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Library Databases

Use these databases to find journal articles and other materials on literature and related topics.

America: History & Life

America: History & Life covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. It includes citations with abstracts for books, dissertations, and articles from 1964 to the present. It does not include full-text articles, although it does link to some sources of full text.

Dictionary of National Biography

The Dictionary of National Biography includes 55,000 biographies of people who played a significant role in the history of the British Isles. In addition to biographical information from primary and secondary sources, entries are accompanied by bibliographies and are often illustrated with portraits.

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts covers world history from 1450 to the present, excluding material on the United States and Canada. Citations and abstracts for books, dissertations, and articles from over 2,000 journals are included in the database. Coverage begins in 1954. It does not include full-text articles, although it does link to some full-text sources.


JSTOR provides access to the full images (including photos, tables, and graphs) of articles from back issues of a variety of scholarly journals, including history journals. Coverage extends back to the 19th century for some journals. Recent years' issues are generally not accessible in this database. contains a collection of newspapers from the United States (excluding Missouri papers) and from a few other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada. Library users can view, save, and print PDF images from newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977. Access to the database is restricted to recognized Missouri S&T IP addresses.

New York Times (1851-2006)

This database allows researchers to search the full text of the New York Times and offers both page and article images back to the very first issue. The contents include news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements.

Project Muse

Project Muse provides access to the full text of articles from almost 200 journals, many of them in the humanities. Coverage begins in 1993.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Historical 1874-1922)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

The Times (London) Archive (1785-1985)

Search the complete digital edition of The Times (London) to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

This database provides access to the full text of reports, documents, and journals of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It currently covers Congressional activities from 1817 to 1980. It also provides access to maps from the serial set, as well as the American State Papers, 1789-1838, a collection containing legislative and executive documents.

Electronic Journals

Free Journals

Print Resources


  • Sources Of Information for Historical Research
    Reference D20 .S63

    Describes major reference works in the field of history arranged by geography, form, and subject

  • American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature
    Reference D20 .A55 1995

    Contains almost 27,000 annotated citations for works selected by historians as the best and most useful works in their fields, from prehistory to the twentieth century


  • Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
    Reference DT14 .A37435

    Provides biographical, political, artistic, economic, historical, and geographical data relating to Africa and the African diaspora

  • Almanac of American History
    Reference E174.5 .A45 1983

    Divides American history into periods, from the pre-Revolutionary War to post-World War II eras

  • Chronological History of U.S. Foreign Relations
    Reference E183.7 .B745 2003

    "A reference for scholars, librarians, students, researchers, journalists, and citizens seeking a straightforward explanation of particular events regarding the United States' relations with other nations"

  • Dictionary of American History
    Reference E174 .A43 2002

    Provides descriptions of concepts from U.S. history

  • Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History
    Reference E185 .E54 2006

    Encyclopedia that discusses the history and culture of black people in the Americas

  • Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates
    Reference E174.5 .C3 1997

    Discusses events from different periods in American history

  • Encyclopedia of World War II
    Reference D740 .E516 2005

    Encyclopedia that covers "the entire scope of the Second World War from its earliest roots to its continuing impact on global politics and human society"

  • The Timetables of History: A Historical Linkage of People and Events
    Reference D11 .G78 1991

    Presents names and events in parallel columns organized by subject: history/politics; literature/theater; religion /philosophy/learning; visual arts; music; scienct/technology


  • Times Atlas of World History
    Reference G1030 .T54 1989

    Includes maps covering the following subjects: the world of early man, the first civilizations, the classical civilizations of Eurasia, the world of divided regions, the world of the emerging West, the age of European dominance, and the age of global civilization

  • Historical Atlas of the United States
    Reference G1201.S1 N3 1988

    Maps illustrating U.S. history arranged thematically and chronologically

  • Historical Atlas of Missouri
    Reference G1436.S1 R3 1981

    Presents maps covering specific aspects of the history and geography of Missouri


  • International Historical Statistics, Africa, Asia, Oceania 1750-1988
    Reference HA4675 .M55 1995

    Presents statistics on population, labor force, agriculture, industry, trade, finance, and education for countries in the region

  • International Historical Statistics, Europe 1750-1988
    Reference HA1107 .M5 1992

    Presents statistics on population, labor force, agriculture, industry, trade, finance, and education for countries in the region

  • International Historical Statistics, The Americas 1750-1988
    Reference HA175 .M52 1993

    Presents statistics on population, labor force, agriculture, industry, trade, finance, and education for countries in the region

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    HA202 .U55, Latest at Reference Desk

    Collection of statistics on population, economy, industry, and environment; the library has copies back to 1905. Also available online

  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    Reference HA202 .A385 1976

    Collection of historical statistics on the population and economy of the United States. Similar information online at the Historical Census Browser site

Web Resources


  • Best of History Web Sites

    Portal of history sites rated for usefulness and accuracy for students and educators

  • History Cooperative

    A nonprofit humanities resource linking to online history journals, as well as a variety of web sites of interest to historians and the full text of the papers of Booker T. Washington

  • History On-Line

    Site with the goal of providing high-quality information resources for the teaching and learning of history

  • Intute: History

    Site listing history resources that have been selected, evaluated, and described by subject specialists for students and researchers in higher education. Intute also has a history of science page.

  • Voice of the Shuttle: History

    A large collection of links relating to historical topics

  • World Wide Web Virtual Library: History

    Contains a large number of links to historical sources on a wide variety of topics

Primary Documents

  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History

    Collection of documents from U.S. history organized chronologically

  • American Archives: Documents of the American Revolution, 1774-1776

    A collection of thousands of pamphlets, booklets, and newspaper articles from the Revolutionary period

  • American Memory Project

    "A gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States . . . offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections"

  • Avalon Project

    Yale project providing access to digital copies of a wide variety of primary documents in the areas of law, history, and diplomacy.

  • Chronicling America

    This site allows users to search and read newspaper articles from 1880 to 1922 from selected states, including Missouri. It also provides information about newspapers published in the United States between 1690 and the present.

  • Documenting the American South

    A collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century; it includes collections of slave narratives, oral histories, and first-person accounts of life in the South

  • Founder's Constitution

    Online version of a print anthology that includes documents relating to issues addressed by the US Constitution; documents range in age from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s and include writings of philosophers, popular pamphlets, debates in ratifying conventions, and private correspondence

  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project

    Extensive collections of public domain historical texts in ancient, medieval, and modern history

  • In the First Person

    A database that allows keyword searching of oral history materials that are freely available on the Web; eventually it should also include pointers to other first person content, like letters and diaries

  • Making of America

    A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction that contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles from the 19th century

  • World History Sources

    A guide to the best online primary source archives in world history, with historians describing the materials available and their strengths and weaknesses

Missouri Digital Collections

Statistical Data

  • Historical Census Browser

    Historical census data describing the population and economy of U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960; includes mapping capabilities

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