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  • 19th Century Masterfile
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    19th Century Masterfile is a vast "Index of Indexes", and is the largest resource for historical research prior to 1925. 19th Century Masterfile brings together over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals; Newspapers; Books; US Congressional Record; US and UK Government Documents;US Patents. You can query over 11 million citations in 19th Century Masterfile in a single search.
  • Abbreviationes
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    Abbreviationes currently comprises over 70,000 entries containing a total of 80,098 references to manuscripts. It is based on a large number of manuscripts from all fields, held at a wide variety of libraries throughout Europe and the U.S. Entries cover the period from the 8th century up to and including the 15th century. It is a tool for deciphering and transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts. Individuals may use the Personal Edition.
  • ArchiveGrid
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    Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History
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    The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.
  • Biographical Dictionary
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    S9.com is a Wikipedia type system and everyone can edit biographies or even create their own. S9.com was established in 1997 and since then has grown into one of the largest biography sites on the planet.
  • Biographical Memoirs
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    Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.
  • Boston Globe (Historical)
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    The Boston Globe offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (March 4, 1872). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • Catalog of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
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    The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts offers a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web.
  • Chicago Tribune (Historical)
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    The Chicago Tribune offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (April 23, 1849). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • Colonial State Papers
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    Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries as found in the British National Archives. Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents. Issued by ProQuest Chadwyck-Healey.
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
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    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps. Some examples are United States map, maps New York, California map, Arizona map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and Colorado map. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
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    Early English Books Online (EEBO) a digital library of works from STC I (Pollard & Redgrave), STC II (Wing), and the Thomason Tracts - over 125,000 individual titles. Through EEBO, you can search the bibliographic citations, browse online the digital images of every page,download the digital images in PDF format for more extensive viewing and printing. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection 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
  • Early European Books
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    This is an extraordinary resource at its inception and will be even more so upon its completion in a few years. The scope of the collection is to provide high quality color scans, from the originals, not from microfilm, of all material printed in Europe or in European languages from the birth of printing (c.1455) to 1700. Based on holdings of a variety of major European libraries. The three initial collections, ultimately represent 4.1 million pages, are based on library collections in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and England. The project is successor and a complement to the 125,000 titles in Early English Books Online (EEBO) already held by USC.
  • First World War Portal
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    The First World War Portal provides a rich seam of information across three modules, Personal Experiences, Propaganda & Recruitment and Visual Perspectives & Narratives. This resource showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the First World War, from personal narratives and printed books to military files, propaganda pamphlets and strong visual documents. The material is complemented by a range of contextual secondary material, including scholarly essays, case studies and interactive maps.
  • Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange
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    This resource provides a range of visual, manuscript and printed materials sourced from over twenty key libraries and more than a dozen companies and trade organizations. These original sources help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities and to examine the ways that these have changed the world. The fifteen commodities explored in this resource are: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, wheat, wine and spirits.
  • Images of America: A History of American Life in Images and Texts
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    Images of America: A History of American Life in Images and Texts is a unique new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing's award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating the places and faces that give America its spirit and life. All of the images and texts have been indexed to provide an unprecedented level of access into the contents, enabling users to explore the depth of a town's history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.
  • In the First Person
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    In the First Person is a landmark index to English language personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories. Future updates will contain full-text sources and hundreds of thousands of bibliographic records. The index will allow users perform in-depth field and keyword searches across all letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies within Alexander Street Press databases, more than one million pages of editorially selected materials spanning 400 years.
  • Index Islamicus
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    The Index Islamicus database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies, which have traditionally been part of the curriculum of SOAS. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam. Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.
  • International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages
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    The International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA),an entirely new supplement to the Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA), is being produced under the joint auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Brepols Publishers; it will be made available at Brepolis, the Brepols site for online medieval encyclopedias, bibliographies, and databases. The chronological range of IEMA is 300-1500 CE, and it will cover all of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. IEMA will complement and fill in gaps in the coverage of the present Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA).
  • Lexikon des Mittelalters Online
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    is an indispensable research tool for medievalists of all disciplines. Based upon the most important encyclopaedia in the world for medievalists (published in German between 1977 and 1999), LexMA’s 36,700 signed articles written by 3,000 authors covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 300 to 1500. Its geographical scope covers the whole of Europe, part of the Middle East, and parts of North Africa to document the roots of Western culture and those of its neighbours in the Byzantine, Arab and Jewish worlds.
  • Life Magazine
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    The entire run of the preeminent U.S. photojournal, /Life /Magazine, has now been ditigized and indexed. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, and covered all aspects of American life, as well as important overseas events. Many important photographers, such as Margaret Bourke-White, Karsh, and Gordon Parks, contributed images, some of which have since become icons. Search is by keyword only.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)
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    An essential resource for the study of Britain and its place in the world during the medieval and early modern period (c. 1100-1800). Combines the key printed sources for English, Irish, Scottish and Colonial history with original manuscripts. The printed sources contain a large repository of state papers, chronicles, accounts and correspondence from the archives of Britain, Ireland and continental Europe. Original manuscript images are taken from the English State Papers held at the National Archives in London, United Kingdom.
  • Medieval Family Life
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    All of these medieval manuscripts are brought together here with fully searchable transcripts, a variety of contextual data and illustrations.
  • Medieval Travel Writing
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    Provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel - real and imaginary - in the Middle Ages.
  • SAGE eReference
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    Sage e-Reference is a full-text collection of over 80 online specialized encyclopedias in the social sciences, including communications, gender studies, social work, history, psychology, etc. Search one encyclopedia, or all of them simultaneously.
  • Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive
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    Presents nearly 52,000 testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, representing individuals from 56 countries, speaking in 32 languages. While the majority of the interviews are with Jewish Holocaust survivors (around 49,000), the archive also includes the testimonies of political prisoners, Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, survivors of eugenics policies, and homosexual survivors as well as rescuers, liberators, and participants in war crimes trials.
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
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    Women's Travel Diaries and Correspondence from The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • World Newsreels Online (1929–1966)
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    World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique – and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history