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This guide aims to provide assistance in finding and using resources in general and modern history.  If you are seeking information on pre-modern history, there are more specific guides under Early Cultures, Egyptology, Ancient Western Asian Studies, Classics, Medieval Studies, and Renaissance & Early Modern Studies.   There are also other more specific guides to countries and regions:   American history, Latin-American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Africana Studies, South Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, modern Greece, and Eastern Europe.

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  • Historical Abstracts  Icon  Icon
    1954-present; article abstracts and citations of books and dissertations on the history of the world from 1450 to the present. Excludes the U. S. and Canada.
  • America: History and Life  Icon  Icon
    1954-present; article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
  • International Medieval Bibliography Online (IMBO)  Icon  Icon
    Current; IMBO is a comprehensive, current, international bibliography of more than 300,000 articles, review articles, scholarly notes and similar literature on all aspects of medieval studies in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide. IMBO covers publications in over 30 languages, and many disciplines including Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies. To search, scroll down and click on the "Enter Databases" button. Select International Medieval Bibliography from the list.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  Icon
    1859-present; Iter's Journals Database is an electronic bibliography of interdisciplinary journal literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Iter citations include articles; bibliographies; catalogues; abstracts; and discographies. An online version of Paul Oskar Kristeller's Iter Italicum, the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world is now included.
  • FRANCIS  Icon  Icon
    1984-present; through an international perspective, FRANCIS provides citations to interdisciplinary materials for the humanities and social sciences. Topics include: art, psychology, information science, archaeology, ethnology, geography, business management, history of science and technology, history and science of religion, linguistics, literature, philosophy, prehistory and protohistory, sociology, education and more. Citations include journal articles, conference papers, books, reports, and doctoral dissertations.
  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine  Icon  Icon
    1975-present; this database indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine and allied historical fields. The database integrates four bibliographies: the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (Technology and Culture), the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online  
    Current; a reference site for students and educators synthesizing editorially reviewed websites and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  • Oxford Reference  
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    Current; the core collection of Oxford Reference Online brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works published by the Oxford University Press into a single cross-searchable resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the Core Collection. Click here for a list of the publications included.
  • Times (London) Digital Archive  Icon  Icon
    1795-1985; researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
  • APS Online  Icon
    1740-1940; the American Periodicals database indexes periodicals from that time period, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.

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