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Recommended Databases for Historical Research
Academic Search Premier This link opens in a new window
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
America's Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)
Historical collection of newspapers that contains first-hand accounts of seminal events affecting American society from 1690 to 2000. The material is organized through a visual timeline-based interface but you can also use a keyword search to locate content. The resource collection is comprised of newspapers from around the country, containing articles as they appeared in print, as well as political cartoons, advertisements and obituaries.
Ancestry Library This link opens in a new window
Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. It's resources cover the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States This link opens in a new window
Collection of primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history
Black Life in America
Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day
Sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications
Britannica Academic Edition This link opens in a new window
Britannica, and the resources bundled within the collection, supply topic overviews, biographies, word and concept definitions, a world atlas, historical timelines, quotations, illustrations, photos, videos, links to relevant articles and websites, primary sources, and the World Data Analyst, supplying customizable charts and tables of statistics on countries of the world. Users can suggest edits and additions to content.
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Credo Reference provides Topic Pages, which offer background information on a particular topic that can give you an easy starting point and pathways for further research; Access to hundreds of in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering every major subject from Accounting to Art History and Shakespeare to Einstein; and Mind Maps that visually show relationships between topics and keywords.
Military & Government Collection This link opens in a new window
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.
Salem Press This link opens in a new window
Provides full-text online access to a range of reference works published by Salem Press in the areas of health, history, literature, and science
Google Scholar is different from a Google search; it limits the search to scholarly journals and books, and it includes citation links.
Local History Journals - Individual Titles (In library use only)
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.
Related Guides by the BC3 Library
Style Guides and Citation Help
The Academic Article
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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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