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Essential resources for historical research



In this guide you will find resources for the following:

  • Background information: print and digital encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and biography
  • Search tips for finding books with OneSearch
  • A list of the indexes and bibliographies for historical research articles
  • An exhaustive list of our digital primary source databases, sorted by region and topic
  • A list of databases that contain historical newspapers and magazines
  • Databases that include historical multimedia content

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The purpose of this guide is for students of history to find the resources they need to pursue historical research.


spotlightThis library guide is part of our “spotlight on the disciplines” literacy tier. In this tier you will be introduced to advanced academic research skills. These skills are developed by working with research librarians in upper-level courses specific to their discipline. The spotlight represents the in-depth instruction, library guides, advanced search strategies, and research consultations provided by the research & engagement librarians.

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