HIST Subject Gateway

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Biography in Context more information
A comprehensive database of biographical information on more that 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (selected titles) more information

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to encyclopedias covering a wide variety of topics.

Films on Demand Academic Collection more information

A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos both on and off-campus. This collection includes many films that provide background information on popular topics covered in introductory history courses.

Dictionary of American History more information

Features updated and revised entries from previous editions, as well as more than 800 new entries covering recent events and a wide range of topics in American history, from the well studied and familiar to the obscure.

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America: History and Life (EBSCO) more information

Indexes articles on North American (United States and Canada) history from 1450 - present. Links to full text articles from other Ebsco databases and JSTOR, either directly or through FIND IT.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO) more information

Indexes articles on world history from 1450 - present, covering regions outside of North America. Links to full text articles from other Ebsco databases and JSTOR, either directly or through FIND IT.

Humanities Abstracts (EBSCO) more information

Journal citations and abstracts for articles in areas of the humanities, including history. Use this database (along with JSTOR) to identify articles on history pre-1450, including the classical and medieval worlds.

Some articles are full-text; for others, you will need to use the Find It button to see if full-text is available in another database. (Use the Interlibrary Loan service if it is not.)

Be sure to check the 'Peer Reviewed' checkbox before you begin searching if you wish to retrieve only scholarly articles.


JSTOR more information

Provides fulltext access to 450 core scholarly journals in the Arts and Sciences. Coverage begins with the first issue of each journal title. However, JSTOR does not include any articles from the most recent five years. For those you will have to search other sources, such as America: History and Life or Historical Abstracts.

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Google News Archive more information

 Google offers digitized versions of many older newspapers.  You can search by date or within a specific newspaper.

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Internet Archive: Digital Library more information
  • Excellent source of primary sources including all types of media
  • Offers free access to books, movies, audio files and 150 billion archived web pages
  • Valuable in its effort to capture content that no longer exists on the web
  • Use tabs to search by specific media type, if desired
  • Moving image collection includes: historical documentary works; educational and industrial films; home movies; newsreels; advertisements; propaganda; and other vintage ephemera.
  • Advanced search allows for searching keywords?áin title, creator, description or by collection, mediatype, date or date range
Online Primary Source Collections more information

 This is a collection of digital primary source materials, updated and maintained by the Research & Instruction Librarian for History at Towson. Collections are arranged by topics and geography. 

Internet History Sourcebooks Project [Hansall] more information

A collection of public domain primary sources and links to collections of freely accessible texts, organized by era, region, and topics. Includes a special section, history in the movies, that lists films and tv series that deal with historical events and people.

Accessible Archives more information

Provides full text databases of primary source material from the 18th and 19th century publications.  Collections include the Civil War; African American newspapers from the 19th century; American county histories to 1900; and specific resources and newspapers such as Godey’s Lady’s Book, The Liberator,  The Pennsylvania Gazette, South Carolina newspapers, and The Virginia Gazette.

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online more information

Nearly 4,000 items including letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies, dating from 1675 to the present, which combined, present a social and cultural history of the United States.

Digital Public Library of America more information

A web portal to the digital holdings of archives, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in the United States.

  • Provides electronic to varioius formats including books, manuscripts, photos, and videos
  • Browse by exhibition or search by place, date, or subject
  • Display allows results aranged on a physical map or on a time line
  • Some materials may not be accessible because of copyright restrictions
VAST: Academic Video Online more information

 A growing collection of thousands of streaming video resources in a range of subject areas including American History and World History. Provides primary sources for events that took place in the 20th and 21st centuries. .Browse or search the collection by topic, event, person, or date.

Early English Books Online more information

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the English Civil War. This collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

Terms and Conditions: http://eebo.chadwyck.com/help/faqs.htm#1a

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AP Images more information

Current photos and a selection of pictures from The Associated Press library. This database features photographs of historical figures, political leaders, sports greats, and celebrities, and also includes images from significant news and events of the 20th century, such as World War II, civil rights, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and space exploration.

ARTstor more information

Contains nearly 500,000 images offering a unique perspective of history through paintings, cultural artifacts, architecture, photography and other art forms. Includes some maps.

Camio: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online more information
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.

HIST Subject Gateway / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: January 09, 2015