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LIBRARY GUIDE TO History

Books
Library catalog
Use the library catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and government documents at the library.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cambridge Histories Online
Over 260 volumes covering American and British history, world history, and more.

Blackwell Companions to American History
A series of volumes on various aspects and periods of American history.

Blackwell Companions to World History
A series of volumes on the history of various countries.

Hathi Trust
A searchable database of digitized books from the University of Michigan libraries, some of which are full text.
Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library:
 
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
or  
ILLiad (libraries worldwide), using the WorldCat catalog to find books.
Journal articles
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff America: History & Life
The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Provides indexing for 1,700 journals. How to export to RefWorks. Coverage: 1964-present

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Archives the full-text of articles from numerous history journals.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Provides indexing coverage of the journal literature in the arts and humanities, including literature, music and film studies. Provides information on who has cited a researcher's work. Coverage: 1975 - present. How to export to RefWorks
Primary sources online
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff American Periodicals Online Series
This source includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from 1740-1940. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal; regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking journals like The Dial, Puck, and McClure's.

New York Times Historical
The entire archive of the New York Times

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Detroit Free Press Historical
Covers several editions of the Detroit Free Press from 1831-1999.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Chicago Defender (Proquest Historical Newspapers)
Covers several editions of the Chicago Defender newspaper from 1909-1975.

Women's Magazine Archive
Full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines from the late-19th century through to 2005

American Memory: the online collections of the Library of Congress, organized by theme and by period.

Chronicling America: historic American newspapers (1836-1922) at the Library of Congress.

Digital Public Library of America: a portal for a large number of primary sources held across the U.S. The Primary Source Sets offer online access to archives on various historical topics.

The Making of Americaprimary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction

DocsTeach: thousands of historical documents to be used in the classroom

National Archives Online Public Access search (For an overview of the holdings at NARA, see their Research topics pages)

Seeking Michigan: digital collections of the Archives of Michigan (maps, photos, pre-statehood documents, civil war records...)

Internet Archivea non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

World History Sources: primary sources to support world history teaching.

History Matters: compilation of primary resources by topic and period.

Social Explorer: Census data presented in interactive maps. The public edition (free of charge) contains socio-economic and demographic data  from 1790 to 2009.

Hathi Trust: Books, journals and more. Works in the public domain are available full text.

  
Directories of archives
Historical Statistics
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 (U.S. Census)

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Statistical Abstract of the United States (Proquest)
Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Includes some historical data.

Social Explorer
Some statistics available for free.
Images
In addition to the digital collections of primary sources listed above, images can be found in Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
History book reviews
Reviews in History: an e-journal edited by British historians containing reviews by experts on all topics.

H-net reviews: online reviews of the latest scholarship in all fields of history. Complemented by the H-net Book Channel

New Books in History: discussions with historians about their new books.
 
Other useful websites

OAISTER is the largest search engine for online academic material. Includes digitized book and journal articles, manuscript/archival material, photographic images, audio and visual files, data sets, and theses.
 

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