vietnam Project
A major collection of materials, much of it available through the Web, from Texas Tech University.

    World History

  ABZU: A Guide to Information Related to the Study of the Ancient Near East on the Web
Ancient Near East resources from a consortium of ancient studies institutes and associations.
  Africa South of the Sahara
Maintained by Karen Fung for the African Studies Association. Selected, annotated sites arranged by country and topic, with sources for current news from Africa.
  Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
Resources on the study of women and gender in the ancient world.
  Labyrinth
Resources for medieval studies from Georgetown University.
  LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center 1992-2007
From the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Provides over 12,000 links to quality Web resources for Latin America, arranged by country or by topic, such as economy, education, and government.
  Luminarium
A collection of primary and secondary sources on medieval, renaissance, and 17th century Europe.
  NativeWeb: Resources for Indigenous Cultures Around the World 1994-2007
A rich site for information on native peoples, particularly strong for Native North American, but global in scope; includes cultural, historical, educational, and current affairs information.

    U.S. History

  American Women's History: A Research Guide
Contains a subject index, state and regional sources, and links to digital collections of primary sources.
  Encyclopedia of Chicago
An online version of the print reference that includes images, maps, and more, prepared under the auspices of the Chicago Historical Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University.
  France in America=La France en Amerique
A bilingual digital library that explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. From the Library of Congress. Digitized books, maps, prints, and other documents illuminate the role played by France in the exploration and settlement of the continent. The site also explores France's participation in the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase.
  WWW Virtual Library: United States History
A well-maintained selective guide to quality Web sites.

*Descriptions for websites are from the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.