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Core Databases

Access the essential databases for Local and Public History. For more, see the History, Local and Public Subject Guide.

  • America: History and Life:
    The definitive research tool for American and Canadian history. 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; ( + )
  • Kentucky Encyclopedia:
    Includes people, places, and events (1993 edition). Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • MasterFILE Premier:
    General reference materials (mostly for public libraries). Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Newsdex PLCH:
    Index to Cincinnati newspapers, including the Post and Enquirer. Citation only; Newspapers; Open access; ( + )

Comprehensive List

Access the recommended databases for Local and Public History. For more, see the History, Local and Public Subject Guide.

  • Academic Search Complete:
    An all-inclusive scholarly and multidisciplinary database. Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL; ( + )
  • America: History and Life:
    The definitive research tool for American and Canadian history. Full text included; ( + )
  • American Statistics Index:
    Statistical data from the US government. Citation only; Print index; US Government materials; In Steely 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; ( + )
  • Cincinnati Enquirer:
    Full coverage of the Cincinnati Enquirer, 1999-present. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Courier-Journal:
    Full coverage of Louisville, KY's main newspaper, 1999-present. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Digital Commons Network:
    Access to scholarly journal articles and research. 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; ( + )
  • 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; ( + )
  • Kentucky Encyclopedia:
    Includes people, places, and events (1993 edition). Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • MasterFILE Premier:
    General reference materials (mostly for public libraries). Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Newsdex PLCH:
    Index to Cincinnati newspapers, including the Post and Enquirer. Citation only; Newspapers; Open access; ( + )
  • 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; ( + )
  • US Midwest Newsstream:
    Local news from IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, and WI back to 1986. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
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