History Resources


Digital Commons Network – History

  • The BEPress Digital Commons Network is an open source institutional repository which makes the scholarly output of several universities and institutions freely available
  • History subject area contains over 15,000 works from 191 institutions
  • A tutorial on using the Digital Commons Network can be found here

Digital Public Library of America

  • Brings together free resources from America’s archives libraries, archives, and museums
  • Striving to contain the full breadth of human expression, this portal currently provides access to over 5,000,000 resources
  • Use the bookshelf tab or the search bar to navigate to the search interface or find resources on a particular topic

Directory of Open-Access Journals

  • “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”
  • Thousands of open access journals with full text articles
  • Select browse to find journals in a specific subject or use the search bar to find all journals or articles relevant to your search

Google Scholar

  • “Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature”
  • Search articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites
  • Note that not all resources on Google Scholar are free. For free full-text versions of articles, look for items that have a PDF link on the right hand side of the page.

Internet Public Library – History

  • “ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment”
  • “Merged collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites”
  • Provides a variety of online resources including some access to full-text articles

Abzu: Ancient Near East Internet Resources

  • Developed for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University
  • Provides access to open access data relevant to the study of the Ancient Near East and Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Search everything from blogs, books, journals and more
  • Also provides access to core texts and information about archaeological projects

Best History Sites

  • From EdTechTeach, Inc.
  • Created for teachers but includes resources which should be useful to both high school and college students as well
  • Compiles links to a huge number of useful websites related to history, searchable by the subtopic menu

History News Network

  • From George Mason University
  • Seeks to put current events into historical perspective by presenting news and research from historians or of historical interest

Euratlas – Historical Maps

  • Maps of the Middle East, Europe, Rome and the World over the course of history

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

World History Matters

  • Developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University
  • A portal to various web resources pertaining to history created by CHNM
  • Includes access to World History Sources resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources

World Wide Web Virtual Library – History Central Catalogue

  • From the European University Institute History department
  • Somewhat outdated in appearance and not all links are of high enough quality to be used in college level research, but is nonetheless useful due to its comprehensive coverage of the world, arranged by country
  • Browse by country, era, topic or method of research

A Chronology of US Historical Documents

  • Full text of critical documents in U.S. History

Digital History

  • An online interactive textbook created for the University of Houston
  • Browse chronologically, by era, or by topic
  • Also includes reference materials, primary resources, historical multimedia and other useful material

Library of Congress – Digital Collections

  • The go-to source for documents and resources related to American history
  • Includes reference resources, cultural documents, maps, photos and more