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History Research Guide

Subject Icon Subject Specialist:Amy Stempler
Email:amy.stempler@csi.cuny.edu
Telephone:718-982-3917

Table of Contents:
Subject-Specific Databases
Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Primary Sources


Core databases for finding articles in this subject area.

America: History and Life Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes major titles such as Journal of American History, American Historical Review, and American Quarterly. (For world history see Historical Abstracts). [CSI]


American Civil War Research Database Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Includes military records for over 4 million soldiers, 4,000 regimental histories, 3,000 battle accounts and reports, 15,000 photographs, and much useful statistical information and analytical tools.


Cambridge Histories Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Cambridge Histories have become an established and essential component of the academic research library, and now, for the first time, over 290 of these well-known, used and trusted volumes are available online, adding immense value to the texts and enhancing any aspect of historical research, covering various aspects of world history including law, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and economics.


Gale Virtual Reference Library - History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
History ebooks from many sources; includes reference works and monographs.


Historical Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts of articles, books, and dissertations on world history (excluding U.S. & Canada) from 1450 to the present. Covers all branches of world history, including political, military, economic, social and cultural, as well as the history of science, technology, and medicine. (For U.S. & Canadian history see America: History & Life) Selective indexing of historical articles from more than 1,800 journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.


Oxford Reference Online - History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
History subjects from the Oxford Reference Online series.


Salem History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text history reference books from Salem Press. Provides general information about historical eras, events, and figures. Includes titles such as Milestone Documents, The Decades, Great Events from History, Great Lives from History and Musicians and Composers.


Search databases and indexes to find citations and/or full text for online articles, books, images, or statistics.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Arts & Humanities Citation Index provides citations to journal articles in the arts and humanities, including architecture, art, classics, dance, literature, music, philosophy, film, religion, and theater.


ARTstor Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
ARTstor is a digital library of over one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes. Faculty members may request "instructor privileges" which provide enhanced functionality, including the ability to create shared folders, instructor commentary, and personal collections. To request "instructor privilege" please contact Mark Aaron Polger at MarkAaron.Polger@csi.cuny.edu


Biography Reference Center Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 460,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many others.


Black Thought and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of over 1,200 books, essays, articles, pamphlets, and speeches related to African American history from colonial times to the present. Sources include published books as well as previously unpublished materials such as letters, correspondence, and interviews. In addition to searching by keyword, users can browse documents by multiple criteria such as author, title, date, subject, or historical event.


Book Review Digest Plus Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and select full text of fiction and non-fiction book reviews published since 1983. Encompasses more than one million reviews covering over 550,000 books.


Cambridge Collections Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the Cambridge Companions book series with over 320 titles and 70,000 essays, which provide introductions and overviews of major topics and figures in literature, art, philosophy, and religion. Also includes the Shakespeare Survey series, a compendium of Shakespeare criticism with each volume devoted to a particular theme or group of plays. (read online)


Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities provides citations to papers and proceedings of social science and humanities conferences from 1990 to present.


eHRAF World Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text database offering information on different cultures and ethnic groups from around the world. Covers all aspects of cultural and social life such as beliefs, cultural practices, political structure, and settlement patterns. Each cultural profile consists of a "cultural summary" and a list of relevant full text sources. Users can search by keyword or browse by subject, region, or culture. Very useful for comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture. User Guide.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Search all titles or browse titles by subject.
Click on the "Title LIst" for contents. Title List


Historical Statistics of the United States Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Electronic edition of the 5-volume Historical Statistics of the United States. Find historical statistics on topics such as population, income, employment, education, crime, and economics. Users can export data to spreadsheets or create custom tables.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
FULL TEXT articles from the first issue of several hundred journals in the Arts & Sciences I-IV, General Science, Language & Literature collections. Try their Search Tutorial or their Browse Tutorial.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Project MUSE? offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.


Readers' Guide Retrospective Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The completed database will cover the years 1890 through 1982.


Women and Social Movements Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of articles, essays, books, bibliographies, and primary source materials documenting the history of women's reform activities in the U.S. from 1600 to 2000.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

Conflict in Afghanistan: A Historical Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DS 351 .C54 2003


Encyclopedia of African History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DT 20 .E53 2005, 3 vols.


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DS 779.23 .E53 2005


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DS 822.5 .E516 2002


Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
BP 40 .E525 2004, 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Modern Asia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DS 4 .E53 2002, 6 vols.


Encyclopedia of Russian History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DK 14 .E53 2004, 4 vols.


Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D840.E63 2008


Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: A Political, Social and Military History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DC 220 .E53 2006, 3 vols.


Encyclopedia of the Interwar Years: From 1919 to 1939 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D 727 .G745 2000


Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political, Social, and Military History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
DS918.E53 2000


Encyclopedia of World War II: A political, social and military history Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D740.E516 2005


Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D 209 .E97 2004, 6 vols.


Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D 1051 .E92 2001, 2 vols.


Facts About the 20th Century Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
CB 425 .O34 2001


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Search all titles or browse titles by subject.
Click on the "Title LIst" for contents. Title List


New Encyclopaedia Britannica Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
AE 5 .E363 2003, 32 vols.


Oxford Companion to Military History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
D 25 .A2 O94 2001


Resources freely available on the Internet.

American Memory (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of historical materials from the Library Congress. Includes a variety of manuscripts, pamphlets, images, audio and video recordings, maps, and sheet music that document U.S. history and culture. Users can search across all collections or browse by topic.


History Matters Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.


In the First Person Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index to letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies of over 18,000 individuals found in archival repositories and other scholarly collections. Provides citations and in some cases links to full text, audio, and video files that are freely available on the web (access to some texts requires a subscription).


Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Gateway to web resources covering all aspects of Latin America, including history, geography, politics, economics, and culture.


Making of America (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. MoA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan.


New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Several divisions in the NYPL Research Libraries hold archival collections containing a wide variety of primary source material, including manuscripts, diaries, photographs, sound recordings, films, videotapes, artifacts, and electronic records. Search NYPL's Archival Materials Access Tool (AMAT) to find archival materials held in branch libraries.


New York Public Library Digital Gallery Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.


Presidents of the United States Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Is the most comprehensive site on the Internet for presidential resources. The alphabetized subject headings are linked to most of the sites on the web that have information about the Presidents of the United States.


United Nations Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Portal to information about the United Nations and international issues. Includes UN reports, resolutions, meeting records, and press releases.


World History Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This website helps world history teachers and students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Access World News Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to approximately 3,000 global news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, Web-only content and video. This database is especially strong in local and international news, including over 50 New York news sources and over 1,300 overseas sources. Coverage varies by title. [CSI]


Gale Infotrac Newstand Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format. Click for Publication List.


History Journals at CSI Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Most journals for History subjects are accessed through our journal locator; click for history areas, or enter the name of the journal.


National Newspaper Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of five major newspapers: New York Times (from 1980), Wall Street Journal (from 1980), Christian Science Monitor (from 1980), Los Angeles Times (from 1982) and Washington Post (from 1980). Also includes index for New York Times Magazine (from 1977) and New York Times Book Review (from 1980).


New York State Newspapers Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of select New York state newspapers, including the New York Post (from 2000), New York Observer (from 1999), Albany Times (from 1986), and Buffalo News (from 1996). Coverage dates vary by publication.


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2007. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Staten Island Advance Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of Staten Island's local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, from October 1991 to present. Electronic access is also available from LexisNexis (Aug. 2006 - present). Issues from Aug. 1945 to Dec. 2007 are available on microfilm. See library catalog for holdings.


Wall Street Journal [Proquest] Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The financial newspaper of record offering in-depth coverage of national and international business, finance, and economic news. Full text is available for all issues published since 1984. Issues from 1889 to 2007 are available on microfilm.


Resources for locating primary sources such as letters, manuscripts, diaries, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, and official records.

Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to information resources used for locating primary sources.


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