History Databases

Essential Research Tools

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Covers all subjects. 720 journals are specifically in the field of history.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


America: History & Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.  From pre-history to the present.  Search this database with Historical Abstracts for world coverage.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations | More info


American Factfinder 2

From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides population, housing, economic, and geographic data.


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


Harp Week 

Includes the full text of Harper's Weekly and provides a continuous record of what happened on a weekly basis from 1857 through 1912. The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912. Covers much of the social, political, and economic history of the United States during this period.

1857--1912 | Full text with graphics


Historical Abstracts 

Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450 to present and  includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search this database with America: History & Life (coverage of U.S. and Canada).

1955--current | Citations & abstracts | More info


Historical Newspapers--Minneapolis Tribune

"The Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) 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."

1867--1922 | Full text | More info



Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is an index that provides citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies), dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues)  for the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). 

1784--current | Citations & abstracts only



Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences.

1800s--current | Full text


Medieval Sourcesonline

From Manchester University Press, Medieval Sourcesonline is a web-based learning resource containing hundreds of original medieval history documents compiled for the teaching and study of history. Choose "Access the texts" to begin.

Full text e-books

New York Times Archives
Articles in the public domain from 1851 to 1922 are available free online, as are articles from 1987 to current. For full text articles form 1923--1947 or other articles not in full text ask at the Reference Desk for an interlibrary loan. Articles from 1947 to 1986 are available on microfilm in the Reference Room. (FAQ about the Archives)

Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Some full text| More info


Renaissance and Reformation

New online journal from Iter


Winona Newspaper Project

Online archive of three late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers. Includes available issues of the Winona Argus, the Winona Daily Republican and the Winona Republican Herald.

Full text



From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Provides access to archival records. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to to borrow materials from another library.

Bibliographic records

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Discovering Collection

Use this comprehensive database to retrieve reference content for the core curriculum areas of geography and culture, literature, history, biographies, and  science and health.  Includes a multi-media gallery. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

Full text


Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World

Scholarly database that collects, records, documents, presents and promotes the historical data that testify to the presence of Hellenic culture. Covers the entire spectrum of the Hellenic life and activities and take advantage of the results of current research in relevant scientific fields. EHW draws information as well from archives and archaeological excavations.


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view



Provides broad coverage of medieval websites across academic disciplines.



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

Date range varies | Mostly full text


Salem History

Provides online access to the Milestone Documents of American Leaders reference set, a compilation of primary documents from notable Americans with commentary and analysis and The 50 States set, which offers up-to-date information on individual American states.

1754--current | Full text e-book



One of the world's largest provider of scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical literature. Access to journals in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business as well. 

Some full text


USA Counties

From the U.S. Census Bureau, statistical data from a wide variety of federal agencies featuring state and county level data covering a wide range of years.



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