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This is a selected list of databases, dictionaries and reference works for History research. For further assistance in finding information on your topic or for help with a specific database, contact Mike McIntosh, Liaison Librarian for History at 778-782-5043 or

Top Resources

  1. Canadian & United States history
  2. History of the world outside of Canada & the United States.
  3. This bibliography is an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day.
  4. Web-based access to the volumes in the Cambridge Histories series.
  5. Searchable, archival collection of core academic articles, books, and primary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
  6. Encyclopedic articles in English and French on events, people, places and things related to Canada. Features interactive collections, exhibits, timelines and pedagogic content for teachers such as quizzes and study guides. This encyclopedia is published by the non-profit Historica Canada, renowned for their television Heritage Minutes.
  7. Original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources on the American and Canadian West.
  8. The more than 1,000 periodicals in these three former microfilm collections provide the materials necessary to study trends in the United States from 1741 to 1900.
  9. Index for all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life.
  10. Over 450,000 pages of primary-source material from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
  11. More than 1,200 works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.
  12. Fulltext collection of documents from Evans' American Bibliography. 17th & 18th century America.
  13. Digital library of more than 125,000 individual titles published in English from 1475-1700. Includes many subject areas.
  14. Significant English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Can search both Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online simultaneously.
  15. Rare printed journals, periodicals and newspapers of the eighteenth century.
  16. Full coverage of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago.
  17. Full page and article images of the Globe and Mail, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
  18. Standard source for quantitative indicators of American history with over 37,000 data series.
  19. Index to Medieval and Renaissance journals and books.
  20. Images from 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850.
  21. Empire Online is a collection of over 70,000 images of original manuscripts and printed material, 1492-1969, taken from libraries and archives around the world, including Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania, and South Asia.
  22. Scholarly presentation of persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities.
  23. National and regional newspapers of 18th and 19th century Britain.
  24. Index to 19th Century periodicals, books, newspapers and government documents.
  25. Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) provides an exhaustive bibliography of over 1.2 million records for the 19th-century holdings of eight of the world's top research libraries.
  26. Newspapers from 1800-1900 from Britain.
  27. 1.7 million pages of newspaper information from U.S. newspapers from the 19th Century
  28. Oral History Online provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 collections of Oral History in English from around the world.
  29. Formerly known as the Dictionary of National Biography.
    An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000.
  30. An online resource for the study of Early Modern Britain and Europe. It reproduces original historical manuscripts in facsimile, linking each manuscript to its corresponding fully-searchable Calendar entry.
  31. Full-text and full-image articles from the Times of London for the years 1785-2011
  32. Contains the texts of over 158,000 records of bilateral and multilateral treaties and subsequent treaty actions

Other Resources

  1. 17th and 18th Century newspapers form the collection of Reverend Charles Burney.
  2. Oral testimonies honouring the refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
  3. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  4. Digital access to the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1865.
  5. Bibliographic index of topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues.
  6. A collection of 1,500 photographs depicting the contributions of immigrants and First Nations people to B.C.
  7. A collection of 20 different versions of the English Bible.
  8. The Bill Reid Centre Collection is a collection of images that records the arts and architecture of the various First Nations of the Pacific Northwest.
  9. Monographs, speeches, essays, and interviews written by leaders from the black community.
  10. The immediate experiences of Britsh and Irish women, as revealed in diaries and letters.
  11. Search and view B.C. community newspapers published from 1865 to 1924.
  12. An electronic archive of hundreds of digitised journals forming a record of more than two centuries of British culture.
  13. Canadian government publications.
  14. A perspective on the 19th century like no other, through the words ofThomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. Browse over 10,000 of their collectedletters by date, by recipient, by subject, and by volume.
  15. Traditional and digital resources for research and teaching available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.
  16. A collection of records dating from 1867 to 1956 that focus on the activities of the Chinese Freemasons of Canada, particularly in Victoria and Vancouver.
  17. Chinese Language journals in the Chinese language. Series F covers Literature, History and Philosophy; Series G covers Politics, Military Affairs and Law.
  18. Manuscript material relating to activities and observations of individuals from the UK and US in China from 1793 to 1980.
  19. The Confidential Print series, issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since c. 1820.
  20. Important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices.
  21. Topics include childbirth, midwifery, domestic service, food, family, marriage, femininity, gaming, homosexuality, masculinity, prostitution, inequality, Islam, religion, playbills, theater, prejudice, politics, race, sports, and work.
  22. Published in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy, the Dictionary of Irish Biography is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work available both in print and online for Ireland.
  23. The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language, using twenty-first century technology.
  24. An online database consisting of at least one copy of every Old English text. The DOE Web Corpus represents about four million words of Old English and another million words of Latin.
  25. The Digital National Security Archive contains a comprehensive set of declassified government documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945.
  26. Prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, and photographs documenting the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534-1850.
  27. More than 200 full text works which provide a representative view of prose fiction by writers from the British Isles from the period 1500-1700.
  28. Complete archive of the The Economist from 1843 with a 4 year embargo on current content.
  29. An online resource which links correspondence among writers from the early modern period.
  30. Complete archive of the The Financial Times from 1888 to 2010.
  31. Has not been updated since Aug 2004, but it is useful as an index to journals of Canadian native content for previous years.
  32. Translated foreign broadcasts and news
  33. The complete British Foreign Office Files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1949-1980.
  34. This online collection brings together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world and the geographical spread of material allows scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region.
  35. Cross search Gale newspaper archives, covering over 400 years of content, using a single interface.
  36. A collection of documents and images focusing on German settlement in Canada, particularly in the province of Alberta.
  37. Full-text of the Globe and Mail from 1844 to current (3 year embargo)
  38. Photographs from Harrison Brown, a freelance journalist who wrote for several newspapers between the World Wars.
  39. All of the papers issued by the British House of Commons between 1801-1900 in all formats. More than 184,000 searchable full text documents. HCPP currently contains indexing for 1801-2004, full text for the entire 19th century, full text for 1901-1978 and indexing and full text for 2004-2006. The remainder of the 20th century content (1979-2004) will be completed by Spring 2007
  40. The full facsimile run of the world’s most iconic illustrated newspaper
  41. A set of digitized newspapers, journals, and magazines originally published by the alternative press during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
    The full collection is available to funding libraries during the funding/digitization campaign (through December 2018), Simon Fraser University is a funding library. The collection will become open access in January 2019.

    A limited number of publications are open access for public viewing now.

  42. The international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. It provides access to research published since 1906 in the field of Islamic Studies.
  43. Access to International Historical Statistics covering 1750-2010.
  44. Multidisciplinary Bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500)
  45. Covers political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide.
  46. The Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse is a repository of over 60 Ipsos Canada surveys that shed light on Canadian culture, politics, and society.
  47. Includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Also includes biographical and critical essays contributed by the foremost scholars in the field.
  48. The John Johnson Collection is the product of a unique partnership between the Bodleian Library and ProQuest to conserve, catalogue and digitise more than 65,000 items drawn from the Bodleian's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
  49. A unique archive relating to the history of printing, publishing and bookselling dating from 1554 to the 20th century.
  50. Online access to original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features. Mass Observation was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge. Their aim was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves', and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain.
  51. An extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and in fantasy.
  52. Papers of Edward Sylvester Morse documenting life in 19th century Japan before it was transformed by Western modernization.
  53. Online access to unique primary source diaries, correspondence, photographs, oral histories and journals narrate the vivid realities of ocean travel and life in adopted homelands. Organisational correspondence, government proceedings, shipping company papers and records of advocacy groups provide key context to migrants’ everyday struggles.
  54. Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.

    Authorized Users may access the Website and the Content outside of the premises of Subscriber’s educational institution solely for bona fide educational and research purposes, including presentations by student teachers conducted as part of a practicum.

  55. Primary source. Twelve collections, such as: Asia an the West; Europe and Africa; Women Digital Archive; Children Literature and Childhood.
  56. Full-text of over 100,000 pages of personal narratives by immigrants to North America, between 1840 and the present.
  57. 100,000+ pages of full text and images dating from 17th century to present day, providing biographies of Native North Americans.
  58. Full-text of letters and diaries written by North American women from Colonial times to 1950.
  59. A collection of hundreds of Canadian local histories about places, ethnic groups, cultural phenomena, and organizations.
  60. identifies the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Online index to bibliographies in Cinema, Classics, Communication, Criminology, Ecology,Linguistics, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Political science, Public Health, Renaissance & Reformation, Victorian Literature, etc. with a bibliographical essay on sources.
  61. Reference entries, book chapters, Qur'anic materials, Concordance of the Qur'an, primary sources, maps, images, and timelines on Islamic Studies.
  62. Online version of more than 200 language and subject dictionaries and reference works.
  63. The electronic version of Migne's Patrologia Graeca, which contains more than 160 volumes of Greek material (with Latin translations) relevant to the study of the history of the Christian Church before 1439.
  64. An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.
  65. Online access to the People's Daily, China's most authoritative newspaper. Coverage spans May 1946-present.
  66. Collection of manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the 16th and 17th centuries.
  67. Access to substantial collections of original archival material – manuscript, typescript and ephemera – from key libraries in Britain and America covering music, politics, fashion and youth culture from 1950 to 1975 in Britain and America.
  68. Humanities and social science ebooks and journals.
  69. This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.
  70. A searchable database of select Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) records.
  71. Original manuscript and rare printed material on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition.
  72. Multidisciplinary social sciences index which allows citation searching.
  73. Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
  74. Digital library of most literary texts written in Greek from Homer (8th century B.C.) to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453.
  75. A collection of print material published in Canada between 1900 and 1950, which focuses on Ukrainian immigration to Canada.
  76. An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  77. A collection of oral history interviews that discuss the migration of the Vietnamese "Boat People" to Canada and their adaption to Canadian society.
  78. Books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies that document the different facets of women’s activism in public life.
  79. Documents and interpretive essays on women's involvement in World War I, primarily in Britain.
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