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StarBest Bet Databases in History

Academic Search Premier Star
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
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Historical Abstracts Full Text Star
Journal articles, many in full text, and citations to books and dissertations on world history from 1450, published 1954-present.
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America: History and Life Full Text Star
Journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews, many in full text, relating to United States and Canadian history and prehistory, 1954-present.
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Additional Databases in History

AllAfrica.com
News stories from a full range of local newspapers from all over the African continent, 1997-present.
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Ancestry Library
On-campus use only.
Census forms and other genealogical tools.
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Annee Philologique
Citations to journal articles and books in the field of Classics. Search for ancient authors using the Latin form of the name. 1949-present.
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CQ Almanac
Activities of the US Congress and policy implications thereof, by date or topic, 1945-present.
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Digital National Security Archive
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Declassified documents of the NSA and predecessor agencies, 1882-present.
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Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Every significant book or pamphlet printed in the UK, and English-language titles printed in America, between 1701 and 1800.
Also known as: ECCO
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Encyclopaedia of Islam
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Europa World Year Book
A very useful encyclopedia and directory of the world's countries. Substantive coverage of government, demographics, history, and much more. Current.
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European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
Comprehensive bibliography of books, pamphlets and other records written in European countries on the Americas. A companion to Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.
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Films On Demand
Streaming collection of educational videos and historical newsreels . To create playlists and link to course pages, see FAQ.
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Five Colleges Archives and Manuscript Collections
Finding aids for archives and manuscripts at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through World History
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Guide to U.S. Elections, 6th Edition
Historical coverage of federal and gubernatorial elections in the United States.
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HathiTrust
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Academic library partnership providing searching and downloading of public-domain books and specialized services for text mining projects.
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Historic Northampton
Best resource for local history. Online Research section includes images of Hampshire Gazette 1786-96, and of historic maps, portraits, clothing, and houses.
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Historical Washington Post
Paper of record of the nation's capital, 1877-1995.
Also known as: Washington Post
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Humanities International Complete
Journal articles in archaeology, classics, cultural studies, arts, philosophy, history, linguistics, and literature, plus literary magazines, 1975-present.
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International Medieval Bibliography
Citations to journal articles, books and book chapters in all European languages, on medieval studies. Citations 1967-present on the historical period 400-1500.
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International Political Science Abstracts
Citations to articles from international political science periodicals, 1951-present.
Also known as: IPSA
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JSTOR
Core scholarly journals from a range of disciplines, dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before present.
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Latin American Newspapers
Thirty five searchable newspapers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere, 1805-1922.
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LexisNexis Academic
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Massive database of US and international newspapers; case and statutory law and law reviews; business periodicals, 1980-present.
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Library of Latin Texts
Digital version of the majority of extant Latin texts, searchable by author, word(s) in text, period, and more. Before 200 B.C.E.–1965.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A growing collection of primary sources and literature, mainly British so far.
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
United Kingdom's national biographical dictionary, containing 50,000 biographies from earliest times to the present.
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Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
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ProQuest Historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)
Database trial ends May 2, 2014. Please give us your feedback. (UMass NetID login required for UMass Apps.) Cost=$47,000
ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the eighteenth century.
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Combined search of historic Afro-American and ethnic and alternative newspapers, and historical Boston Globe, New York Times, and Washington Post.
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)
Database trial ends May 2, 2014. Please give us your feedback. (UMass NetID login required for UMass Apps.)
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
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ProQuest Historical South China Morning Post (1903-1995)
Database trial ends May 2, 2014. Please give us your feedback. (UMass NetID login required for UMass Apps.) Cost=$42,000
ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the eighteenth century.
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Proquest Statistical Insight
References to statistical reports from federal, state and local governments, private organizations, and intergovernmental agencies, 1973-present.
Also known as: LexisNexis Statistical Insight
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Public Documents Masterfile
Database trial ends May 02, 2014. Please give us your feedback. (UMass NetID login required for UMass Apps.) Annual=$3,995, one-time=$32,000
Public Documents Masterfile makes quality primary research easier. It enables a single search for indexes and records for over 200 years of U.S. Federal government information.
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Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature
Indexes over 300 mostly scholarly periodicals from 29 African countries, 1991-present.
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Sage Journals
More than 645 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine, 1999-present.
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ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst
A repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the UMass Amherst community. Call Marilyn Billings at 545-6891 for information.
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Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers
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English newspapers, broadsides and pamphlets 1620's-1790's, all topics, in searchable full text.
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Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive
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Fifty thousand video testimonies in 32 languages, from 56 countries, on the Holocaust.
Also known as: Visual History Archive
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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A comprehensive online encyclopedia of philosophy by leading scholars. Current.
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United Nations Treaty Collection
Contains the texts of over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreement, in their original languages and French and English, 1920’s-present.
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