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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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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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American National Biography Online Star
Two- to three-page biographies of 17,500 Americans from earliest history to current day, with occupation and birthplace searching and some pictures, 1600-present.
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Historical New York Times Star
The entire New York Times, searchable, in image files, from 1851 to three years ago.
Also known as: New York Times
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Additional Databases in History > American History

Accessible Archives
Nineteenth century American newspapers, periodicals and books, including African American newspapers, US county histories, and ladies' magazines.
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African American Biographical Database
A source for information on 19th and early 20th century African American lives and culture, a digitized collection of books published 1790-1950.
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African American Newspapers
Seven nineteenth-century African American newspapers in full text, including advertising, 1827-1902.
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American Factfinder
Data from the 2010 US Decennial Census of Population and Housing, and more recent Annual Economic Surveys and Community Surveys.
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American Memory
Large collection of reproductions of primary source material from U.S. Library of Congress: pictures, pamphlets and recordings. Earliest dates from 1400s.
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Ancestry Library
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Census forms and other genealogical tools.
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Arte P�blico Hispanic Historical Collection
Publications, with images, of the US Hispanic community from earliest times to the 1990's.
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Arts and Humanities Citation Index
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Provides a search by cited reference, topic, author, and more for articles in almost all important English-language arts and humanities journals, 1975-present.
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Bibliography of Native North Americans
Covers books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on native North American history and culture from pre-history to the present, 1800-present.
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Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Provides references to names in hundreds of biographical dictionaries dating from the mid-20th century to present.
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Biography in Context
Brief biographies from Who's Who and other sources. Current.
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Black Abolitionist Papers
Papers and articles of 300 US and European anti-slavery activists of color, 1830-1865.
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Black Studies Center
Combines key indices(Schomburg, IIBP, etc) to scholarship and primary sources in Afro-American studies.
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Black Thought and Culture
Collection of monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the African American community from 1700s to 1975.
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Book Review Digest
Citations, abstracts and excerpts of reviews of English-language books, as published in periodicals, 1905-present.
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Boston Globe
Massachusetts' newspaper of record, 1980-present.
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Columbia International Affairs Online: CIAO
Full-text working and position papers, books, and journals, from international affairs research institutes, 1991-present.
Also known as: CIAO
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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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CQ Weekly
A publication detailing and analyzing the activities of the U.S. Congress. This searchable version dates back to 1983.
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Digital National Security Archive
Declassified documents of the NSA and predecessor agencies, 1882-present.
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Digital Sanborn Maps
Very detailed maps of New England towns and cities as they were in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are several versions over time of most maps, 1867-1970.
Also known as: Sanborn Maps
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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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Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law
Covers history, politics and sociology of U.S./Native American relations
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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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Guide to U.S. Elections, 6th Edition
Historical coverage of federal and gubernatorial elections in the United States.
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Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
Articles from scholarly journals on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the US -Mexico border area, and US Hispanics, 1970-present.
Also known as: HAPI (Hispanic American Periodical Index)
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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 Abstracts Full Text
Journal articles, many in full text, and citations to books and dissertations on world history from 1450, published 1954-present.
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Historical Boston Globe
The entire Boston Globe, searchable, in image files, 1872-1982.
Also known as: Boston Globe (1872-1979)
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Historical Chicago Defender
Influential black weekly newspaper, searchable, in image files, 1905-1975.
Also known as: Chicago Defender
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Historical Hartford Courant
Connecticut's paper of record, 1764-1988.
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Historical Statistics of the United States
Statistics gathered by the Census Bureau, with scholarly editing and essays, from colonial times to near present.
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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 Political Science Abstracts
Citations to articles from international political science periodicals, 1951-present.
Also known as: IPSA
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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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Left Index
Citations to articles in leftist periodicals, on labor, ecology & environment, race, social & cultural theory, 1982-present.
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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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Monthly Catalogue of US Government Publication
Provides references for all US government publications from 1895-June 1976. Post-1976 publications indexed here.
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Naxos Music Library Jazz
Around five thousand tracks of recorded jazz music, with notes. Faculty can call Ref. desk 545-0150 for playlist password.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A growing collection of primary sources and literature, mainly British so far.
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North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Primary source material for life as it was lived by 1,000 women in North America, 1675-1950.
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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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PBS Video Collection
Several hundred documentaries from public television.
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Project Muse
Scholarly journals and books in the humanities and social sciences published by university presses; searchable by journal issue, author, and keyword, 1996-present.
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ProQuest Congressional
Hearings, bills, laws and legislative histories, committee prints, Congressional Research Service reports, Congressional Record and predecessors, Executive Branch docs to 1932, and the Serial Set.
Also known as: LexisNexis Congressional
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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 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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Readers' Guide Abstracts
Citations and abstracts for articles from popular periodicals from the U.S. and Canada, 1890-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
English newspapers, broadsides and pamphlets 1620's-1790's, all topics, in searchable full text.
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A tool for creating maps illustrating hundreds of social, economic and climatic variables.
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Social Explorer
Maps illustrating Census data from 1790 to 2010, with recent community,religion, and carbon emissions data.
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Social Sciences Citation Index
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Provides indexing and citation tracking for journals in all the social sciences, 1900-present.
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Statistical Abstract (ProQuest)
Statistics from U.S. agencies on population, society, trade, the government, and much more, 2013-present. This for-profit version continues Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1878-2012.
Also known as: ProQuest Statistical Abstract
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Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics from U.S. agencies on population, society, trade, the government, and much more. Compiled from 1878-2012, when it ceased. Older years at HA 202 S84. Privatized (current) version above.
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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, 1920s-present.
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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
Primary and secondary sources on women's involvement in historical events. Includes books, pamphlets, papers, and articles.
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Women and Social Movements International
Activists' letters and diaries, conference proceedings, and other primary and secondary sources 1840-present.
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