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Reference Works (for Background Information)
An online collection of reference books including dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, biographies, statistics, quotations, and audio and image files from many different publishers.
A searchable collection of E-book reference titles that includes encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, dictionaries, directories, and specialized reference sources.
Primary Sources: Historical Newspapers and Magazines
New York Times, Historical Archive
Provides access to full text and full image articles from the New York Times, including every page, every article and every issue from 1851 to five years ago.
Times (London) Digital Archive
An online full-text archive of the Times of London, including all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos from 1785 through five years ago.
Life Magazine Archive
A cover-to cover archive of Life magazine, from its first issue in November, 1936 through December, 2000.
National Geographic Magazine Digital Archive, 1888-2015
A searchable full-text and image archive of National Geographic Magazine,allowing readers to explore the articles, photos and maps from over a century of the magazine's issues.
Books (for more in-depth information)
Search for books and ebooks using the library's OneSearch search tool:
Or, search for ebooks in Ebook Central, the library's biggest ebook collection:
Online Primary Sources: World History
British History Online
This digital library spans the medieval and modern eras of Great Britain. Included are early journals from the House of Commons and House of Lords, county histories, state papers, diaries, and papal documents.
Links to online collections of digitized primary source documents, organized by Western European country.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Primary source texts arranged by country, period and topic for easy browsing. Use the left-side menu to find collections on subjects like "American Independence" and "US Power".
League of Nations Documents
A collection of digitized documents from the League of Nations (1919-46). The focus is on country-level statistics and documents related to disarmament.
The Cabinet Papers
Created by the National Archives in the U.K., this website houses digitized versions of memoranda and other documents produced by the British Cabinet.
World War I Document Archive
An online repository of primary-source documents from the Great War. It includes treaties, letters, memoranda, diaries, books, and commentaries.
World War II Resource
Primary source materials, including the Pearl Harbor attack hearings, speeches by Roosevelt, and diplomatic documents from Britain and France.
This digital collection of resources about the Holocaust includes a photo archive, a Holocaust Resource Center of primary source materials, and video testimonies from survivors.
Citation Guide: The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Chicago Manual of Style Online
A searchable online edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The manual covers a variety of topics from manuscript preparation and publication to grammar, usage, documentation and citation guidelines.
More information and resources can be found at the library's History Research Guide.
Please feel free to stop by the information desk for help with your research! Or, you can also make an appointment with our history librarian, Jeff Waller.