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EBSCOhost Academic Search Elite Provides full text and indexing/abstracts for academic, social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals.

Historical Statistics of the United States The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history, covering the Colonial times to the present.

JSTOR A high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.

National Newspapers (available through ProQuest) Includes articles from 27 newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, plus other important U.S., international and minority interest papers. From the ProQuest search screen, click on "Collections" to select ProQuest Newspapers.

ProQuest Search for magazine, newspaper and peer-reviewed journal articles about the social sciences and other related topics.


Web Resources

Africa Web Links Guide to resources on the history and culture of Africa from the University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center.

African American Odyssey Online exhibit of African-American history resources from the Library of Congress, including books, government documents, maps, manuscripts, plays, films and recordings.

American Journeys Collection of eyewitness accounts of early American exploration and settlement.

American Women's History: A Research Guide Digital collection of primary sources documenting the history of women in the United States, including photographs, letters, diaries, interviews and other resources.

Explore GovDocs Searchable database of public government document resources from the University of Michigan.

Best of History Websites Annotated links to history websites and history teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and quizzes.

Cornell University Library New York State Historical Literature Collection of out-of-copyright books, pamphlets and other materials presented in electronic format.

Famous Trials Profiles of well-known legal trials from ancient times to the present, including images, transcripts, government documents and other resources related to each case.

Historical U.S. Census Data browser Provides access to census data from 1790 to 1960 by year, state or county and generates interactive maps.

HistoryNet Online history portal containing articles, features and photographs drawn from the archives of 10 history magazines.

In the First Person Free, searchable index of personal historical narratives and primary sources such as diary entries, letters and oral histories.

Library of Congress American Memory Provides free online access to historical materials including documents, sound recordings, images and videos from the Library of Congress collection.

National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) Provides online access to government records from the National Archives.

New York State Archives Digital Collections Provides access to the NYS Archives' online collections of images, documents, audio and video.

NYPL History & Geography Digital Gallery The New York Public Library's collection of digital images related to a variety of historical topics.

Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives Online exhibit showcasing photographs related to significant developments in American history.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States Collection of facts, resources and links related to each President of the United States.

Presidential Recordings Program Provides access to transcripts and audio files of meeting and telephone conversation recordings made by six American presidents from 1940 to 1973.

Veteran's History Project Online archive of personal accounts from American war veterans.

The Vietnam War Declassification Project Collection of declassified government documents from the Vietnam War era.

Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers Public archive of papers related to the Watergate scandal and the investigations of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.


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