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America: History & Life with Full Text (EBSCOhost)
This database covers literature spanning the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present, and contains selective indexing for a substantial number of journals.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCOhost)
This database covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 forward, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and much more.
This database provides an archive of full text scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences, with coverage beginning from the first issue of each title. JSTOR search results now include book chapters.
Project Muse (Johns Hopkins University)
This database provides full text of scholarly articles in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Adam Matthew Digital Collection (Click here for links to different AMD collections)
This collection of databases includes historical primary source material: manuscripts, rare documents, maps, photographs, drawings, paintings, letters, diaries, notebooks, and more.

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for over 9000 journals, including many which are peer-reviewed.
American History in Video (Alexander Street Press)
This database provides the largest collection of video available online for the study of American history.
Archives Canada (Canadian Archival Information Network)
This database describes, indexes and provides links to the holdings of hundreds of Canadian archival institutions (each with holdings such as documentary records, maps, photographs, sound recordings, videos and more).
Blackwell Reference Online (Wiley Blackwell)
This reference database includes dictionaries, handbooks and companions in the social sciences and humanities.
British Colonist, 1858-1910 (University of Victoria)
This website contains all the issues of the British Colonist (also called The Daily British Colonist, the Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858 to June of 1910; every page is searchable.
British Columbia Historical Newspapers (UBC Library)
This database features digitized versions of 24 historical newspapers from around British Columbia.
Cambridge Journals Online (Cambridge University Press)
This database provides full text access to Cambridge University Press journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; with an international focus.
Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) (ProQuest)
Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) covers current events, business, science, the arts, education, and social sciences as produced in Canada.
Chilliwack Progress
This database provides the digitized version of The Chilliwack Progress newspaper from 1891 to 2007.
China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database provides unique manuscript material relating to the activities and observations of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists in China, 1793-1980.
Defining Gender, 1450-1910 (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database contains a wide range of primary sources related to gender, 1450-1910, arranged into 5 themes: conduct and politeness; domesticity and the family; consumption and leisure; education and sensibility; and the body.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) (ProQuest)
This collection includes virtually every book published in English between 1473 - 1700, in a digitial facsimile edition. Text versions of Phase I documents are now publicly available through the Text Creation Partnership.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (Gale)
This database contains fascimile editions of over 136,000 books, plays, essays, broadsides and more published in the 18th century. Text versions of the works are available through the Text Creation Partnership.
Eighteenth Century Journals I & II (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database provides full text access to rare journals and newspapers printed between 1685 and 1815.
Empire Online (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database of primary source documents covers Colonial history, politics, culture and society, arranged into 5 themes: cultural contact, 1492-1969; literature and empire (poetry, prose, drama); the visible empire (photographs, illustrations); religion and empire; and race, class, imperialism and colonialism, c1607-2007.
English Historical Documents Online (Taylor & Francis)
This database provides primary source documents on British history, including political, social, economic, religious and cultural history.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Cengage Learning)
This resource provides access to entries from academic encyclopedias covering business, environment, history, law, medicine, religion, science, and social science. An online dictionary is included.
Globe & Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844 (ProQuest)
This database provides the ease of searching the Proquest interface along with the option to view the complete page image content from the Globe & Mail newspaper (including advertisements, obituaries, etc.) from 1844 through 2011.
Google News Archive (Google)
This open access database provides archived full text articles of newspapers from around the world.
The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents.
Historical Statistics of the United States (Cambridge University Press)
This resource provides access to historical statistical data about the United States, covering population, work and welfare, economics, governance and international relations, migration, health and crime, plus information placing each in its historical context.
Humanities Source (EBSCOhost)
This database provides indexing and full text of scholarly sources in the Humanities, including history, philosophy, literature, art and religion.
Internet Archive
This website archives websites, films, music, texts, and audiofiles from the Internet or other digital sources. An excellent resource for primary sources.
Mass Observation (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database provides empirical data (day surveys), personal writings (diaries) and government publications from Britain, 1937-1957 (with emphasis on wartime): coverage includes social history, popular culture, everyday life, politics, sociology, anthropology and gender studies.
Medieval Travel Writing (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database provides access to medieval manuscripts from 13th-16th centuries (some in colour), detailing accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China and including translations, supporting materials, and interactive maps.
New York Times (The New York Times)
This resource provides full text articles from The New York Times for the past 7 days as well as those published after 1987, together with those articles in the Public Domain from 1851-1922.
Oxford Reference Online Premium (Oxford University Press)
The reference database includes numerous of companions to the history of many countries, and ages.
Peel's Prairie Free Newspapers (University of Alberta)
This database features digitized versions of historical newspapers from the Prairies.
Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest)
This database provides digitized, full-image articles from international, scholarly literature covering the humanities and social science disciplines; approximately 20% are in non-English languages.
Points to the Past (Gale Cengage)
This resource provides access to nearly 200 million pages of searchable primary source materials, including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems. It is freely available to residents living in British Columbia.
ScienceDirect (ScienceDirect)
Coverage focuses on science, technology and medicine, with some coverage of social sciences and humanities. UFV subscribes to journal content only, not books and reference works.
ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016.
SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection (Simon Fraser University Library)
This cartoon collection contains digitized images of over 7,000 original drawings published in Canadian newspapers between 1952 and the present.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 (Adam Matthew Digital Collection)
This database provides coverage of trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition topics; content includes original manuscripts, other rare printed materials and contextual essays. The focus is on the African Coast, the Middle Passage, slavery and agriculture, the abolition movement, the Underground Railway and slavery today.
South Asian Migration: 1906-1915 The Province (Vancouver, BC) articles (Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies)
This databases provides digitized newspaper articles and their transcription related to South Asian Migration, 1906-1915, in The Province.
Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 (Infotrac (Gale))
This digitized version of The Times (of London) includes every page of the newspaper, including articles, editorials, advertisements, birth and death announcements, photos and illustrations.
Woman's Own Index (University of the Fraser Valley)
This database provides an online index to the writings on women’s issues appearing in nineteenth-century British periodicals between 1806 and 1901.