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History Databases -- United States
(see also History, Biography, Social Sciences, and General)

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Indexes to Journals and Books:

U.S. History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: US) Provides integrated access to over 1,000 historical (primary) documents, more then 30,000 reference articles, and over 65 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

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.

New York Times: 1851-2008 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available
Cover to cover presentation of each issue, including news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth & marriage announcements, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements with full-page and article images in downloadable PDFs. (See Using ProQuest Databases for searching tips)

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:

American History in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This window on American history, society, and culture includes archival footage, important and award-winning documentaries, government and commercially produced newsreels, and public affairs videos that looked at the issues of the day from providers such as PBS, Biography, A&E Network, The History Channel, and others. Historical coverage ranges from the early history of the Native Americans to the Persian Gulf War, with analyses, interviews, and debates from prominent citizens, historians, diplomats, politicians, researchers, newsmakers, and other witnesses to history. Specially developed controlled vocabularies let users browse the collection by year, place, event, person, subject, or historical era. 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.

Black Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
This collection features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews, and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides access to their African American Classics collection and includes films covering history, politics, art, culture, family structure, gender relations, and social and economic pressures. 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.

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.


Online Encyclopedias and Books -- General and Historical Periods: 1700s - 1800s - 1900s

Columbia Companion to American History on Film (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Historical analyses and interpretations of film texts that discuss how the movies have portrayed the American past. Separate sections cover: historical eras - wars & other major events - notable people - groups - institutions & movements - places - themes & topics - and myths & heroes.

Dictionary of American History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the facts, events, trends, and policies of American history - from the well studied and familiar to the obscure - with thorough coverage of political, military, and economic developments as well as the social, cultural, personal, and demographic considerations that propel them with proper attention paid to the roles of women, blacks, Indians, and various ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes. Written by a wide array of authorities, representing varied professions, occupations, and regions. Biographies are not included.

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).

U.S. History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: US) Provides integrated access to over 1,000 historical (primary) documents, more then 30,000 reference articles, and over 65 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index.


1700s:

American Revolution Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Revolutionary War period in easy-to-understand language. Students will find all the information they need for reports and class assignments on the period, including the biographies and primary source materials in this comprehensive set.

Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Outlines the cultural development of the United States, including entries on art, music, literature, dress, and daily life, from the period roughly between 1754-1829, with coverage of such milestones as the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the organization of a new national government, the development of the party system, the Louisiana Purchase, the War or 1812, the acquisition of Florida, the Monroe Doctrine, and more.

French and Indian War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains historical overviews, biographical entries, and primary source material on the French and Indian War. Features include illustrations, maps, graphs, charts, photographs, and a further reading list.


1800s:

American Civil War Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Civil War period and provides students with all the in-depth information they need for reports an class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.

American History Through Literature 1820-1870 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents not merely criticism of authors and titles, but also a historical and cultural view from a wide array of contemporary perspectives to endorse the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

Atlas of the Civil War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Maps and text articles frame the war as both a military conflict and a substantial social force that shaped the United States. Covers the war’s multiple military theaters as well as nonmilitary elements of the struggle, including population, economic development, elections, transportation networks, patterns of enlistment, and more to better illuminate the war's social impact.

Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Outlines the cultural development of the United States, including entries on art, music, literature, dress, and daily life, from the period roughly between 1754-1829, with coverage of such milestones as the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the organization of a new national government, the development of the party system, the Louisiana Purchase, the War or 1812, the acquisition of Florida, the Monroe Doctrine, and more.

Mexican-American War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the period from the U.S. annexation of Texas to the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo (1848), including the battles of the conflict and also the mixed feelings of Americans regarding the war.

War of 1812 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a clear understanding of the issues and motivations that caused the United States to declare war against Great Britain, chronicling the war from its origins after the American Revolution in 1783 to its end in 1814. Includes battles, victories, defeats, patriotism, attitudes, Native Americans, biographies, timeline, glossary, maps, and primary source documents, such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles.


1900s:

Columbia History of Latinos in the United States Since 1960 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a broad overview of the recent history of Latinos in the United States during this era of explosive demographic and cultural change, including religion & religiosity, gender & changing gender systems, politics & political organization, language, expressive culture, and the law. Covers all the major national and regional Latino subpopulations and what these historical trends might mean for the future of both the United States and the other increasingly interconnected nations of the Western Hemisphere.

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.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.

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.

Salem History (Salem Press) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the full text of the reference sets, The Fifties in America, The Sixties in America, The Seventies in America, and The Eighties in America that cover the events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, business, sports, science, technology, economics, politics, and more of each decade in both the United States and Canada. Includes the impact and subsequent events of each topic discussed as well as photographs, maps, graphs, charts, and sidebars.


Online Encyclopedias and Books -- Specific Subjects in History:
Miscellaneous - Economic Conditions & Social Welfare - Government - Groups of People - Literature - Primary Sources - War


Miscellaneous:

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).


Economic Conditions and Social Welfare:
(See also: Economics and Social Sciences)

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

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive coverage of American economic history from the Paleolithic age to the present with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the rise of the United States as an industrial power including era overviews, movements, industry profiles, inventors, unionizers, robber barons, reformers, politicians, manufacturers, successful women, minority leaders, and more, as well as the histories of the Native Americans, Aztec, Maya, and Inca.

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.

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.)


Government:
(See also: Government & Politics and Law)

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Essays by subject experts treat concepts, doctrines, policymaking, commerce, science, human rights, arms control, anti-imperialism, environmental diplomacy, refugee policies, terrorism, countermeasures, and more. Includes a chronology.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Spanning the disciplines of law, political science, and history, this covers doctrinal concepts of constitutional law, judicial decisions, public acts, statutes, treaties, executive orders, and historical periods. Includes chronologies and a glossary of legal terms.

Major Acts of Congress (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
An illustrated encyclopedia of congressional acts from the earliest days of the American republic up through recent years. Broadly applicable to students as well as general readers, this reference work is suitable for high school and college students, public library patrons, and professionals seeking comprehensive information on the legal statutes that affect all of us.

Presidents: A Reference History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Discusses the biography, activities, and policies of each president, as well as the historical perspective that reviews each individual presidency as part of the larger stream of American history, with all of its drama and pageantry. Includes the history of the presidency, the White House, and the role of the first ladies.


Groups of People:
(See also: Ethnic Studies & Multiculturalism and Women & Gender)

African American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
This chronology presents the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes overview essays, primary sources, sidebars spotlighting specific people and topics, and over 200 images that chronicle the story of African Americans' struggles, triumphs, complexity, and exuberance.

Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the history, culture, people, places, events, and chronology of the Plains Indian peoples.

Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the histories, cultures, people, places, events, and contemporary issues facing the region's Native peoples. It includes bibliographies of the most important sources and contact information for Native communities and organizations.

Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides an overview of the history, culture, people, places, and events - including the Oklahoma experience of the Five Tribes removed from the Southeast - as well as the complex relationships of Native people with the colonial powers and the development of federal Indian policy.

Columbia History of Latinos in the United States Since 1960 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a broad overview of the recent history of Latinos in the United States during this era of explosive demographic and cultural change, including religion & religiosity, gender & changing gender systems, politics & political organization, language, expressive culture, and the law. Covers all the major national and regional Latino subpopulations and what these historical trends might mean for the future of both the United States and the other increasingly interconnected nations of the Western Hemisphere.

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.


Literature:
(See also: Literature)

American History Through Literature 1820-1870 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents not merely criticism of authors and titles, but also a historical and cultural view from a wide array of contemporary perspectives to endorse the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

Columbia Companion to American History on Film (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Historical analyses and interpretations of film texts that discuss how the movies have portrayed the American past. Separate sections cover: historical eras - wars & other major events - notable people - groups - institutions & movements - places - themes & topics - and myths & heroes.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.


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

African American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
This chronology presents the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes overview essays, primary sources, sidebars spotlighting specific people and topics, and over 200 images that chronicle the story of African Americans' struggles, triumphs, complexity, and exuberance.

American Civil War Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Civil War period and provides students with all the in-depth information they need for reports an class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.

American Revolution Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Revolutionary War period in easy-to-understand language. Students will find all the information they need for reports and class assignments on the period, including the biographies and primary source materials in this comprehensive set.

French and Indian War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains historical overviews, biographical entries, and primary source material on the French and Indian War. Features include illustrations, maps, graphs, charts, photographs, and a further reading list.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.

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.

New York Times: 1851-2008 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available
Cover to cover presentation of each issue, including news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth & marriage announcements, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements with full-page and article images in downloadable PDFs. (See Using ProQuest Databases for searching tips)

U.S. History in Context (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(Formerly History Resource Center: US) Provides integrated access to over 1,000 historical (primary) documents, more then 30,000 reference articles, and over 65 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

War of 1812 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a clear understanding of the issues and motivations that caused the United States to declare war against Great Britain, chronicling the war from its origins after the American Revolution in 1783 to its end in 1814. Includes battles, victories, defeats, patriotism, attitudes, Native Americans, biographies, timeline, glossary, maps, and primary source documents, such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles.


War:
(See also: Government & Politics and Terrorism & Homeland Security)

American Civil War Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Civil War period and provides students with all the in-depth information they need for reports an class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.

American Revolution Reference Library (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the events and people of the Revolutionary War period in easy-to-understand language. Students will find all the information they need for reports and class assignments on the period, including the biographies and primary source materials in this comprehensive set.

Americans at War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explains how mobilization for war and how wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life by placing major American conflicts - from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism - in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the homefront, covering the fields of history, literature, arts, sociology, law, political science, and psychology. Articles include biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory, national identity, civic celebrations, monumental art, literature, veterans, science and technology, humor, music, and the roles of women & minorities.

Atlas of the Civil War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Maps and text articles frame the war as both a military conflict and a substantial social force that shaped the United States. Covers the war’s multiple military theaters as well as nonmilitary elements of the struggle, including population, economic development, elections, transportation networks, patterns of enlistment, and more to better illuminate the war's social impact.

Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the origin, development, and results of all major national security policies over the last seven decades. A thoroughly interdisciplinary work, the encyclopedia views national security from a historical, economic, political, and technological perspective.

Encyclopedia of War and American Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

French and Indian War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains historical overviews, biographical entries, and primary source material on the French and Indian War. Features include illustrations, maps, graphs, charts, photographs, and a further reading list.

Mexican-American War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the period from the U.S. annexation of Texas to the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo (1848), including the battles of the conflict and also the mixed feelings of Americans regarding the war.

War of 1812 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a clear understanding of the issues and motivations that caused the United States to declare war against Great Britain, chronicling the war from its origins after the American Revolution in 1783 to its end in 1814. Includes battles, victories, defeats, patriotism, attitudes, Native Americans, biographies, timeline, glossary, maps, and primary source documents, such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles.


Also of Interest:

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


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