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Click on the links listed below to access databases and texts. Some databases listed below provide the full texts of cited articles. To find which databases contain the full texts of articles from particular journals (with inclusive dates), consult the A to Z List of Grasselli Library journal subscriptions on this page. For information about accessing Databases from Off Campus, click here.

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America: History & Life (1964 - Current)
Bibliographic citations and abstracts covering the historical literature of the United States and Canada. For world history see Historical Abstracts.

American Periodicals Series Online (1740 - 1900)
Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically important periodicals.

British Periodicals: Collection I (1681 - 1920)
Contains more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473 - 1700)
Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

Historical Abstracts
Indexes and abstracts scholarly literature on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present. For U.S. and Canada see America: History and Life.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
A bibliography of over 225,000 journal articles and reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 to 1700).

JSTOR's collections provide electronic access to back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences with a moving wall of three to five years. Authorized John Carroll users have access to all JSTOR content.

Oxford Reference, History
Reference books on History. Includes or has links to full text.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Has information on 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century. Users can search for particular voyages in this database of documented slaving expeditions and create listings, tables, charts, and maps using information from the database. Slaves on documented voyages represent four-fifths of the number who were actually transported. Use the interactive estimates page to analyze the full volume and multiple routes of the slave trade. Explore the African names database which identifies over 67,000 slaves by name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.

World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean
Contains a rich collection of primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean; academic journals and news feeds covering the region; reference articles and commentary; maps and statistics; audio and video; and more.

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. Features PDF content going back as far as 1887, but the bulk of the sources are from the 1970s going forward. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Accessible Archives (1830 - 1898)
Accessible Archives is a collection of databases providing vast quantities of archived historical materials found in leading historic periodicals and books. The information includes eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records.

ACLS Humanities E-Book
Containing the full text of over 1500 titles, the History e-book project has expanded to include most humanities disciplines and area studies.

African American Newspapers
Text of Freedom's Journal,1827-1829: Colored American, 1837-1841: North Star, 1847-1851: National Era, 1847-1860: Provincial Freeman, 1854-1857: Frederick Douglass Paper, 1851-1863: Christian Recorder, 1861-1902.

American National Biography
A biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. It offers sophisticated search capabilities, detailed articles, internal cross-references, up-to-date bibliographies, thousands of photographs and illustrations, and links to external web resources. Also included are over 900 articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History.

Ancestry Library Edition
Distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. ON CAMPUS ACCESS ONLY.
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Annals of American History Online
Provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action through original source documents, photos and multimedia. The 2100 entries include speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials and more from such important figures in American life as Madeleine Albright, Henry Ford, John Hancock, Malcolm X, and Edgar Allan Poe. Also includes photos and multimedia (examples are the first inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy discussing Soviet missiles in Cuba.)

Arts and Humanities Citation Index --see Web of Science.
To search only the Arts and Humanities Citation Index subset, enter your search terms and then DE-SELECT the other subsets (Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index).

Background Notes (State Department)
Publications from the U.S. Dept. of State that include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty, updated rotationally.

Biography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Bank provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) (1991 - Current)
A full-text online database for political science, international affairs, foreign policy, area studies, international relations, war and peace studies and diplomatic history containing working papers, journals, books, policy briefs, case studies, and course packs. Also includes an atlas from the Economist Intelligence Unit, featuring maps and country data, including political and economic reports.

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, (1860 - 1865)
Contains text of three Civil War newspapers: The Charleston Mercury, The New York Herald, and the Richmond Enquirer.

Credo Reference
An online reference service, providing quality reference content from many publishers. Image searching available.

Electronic Journal Center (EJC) (OhioLINK)
Full text of 4300+ research journals.

Godey's Lady's Book, 1830-1898 (1830 - 1898)
In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues of Godey's Lady's Book included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health & hygiene, recipes & remedies, etc. Each issue also contained two pages of sheet music, written essentially for the piano forte. Gradually the periodical matured into an important literary magazine and contained extensive book reviews and works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many other celebrated 19th century authors who regularly furnished the magazine with essays, poetry and short stories.

HarpWeek (1857 - 1871)
Civil War and Reconstruction era text and images from Harper's Weekly, a weekly newspaper of politics and literature.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative facts on American history. Allows users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Citations to journal articles, books, reviews, and other materials related to the history of science and technology and to the history of medicine.

Liberator, 1831-1865 (1831 - 1865)
The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Digital Images
Abolitionist broadsheets, and letters from Presidents Lincoln and Jefferson. From the Gilder Lehrman Collection; contributed by the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1800 (1728 - 1800)
Full text of the newspaper considered The New York Times of the Eighteenth Century.

Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue
This database is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from the Village Record, published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Included, however, is information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, etc.

Pennsylvania Newspaper Record
Documents the industrialization of predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century through articles, advertisements, and vital statistics from several area newspapers, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Salem History
Reference books from Salem Press include the following series: Milestone Documents, The Decades, Great Lives from History, and Great Events from History. Also available are stand-alone historical reference sets, including American Immigration and Weapons & Warfare.

Sanborn Digital Maps
Large-scale street plans of Ohio communities, produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867-1970.

Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR)
Sharpe Online Reference features core reference titles in U.S. history and culture and global history and culture.

Social Sciences Citation Index --see Web of Science.
To search only the Social Sciences Citation Index subset, enter your search terms and then DE-SELECT the other subsets (Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded).

Web of Science (1980 - Current)
Indexes 1,700 journals over 50 disciplines and covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals. Contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts for approximately 60% of the articles in the database. Partial full text. Can limit by Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science. All users, on campus and off, should use this single link.

Women Writers Online
A long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing and electronic text encoding.

Wright Brothers Digital Photgraphs
Photographs documenting the invention of the airplane and the lives of the Wright Family.

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Educational Films and Documentaries
Full-length educational videos on many subjects; from the Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

Knox County Black History Digital Archives
A partnership between the Rural Life Center of Kenyon College and the Black community of Knox County, Ohio, this online resource promises to become the largest, completely digitized collection of photographs, documents, and other artifacts relating to the African-American experience in rural Ohio.