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History Databases -- General
(see also History--United States, Biography, Social Sciences, and General.
For history of individual countries, see also: Culture and Area Studies)

[Indexes]    [Online Video]    [Online Books--General & By Period]    [Online Books--By Subject]

[History of Individual Countries]    [History of the United States]


Indexes to Journals and Books:

History Reference Center (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Features the full text for more than 150 leading U.S. and world history periodicals, as well as that of more than 1,600 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes 57,000 historical documents, more than 7,800 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos & maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

World History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: World) Contains the full text of 110 journals, 27 reference books, and 1800 primary sources, as well as images, maps, and charts, to provide expansive geographic and chronologic coverage of world history, including ancient Europe, Latin America, the Far East, the Renaissance, and more.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

SocINDEX with Full Text (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas such as criminology, demography, ethnic studies, gender studies, marriage, family, political sociology, religion, social development, social psychology, social work, anthropology, history, violence, and more. Contains full text for 708 journals (some dating back to 1908), 780 books, and 9,333 conference papers along with abstracts for more than 1,130 core coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. Also features over 25,000 author profiles.


Online Video:

Art and Architecture Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available
A collection of documentaries and interviews that illustrate the history, theory, and practice of art, design, architecture, and other art forms to enhance understanding of visual media and provide the context necessary for critical analysis. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

The March of Time (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This unique and controversial series of 437 newsreels produced by Time Inc. from 1935-1967 has been restored and made available to meet the needs of researchers, teaching faculty, and students. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

World History in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This collection brings together key documentaries, commercial and governmental newsreels, public affairs and archival footage, and much more to facilitate research and teaching in a comparative, transnational, and thematic way. Users can explore and analyze key events and topics from the earliest civilizations to the most recent events in global history, with a broad geographical and chronological coverage that delivers the sights, sounds, artifacts, and histories from around the world. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

World Languages and Literature in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available
A collection of biographies, documentaries, interviews, and dramatic adaptations covering the leading figures and literary traditions of world literature. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966 (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This collection of almost 3,000 videos captures the full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced from 1929-1966 and provides a unique - and until now largely neglected - resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history. Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.


Online Encyclopedias and Books -- General and Historical Periods:
Ancient & Medieval - Renaissance & Enlightenment - Nineteenth Century - Modern

(For the history of individual countries, see also Culture and Area Studies)

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Encyclopedic reference presenting a connected, holistic view of world history, emphasizing cultural contact and social change over time and place; comparisons across time and place; and extensive coverage of arts, literature, religion, and science. Includes 550 articles written by historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, and other experts from around the world.

Historical Atlas of the Islamic World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Geography is vital for the understanding of Islamic history and its problematic relationship with modernity. The maps in this book illuminate important aspects of the shifting patterns of state and religious authority that prevailed during the vast sweep of Islamic history, from the time of the Prophet to the present, by opening windows into significant areas of the distant and recent past, thereby helping to explain the legacy of conflicts - as well as opportunities - that the past has bequeathed to the present.

The People's Chronology (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each year from prehistory through 2004, it describes the major events that took place in each of the following categories: political events, human rights & social justice, philanthropy, exploration, colonization, commerce, retail trade, energy, transportation, technology, science, medicine, religion, education, communications, media, literature, art, photography, theater, film, music, sports, everyday life, tobacco, crime, architecture & real estate, environment, marine resources, agriculture, food availability, nutrition, consumer protection, food & drink, restaurants, and population.

World History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: World) Contains the full text of 110 journals, 27 reference books, and 1800 primary sources, as well as images, maps, and charts, to provide expansive geographic and chronologic coverage of world history, including ancient Europe, Latin America, the Far East, the Renaissance, and more.


Ancient and Medieval:

Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explores the many peoples of early European civilizations responsible for such accomplishments as the rise of farming in the Neolithic era and the building of Stonehenge. Coverage expands from prehistoric origins through the early Middle Ages when tribal movements helped define the end of ancient culture and the rise of the modern European world.


Renaissance and Enlightenment:

Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
1,150 articles written by eminent scholars explore European history from 1450-1789, including coverage of major topics in art, government, and education, along with specific topics such as guilds, key individuals, food riots, royal mistresses, the Spanish Inquisition, apocalypticism, Utopia, and more.

Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
This set has been prepared especially for nonspecialists, focusing on the Renaissance-era topics that are most studied in art, literature, economics, science, and world history classes. Entries cover a range of topics, such as Florence, Galileo, heraldry, Medici family, opera, piracy, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. Includes a master chronology with topical timelines, a bibliography with age-appropriate further reading sources, and a comprehensive index.


Nineteenth Century:

Europe 1789 to 1914: An Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A survey of European history from the onset of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I. Alphabetically arranged entries cover the period's most significant personalities and meaningful developments in the arts, religion, politics, exploration, and warfare.


Modern:

Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A survey of European history from the beginning of World War I in 1914 to the present, presented through alphabetically arranged entries that focus on the period's scientific, social, and cultural history as well as the political, military, and economic developments.

History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents in-depth information on conflicts appearing in today's headlines. Users are provided with historical background and analysis to events to give a greater understanding of the politics, players, and layers of current affairs.

Keesing's World News Archives: 1931-current (Keesing's) Full text available
Combines the over 95,000 articles from Keesing's Contemporary Archives and Keesing's Record of World Events to provide the full text from 2003 onward (and excerpts of the text from 1931-2002), adding about 150 articles per month. Drawing from a wide range of press and other sources in a variety of languages, it provides an overview of the political news of the world with a commitment to internationalism, accuracy, objectivity, and permanence. Covers, with their historical context, such topics as elections, changes of government, wars, treaties, appointments, diplomacy, terrorism, security issues, legislation, budgets, economic developments, international agreements, actions by the UN & other international organizations, natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.


Online Encyclopedias and Books -- Specific Subjects in History:
Arts & Humanities - Labor & Economics - Primary Sources - Science & Technology - Social Issues - War & Violence


Arts and Humanities:
(See also: Art, Literature, and Music)

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters, and other prominent figures in the field.

Cambridge World History of Food (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the full spectrum of foods that have been hunted, gathered, cultivated, and domesticated from prehistoric times to the present, offering a geographical perspective on the history and culture of food and drink. Includes nutritional makeup, prejudices, fads, taboos, policy issues, toxins, additives, labeling, entitlements, impact on cultures & demography, brief histories of over 1000 plant foods, and much more.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers clothing and different forms of body adornment - including makeup, tattoos, and piercing - examining the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics & technologies, the social meanings of dress, costumes from a wide variety of historical eras, histories of specific garments, techniques & manufacturing, and important persons & institutions. Discusses contexts of class, gender, sumptuary laws, as well as advertising, fashion careers, uniforms; costume design for stage & screen, and more. Includes a timeline.

Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day, examining more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, their uses, and how clothing reflects the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary work that provides diverse, cross-cultural perspectives from thinkers around the globe on the main ideas and movements of human concern, ranging from ideas created by humanity several millennia ago to contemporary concepts, in order to make the often complex history of "what we think" accessible to readers. Its chronological scope permits examination of the timeless questions about the individual and society over centuries of development, focusing not only on the ideas themselves but also on the cultural environments within which those ideas arose, on the transformations and intermingling of the ideas, and on the ideas' influences, far in time or place, from their site of origin. Covers such topics as animism, communication, deconstruction, physics, postmodernism, race theory, sexual harassment, untouchability, and more.

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.


Labor and Economics:
(See also: Economics and Business)

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of such topics as Depression-era politics, government, business, economics, literature, the arts, society, and culture.

Historic Events for Students: The Great Depression (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Each article covers a specific issue or incident related to the Great Depression, with an introduction, issue/incident summary, an exploration of different historical perspectives, excerpts from primary source documents, a bibliography, and a summary of key political, social, & economic influences that combine basic facts and background with global perspectives.

History of World Trade Since 1450 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines the complex interactions between peoples, from the beginning of the European expansion during the Age of Exploration to the present day, as people sought to exchange goods and services for their own benefit throughout all regions of the world. Explores how the hunt for new resources and markets during this period resulted in the establishment of colonies, the expansion of slavery, the rise of capitalism, the Industrial Revolution, and the ending of the very empires that started and initially prospered from the expansion. Covers the people, places, developments, and ideas that were global in their reach and are global in their implications to this day, such as the effects of imperialism on the global economy. Includes a glossary and primary source documents.

International Directory of Company Histories (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Over 100 volumes detail the historical development of over 10,000 of the world's most important companies - those that have achieved a minimum of $25 million in annual sales and are leading influences in their industries or geographical locations - including public, private, nonprofit, and state-owned companies, as well as wholly owned subsidiaries and divisions if they are large enough to meet these requirements for inclusion. Entries generally contain company perspectives, mission, goals, ideals, key dates, milestones in the company's history, subsidiaries, divisions, operating units, competitors, number of employees, sales figures, stock exchanges, NAICS codes, contact information, bibliography, and more. Indexed by company name, industry, and geographic region. (Make sure that the "all volumes in this edition" button is selected to search through all volumes.)

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide: Major Events in Labor History and Their Impact (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides in-depth analysis of more than 300 key events in labor history over the last 200 years, focusing on the relevance of these events to both the labor movement as a whole and to societal changes around the world. Each entry, written and signed by an expert in the field, is three to five pages in length and includes a description of the event, information about the key players involved and discusses the event in historical context.


Primary Sources:
(See also: News and Current Events)

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides multidisciplinary background information on the governments, political issues, and citizen politics in every independent nation of the world (and several non-independent territories), covering both their structure and how they affect citizens in the daily exercise of their rights and responsibilities. Includes historical surveys on different types of political systems; sidebars that explore key people, themes, & events; biographical sketches; a selection of primary documents; the intricacies of international relationships in a global environment; and the roles of international courts & supranational institutions such as the United Nations & the European Union.

Historic Events for Students: The Great Depression (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Each article covers a specific issue or incident related to the Great Depression, with an introduction, issue/incident summary, an exploration of different historical perspectives, excerpts from primary source documents, a bibliography, and a summary of key political, social, & economic influences that combine basic facts and background with global perspectives.

History of World Trade Since 1450 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines the complex interactions between peoples, from the beginning of the European expansion during the Age of Exploration to the present day, as people sought to exchange goods and services for their own benefit throughout all regions of the world. Explores how the hunt for new resources and markets during this period resulted in the establishment of colonies, the expansion of slavery, the rise of capitalism, the Industrial Revolution, and the ending of the very empires that started and initially prospered from the expansion. Covers the people, places, developments, and ideas that were global in their reach and are global in their implications to this day, such as the effects of imperialism on the global economy. Includes a glossary and primary source documents.

Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains approximately 200 international primary source documents, such as speeches, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, essays, magazine & newspaper articles, and much more that focus on the issue of terrorism in the last three centuries. Part of the Social Issues Primary Source Collection.

World History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: World) Contains the full text of 110 journals, 27 reference books, and 1800 primary sources, as well as images, maps, and charts, to provide expansive geographic and chronologic coverage of world history, including ancient Europe, Latin America, the Far East, the Renaissance, and more.


Science and Technology:
(See also: Science and Technology)

Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Interdisciplinary histories and descriptions of the world's major diseases, past and present, from AIDS to yellow fever.

Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
The histories of science, technology, and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science to offer students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life.

Science in Dispute (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol.01, vol.02, vol.03. Explores controversial topics in science and technology by featuring essays - both pro and con - on the major theories, ethical questions and commercial applications of science from all disciplines. 3 volumes.


Social Issues:
(See also: Social Sciences)

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary work that provides diverse, cross-cultural perspectives from thinkers around the globe on the main ideas and movements of human concern, ranging from ideas created by humanity several millennia ago to contemporary concepts, in order to make the often complex history of "what we think" accessible to readers. Its chronological scope permits examination of the timeless questions about the individual and society over centuries of development, focusing not only on the ideas themselves but also on the cultural environments within which those ideas arose, on the transformations and intermingling of the ideas, and on the ideas' influences, far in time or place, from their site of origin. Covers such topics as animism, communication, deconstruction, physics, postmodernism, race theory, sexual harassment, untouchability, and more.


War and Violence:
(See also: Criminal Justice, Government & Politics, and Terrorism & Homeland Security)

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explains the issues behind genocide, crimes against humanity, and human rights abuses both in individual countries and the world at large, tracing the history of events, profiling perpetrators and heroes, and explaining international laws and legal proceedings aimed at ending them. Also covers depictions and manifestations of the phenomenon, such as propaganda, literature, film, and sociological & philosophical explanations.

History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents in-depth information on conflicts appearing in today's headlines. Users are provided with historical background and analysis to events to give a greater understanding of the politics, players, and layers of current affairs.

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.

Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains approximately 200 international primary source documents, such as speeches, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, essays, magazine & newspaper articles, and much more that focus on the issue of terrorism in the last three centuries. Part of the Social Issues Primary Source Collection.


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