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Daniel Becker
Librarian for Humanities & Business
Tel: (508) 286 5601

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About This Guide
This research guide presents some core general resources in History.
Clio, the Muse of History, instructing a boy. The muse and the boy are framed by two open books.
Additional resources are available on the following, more specific guides: 
   
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Image Credit: Nikolaos Gyzis, "Historia" (1892). Via Wikimedia Commons.
Reference Sources
Biography in Context Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Biographies from several reference sources, including Marquis Who's Who, with related full text articles, images and links to hand-picked web sites. Searchable by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. Access provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
Digital library of over 700 cross-searchable reference books in a wide variety of disciplines. A great starting point for your research that also leads you right to the library catalog and other databases. There is also a browse function that allows you to view only history-related reference titles included in this database, which includes the Annual Register of World Events.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource Some full text available
Collection of both general and subject-specific reference works; excellent starting point for orientation within a new subject area. Access provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). GVRL also has a listing of specifically its history-related titles, which includes the multi-volume reference work World Eras

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Comprehensive, 6-volume encyclopedia of intellectual and cultural history from ancient to modern times.  Call Number: Ref. CB9 .N49 2005.  

World History Encyclopedia Restricted Resource Some full text available
Sweeping encyclopedia of all aspects of world history from the very first human societies to the present, with more than 4,000 entries. 2011. 
HELIN Catalog
HELIN Catalog
‚ÄčTo find books and e-books, audiovisual materials, board games, and other items held by the Wallace Library or our partners in the HELIN consortium, search the catalog: 

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Documenting Your Research
Properly documenting your research is a crucial part of the research process. Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University as well as our own Citation Management Guide  for detailed information about different citation styles and formats. 

Scholarship in History usually uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. or its "little sister," Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th ed. . To make sure you use the correct format, please check with your professor(s). 

To manage your sources and references, try Zotero or RefWorks .  
Core Databases and Repositories
America: History and Life [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, book chapters, book reviews and dissertations on United States and Canadian history and culture (for world history, use Historical Abstracts); 1964 - present. 

Historical Abstracts [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (not including United Sates, Canada, or pre-history; for US and Canada, use America: History and Life); 1955 - present.  

Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Full text backfiles of over 2,500 core scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To help you navigate and search JSTOR, check their helpful how-to guide (PDF). 

Note: JSTOR includes 16 current titles, but for all others, JSTOR does not contain the most recent 1-7 years of content. Many of these titles are continued in the Library's print and/or electronic subscriptions, however. Check the Journal Finder for complete holdings information.



Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text current and archival articles from 660+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. The Library's subscription also includes over 7,000 e-books. Updated continually.  

IsisCB Explore Unrestricted Resource
Online, open-access version of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, containing not only bibliographic citations but also authority headings and linked data options. 1974-present (1913-1974 under development). 
Core Digital Libraries and Collections
Internet History Sourcebooks Project Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
One of the earliest efforts to collect open-access primary sources on the World Wide Web, founded and edited by Professor Paul Halsall of Fordham University. Besides official documents, this site includes narrative accounts, personal memoirs, songs, newspaper reports, as well as cultural, philosophical, religious, and scientific documents. It covers ancient, medieval, and modern history across all continents.  

Internet Archive Unrestricted Resource
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. Many entries include easily accessible raw text.

HathiTrust Digital Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Digital library created from the collections of major research libraries in the United States and around the world. Items range from medieval Arabic manuscripts to early modern European incunabula, from colonial American pamphlets to 19th-century treatises on natural history. Although a part of the collection is only accessible to members of participating/contributing institutions, many materials (particularly those no longer in copyright) are freely accessible.

World Digital Library (WDL) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
"The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures." 


Digital Public Library of America [DPLA] Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Aggregates digital collections from various institutions across the United States and serves as both a simple search portal and as a development platform with which online exhibitions etc. can be built. 

Europeana Unrestricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
 "Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, tv and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they're all here."
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