HISTORY


Best Databases

African American Experience

Drawing on myriad sources, this database gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day. This vast and accessible database covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes. The African American Experience is regularly updated with new content, additional documents, and innovative multimedia. Contains primary documents, including slave narratives, speeches, court cases, quotations, advertisements, statistics, and other documentation.

American History Online

Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.

Ancient and Medieval History Online

Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia

Issues & Controversies in American History

The database provides explanations of the most contentious issues in American history, contains essays of opposing points of view, as well as biographies, timelines, background articles, photographs, and maps.

Latino American Experience

This database focuses on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States spanning from the pre-Columbian Indigenous civilizations of the Americas, through the Spanish and Mexican settlement of much of what is now the United States, to the triumphs and challenges facing present-day U.S. Latinos. It Features more than 150 full-text book titles, 1500 images, hundreds of primary documents, Spanish-language content, a Timeline, and 225 vetted web sites. It includes the history, culture, and customs of the people of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula.

Modern World History Online

Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history - from mid-15th century to the present.

Sharpe History Reference Titles (EBSCO E-Book Collection)

Access the following Sharpe history reference collection titles from EBCSO E-book Collection. 

American History

Early Republic and Antebellum America (1783-1861)
Civil War Era and Reconstruction (1861-1877)
Presidential Campaigns and Elections (1788-2012)
Democratic, Republican, and Third Parties (1790-2013)
America in World History
American Countercultures
American Immigration, Second Edition
American Social Movements
Asian American History and Culture
Culture Wars in America, Second Edition
Latino History and Culture
Social Issues in America

World History

Booms and Busts: Economic History (1630s-Present)
Conflicts Since World War II
Native Peoples of the World
World Food
World Terrorism

U.S. History in Context

U.S. History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. It contains Gale's reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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World Geography and Culture Online

This database takes a global approach to facilitate the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. This comprehensive resource makes it easy to study all aspects of a country - from its geography and physical features to its government, people, and society - providing both facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more. In addition to country-specific information, this accessible online resource includes a special feature illustrating basic geographical concepts, tools to compare and rank countries, a useful geography glossary, a handy conversion calculator, and a currency converter, as well as information on U.S. states. Gateway pages for the gazetteer and for geography concepts and principles offer users a convenient way to discover geographical information.

World History in Context

A collection of reference works in history. Includes historical documents; biographies of historical figures; historical photos and maps; and historical video. Summarizes scholarly journal articles, books, encylopedias. Introductory and selective resource on world history (excluding North America) from prehistory to the Viet Nam War.

Best approached by browsing pre-selected list of "topics" which offer material drawn from reference works, monographs, scholarly journals, magazines and news articles. Audio versions of some resources are offered and some topics include video clips.

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Other Resources

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is a source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's English language journals and reference sources. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, & millions of full text articles available in both PDF and HTML.

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Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

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Films On Demand

Contains over 20,000 academic videos available for streaming. Watch full-length videos or one of over 231,000 video segments grouped by subject: Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine. Films on Demand also offers videos about careers. 

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos. 

Salem History

Salem History is a collection of complete online reference books. The collection includes: Musicians & ComposersMilestone Documents in History, Great Events from History, American Decades, and the Encyclopedia of American Business.

HCC Online Catalog

Most of HCC's online books are linked from the online catalog. The catalog also includes physical items in the library: reference books, circulating books, music, dvds, audio books, and other media. You may also use the online catalog to search for items in your public library.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Includes more than 2,700 signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and, where appropriate, photographs and textual cross-references to related essays.

Commonwealth eBook Collection

A collection of books available to all the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Includes over 120,000 academic books as well as bestsellers, popular fiction, and primary historical documents.  Search the general collection in the above link or just the academic books in EBL (login required).

Ebrary (now named Ebook Central)

This is a collection of over 100,000 books online.

EBSCO e-books

A growing collection of over 110,000 e-books that can be read online or with the EBSCO eBooks App

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Simultaneously search through more than 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Overdrive Digital Catalog

Overdrive Digital Catalog offers hundreds of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos. Browse and search popular titles and download them to your computer (Mac and PC), transfer them to your portable device (Nook, Sony Reader, iPhone, and others), or burn them onto CDs for reading and listening anywhere, anytime. 

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A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials by the Library of Congress

African-American expressions of writing, music, and art during the 1920s and 1930s are well represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress. This guide presents the resources of the Library of Congress as well as links to external Web sites on the Harlem Renaissance and a bibliography.

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