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Core Databases

Access the essential databases for American History. For more, see the History, American Subject Guide.

Comprehensive List

Access the recommended databases for American History. For more, see the History, American Subject Guide.

  • Academic Search Complete:
    An all-inclusive scholarly and multidisciplinary database. Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL; ( + )
  • Accessible Archives:
    Documents related to the Civil War, abolition, and women's suffrage. Full text included; Newspapers; Primary sources; ( + )
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book:
    Over 4000 scholarly books in the humanities. Full text included; Ebook collection; ( + )
  • America: History and Life:
    The definitive research tool for American and Canadian history. Full text included; ( + )
  • American History in Video:
    US history in documentary films and newsreels from 1890-present. Audio materials; Visual materials; ( + )
  • American Statistics Index:
    Statistical data from the US government. Citation only; Print index; US Government materials; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Anthropological Literature (Steely Reference):
    Citations to articles in anthropology, 1989-2008. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Anthropology Plus:
    For comprehensive research in anthropology (limited full text). Citation only; ( + )
  • Art Index:
    Essential for art history research (limited full text). Citation only; Visual materials; ( + )
  • Biography Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to biographical materials in books and magazines, 1946-1984. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Biography Reference Bank:
    An extensive biography database. Full text included; ( + )
  • Bloomsbury Fashion Central:
    Coverage of world fashion from 1500 BCE to present. Full text included; Ebook collection; Visual materials; ( + )
  • Book Review Digest (Steely Reference):
    Access to citations for book reviews, 1905-1982. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Book Review Digest Plus:
    Book reviews from periodicals. Full text included; ( + )
  • Book Review Index (Steely Reference):
    Access to citations for book reviews, 1965-2009. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Censtats:
    Census statistics prior to the 2010 census. US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Census Bureau :
    Official gateway to the data compiled by the US Census. US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers:
    View millions of pages from historic US newspapers. Full text included; Newspapers; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Civil War Era:
    Search newspapers and pamphlets, 1840-1865. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Digital Commons Network:
    Access to scholarly journal articles and research. Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • Directory of Open Access Books:
    A directory of open-access books. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Directory of Open Access Journals:
    Definitive index to peer-reviewed, open-access journals. Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • Dissertations and Theses:
    Comprehensive access to dissertations and theses worldwide. Full text included; Ebook collection; ( + )
  • E-Journals:
    Citations from EBSCO ejournals (limited full-text). Citation only; ( + )
  • Essay and General Literature Index (Steely Reference):
    Citations to humanities and social sciences articles, 1900-1984. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750:
    Authoritative bibliography of European writings about the Americas. Citation only; ( + )
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 (free):
    Authoritative bibliography of European writings about the Americas. Citation only; Open access; ( + )
  • Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room:
    Search for declassified documents released by the CIA through the FOIA. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Hathitrust:
    Digitized materials from 100 partner libraries. Full-text; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Humanities Abstracts:
    Scholarly sources in the humanities. Citation only; ( + )
  • Humanities Index (Steely Reference):
    Scholarly sources in the humanities. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • JSTOR:
    Scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and business. Full text included; ( + )
  • Kentucky Digital Library:
    Documents from Kentucky archives on KY history and culture. Full text included; Newspapers; Visual materials; KYVL subscription; Open access; Primary sources; ( + )
  • New York Times, Historical Newspapers:
    Full coverage of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • New York Times Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to all NYT articles published between 1851-2006. Citation only; Print index; Newspapers; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Newspaper Archive:
    Historical newspapers from 23 countries, 1607 -. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Open Dissertations:
    American dissertations. Limited full text. Full text included; Ebook collection; ( + )
  • Open Dissertations (free):
    Open access to American dissertations. Limited full text. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • ViVa Women's History:
    A bibliography of women's and gender history. Citation only; Open access; ( + )