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History Research  

Guide to finding history materials, both a Snell Library and on the web
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2015 URL: http://subjectguides.lib.neu.edu/history Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Announcement: Center for Research Libraries

Northeastern University Libraries have become a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), vastly increasing access to important resources for research in all aspects of history.

For more information about CRL, please visit the CRL subject guide.


Featured new History Resources

Atlanta Daily World 1931-2003 African American Newspaper

Baltimore Afro-American 1893-1988 African American Newspaper

Chicago Defender 1910-1975 African American Newspaper

Digital National Security Archive   A comprehensive set of declassified government documents covering critical US policy decisions from 1945 to the present.

Immigration Records of the INS 1880-1930 (History Vault)

International Historical Statistics.  260 years of rich data from around the world.

Los Angeles Sentinel 1934-2005 African American Newspaper

NAACP Papers 1909-1972 (History Vault)

Women's Rights Collections 1880-1990 (History Vault) 




Key Resources in this Guide

Articles from journals.  Search the JSTOR database, which is the most comprehensive of our resources for articles covering all aspects of history.

Books at Northeastern University Libraries.  Search in Scholar One Search, limiting your search to "Library Catalog."

Encyclopedia articles.  Search Cambridge Histories Online for scholarly articles.

Historical Newspaper articles.  Choose the region of the world you are searching from the tabs above.

Primary source materials.  Choose the region of the world you are searching from the tabs above.


Databases for finding articles

American Periodical Series Online 1740-1940  Over 1,000 magazines, and newspapers published between 1740-1940. 

JSTOR  Full text of 100s of journals in most disciplines, including history.  In some cases, current 3 years of articles not included.

Project Muse  Many full text, academic journals, including in history.  Coverage from 1994 to date.

Web of Science.  This database covers all disciplines, not just science.  Useful for citation tracking or citation analysis. 


Finding books in Snell Library

For books, print and electronic, owned by Northeastern University Libraries, search Scholar OneSearch by author, title, or keyword.  Or, browse the print collection on the 3rd floor by call number. 

               General History                 D1-D1075

               European History               DA1-DR2285

               Middle East &  South Asia   DS1-DS495

               East Asian History              DS501-DS937

               African History                   DT1-DT671

               US History                        E1-F975

               Canadian History               F1001-F1140

               Latin American History        F1201-F3799

3rd floor reference books include specialized history encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographical listings.

For finding and requesting books unavailable at Snell Library, please check WorldCat Local.

Note: See the tab above for finding history books on the web.


Featured Reference Resource

Cambridge Histories Online is a major online reference and research collection, covering all geographic areas and all time periods. The articles are scholarly, with excellent bibliographic listings at the end of the individual articles. 

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Award Winning History Books

Bancroft Prize 2015

National Book Award 2014

Pulitzer Prize 2015


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