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History: Recommended Resources

A research guide for finding History resources in the BC3 Library and on the Internet, complied by the BC3 Librarians.

Historical Newspapers, Genealogy Research, Primary Sources

New York Times  - Times Machine

With it's online articles dating back to the 1850's, the New York Times is an excellent resource for historical research. BC3 students and employees can sign up for free access to the New York Times through Butler County Community College's NYT Academic Pass Subscription.

  1. Go to
  2. Search for Butler County Community College from the list of institutions
  3. You MUST use your BC3 email when setting up your NYT account
  4. You will need to re-register for the NYT annually

Reference Sources

Databases for Finding Journal and Magazine Articles

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is different from a Google search; it limits the search to scholarly journals and books, and it includes citation links.

Annenberg Learner Videos

The Constitution: That Delicate Balance

This course is broken down into units, each exploring the topic through a one-hour video video. 


A Biography of America: American history is presented as a living narrative rather than a collection of facts and dates.

This course is broken down into units, each exploring the topic through a 30 minute video. 

Featured Print Books

Featured E-Books


The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for all types of history, as well as geography and government. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

History and Geography books are located in the 900 section of the library. This includes maps, ancient civilizations, U.S. History, wars, World History, countries and continents.

Books on government are located in 353.

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