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Your shortcut for research in History is the History Portal.

It connects you to pages that will help you find background sources, books, articles, and primary sources for all historical periods.
 
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Articles (from journals)
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An index with abstracts to history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present... [more info]
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An index with abstracts to more than 1,800 journals in 40 languages on world history from 1450 to the present. [more info]
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Indexes articles in the subjects of gerontology, history, international relations, journalism, law, linguistics, and many more subjects. [more info]
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Full online text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, etc. [more info]
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Index and full-text source for scholarly journals and magazines ... [more info]
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Users will need to create a free individual account to use the advanced features. There is a useful guide to using this index at http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/lannee/ [more info]
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Online access to Bibliographic Index is no longer available.  Print volumes for 1937-2008 (v.1-48) are available in Carrier Library. Please stop by the public service desk for assistance with retrieval. [more info]
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The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) provides historical data on the British Isles from 55BC to present.  Secondary sources only. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Index of Latin American journals, books, and more... [more info]
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Describes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine. [more info]
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A multidisciplinary bibliography of materials on all aspects of Latin American studies ... [more info]
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Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [more info]
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An index with abstracts and some full text covering all subjects, including humanities and social sciences. [more info]
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Full text for journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. [more info]
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An index of journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics... [more info]
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Articles (from magazines)
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Index and full-text source for scholarly journals and magazines ... [more info]
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API and Archive contains bibliographic information on over 300 international periodicals dealing with alternative, radical, and left information. [more info]
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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Black Studies on Disc (G.K. Hall)
Indexes periodicals by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry... [more info]
Carrier Lib. Reference Desk
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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An index with abstracts and some full text covering all subjects, including humanities and social sciences. [more info]
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Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 to 1982. [more info]
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Audio (Music, Spoken word , etc.)
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Serves as a guide to Internet resources on African cultures and peoples. Sites are organized by country and topic. [more info]
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Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture... [more info]
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Index and full text of over 5000 audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches... [more info]
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Search letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies within scholarly materials. [more info]
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The world's musical and aural traditions, in streaming audio... [more info]
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Biography
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A biographical resource for notable people in American history with a database offering portraits... [more info]
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This resource will cease as of 8/25/2014. Indexes more than 15 million biographical sketches from reference books. Find a citation and then look in the JMU Library Catalog to see if JMU Libraries has the reference book it is in. [more info]
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A comprehensive database of biographical information on over 480,000 people. Formerly Biography Resource Center[more info]
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Biographies of 55,000 men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past from the earliest times. No living person is included in the dictionary.
 
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Books / Book Chapters
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An index with abstracts to history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present... [more info]
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An index with abstracts to more than 1,800 journals in 40 languages on world history from 1450 to the present. [more info]
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JMU Library Catalog is the online catalog of materials in James Madison University Libraries. [more info]
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Catalog of over 62 million titles cataloged by libraries worldwide ... [more info]
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Collection of over 2100 books of high quality in the humanities online...
 
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Users will need to create a free individual account to use the advanced features. There is a useful guide to using this index at http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/lannee/ [more info]
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Provides the complete text of nearly 2,000 French works including classic works of French literature, non-fiction prose, and technical writing. [more info]
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The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) provides historical data on the British Isles from 55BC to present.  Secondary sources only. [more info]
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Black Studies on Disc (G.K. Hall)
Indexes periodicals by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry... [more info]
Carrier Lib. Reference Desk
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Collection of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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A collection of full-text digital books. Digital version of the Early American Imprints... [more info]
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A collection of 36,000 fully searchable digital books... [more info]
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Early English Books Online™, 1475-1700 (EEBO) provides digital access to more than 100,000 literary and historical classics.... [more info]
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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Describes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine. [more info]
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A multidisciplinary bibliography of materials on all aspects of Latin American studies ... [more info]
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Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [more info]
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Searchable full-text collections, in English and/or Latin, of the writings of philosophers and theologians from antiquity into the 20th century. [more info]
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Full text of every book about the Americas published anywhere between 1500 and 1926... [more info]
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Dissertations
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Indexing, abstracts, and full text for doctoral dissertations and master's theses. [more info]
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Government Information
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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The printed catalogs to Government documents published from March 1939 to September 1992 are shelved in the Government Documents reference area (1st floor) of Carrier Library. [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Images
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Serves as a guide to Internet resources on African cultures and peoples. Sites are organized by country and topic. [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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Fully searchable facsimile editions of nearly 30,000 broadsides and ephemera printed in colonial... [more info]
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Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture... [more info]
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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This resource will cease as of 2/1/2015. Image database containing the Associated Press' current year's photo report and a selection of images dating from the 1500s. Also includes charts, graphs, tables, and maps. [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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Full text primary source documents, including original manuscripts and printed material... [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Image Quest from Encyclopaedia Britannica contains over 2 million images that have been cleared for non-commercial, educational use. [more info]
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Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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Legislative & Congressional Information
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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The printed catalogs to Government documents published from March 1939 to September 1992 are shelved in the Government Documents reference area (1st floor) of Carrier Library. [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Letters & Diaries
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Primary source database of more than 400 sources of diaries, letters and memoirs... [more info]
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Primary source database offering women's diaries and letters... [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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Search letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies within scholarly materials. [more info]
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Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries brings together 100,000 pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts. [more info]
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Collection of primary sources written by North American immigrants from 1800 to 1950 ... [more info]
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The Papers of George Washington:  Diaries, Revolutionary War, Colonial, Confederation, Presidential, and Retirement from 1748-1799. [more info]
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Experience the past through thousands of private writings and personal narratives... [more info]
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Maps and Atlases
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The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials.  Images available for certain uses (such as attribution) under the Creative Commons license. [more info]
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View digital maps of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  These maps were digitized from the fire insurance maps of the Sanborn Map Company.  Click here for a map legend that provides symbols and a glossary of terms used in this map collection. [more info]
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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50,000 Historical maps from within the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
 
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News Articles
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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A collection of English news media in the form of newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides from the United Kingdom collected by Reverend Charles Burney. [more info]
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Collection of over 500 US newspapers from the 19th Century.  Includes approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from both rural and urban titles.  Illustrated papers also included. [more info]
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Index and full-text source for scholarly journals and magazines ... [more info]
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Includes full text of Harrisonburg's Daily News-Record (4/28/1993 to present) and Staunton's Daily News Leader (6/22/1999 to present). [more info]
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API and Archive contains bibliographic information on over 300 international periodicals dealing with alternative, radical, and left information. [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Collection of digitized American newspapers from 1860 to 1922, as well as a directory of non-digitized newspapers from 1690 to the present.  [more info]
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Full text and indexing for ethnic, minority, and international newspapers and magazines... [more info]
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Facts and overviews of historic events and issues since 1940. [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Contains several full-text databases: current news, laws and legislation, business and company information and more... [more info]
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According to a review in Magazines for Libraries, "The Nation is one of the most openly left-wing publications in existence," proud of its independence from any company or political party. [more info]
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Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 3 years ago... [more info]
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Access full text historical newspapers in pdf format. JMU subscribes to select VA newspapers only (excluding coverage from 2007). Content from all other cities and states is not available. See the [more info] link for city details. Dates of coverage varies by title. [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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The United States Newspaper Program is a cooperative national effort...
 
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Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 15 years ago... [more info]
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Primary Sources
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A cluster of collections reflecting the history of the United States through its congressional publications... [more info]
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A collection of English news media in the form of newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides from the United Kingdom collected by Reverend Charles Burney. [more info]
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Includes full text of Harrisonburg's Daily News-Record (4/28/1993 to present) and Staunton's Daily News Leader (6/22/1999 to present). [more info]
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Cover-to-cover digital facsimiles of 1,000 historic newspapers from every state. [more info]
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Fully searchable facsimile editions of nearly 30,000 broadsides and ephemera printed in colonial... [more info]
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Primary source database of more than 400 sources of diaries, letters and memoirs... [more info]
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Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture... [more info]
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Digitized page images from American magazines and journals of all types. Titles range from some of the first... [more info]
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Index and full text of over 5000 audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches... [more info]
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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This resource will cease as of 2/1/2015. Image database containing the Associated Press' current year's photo report and a selection of images dating from the 1500s. Also includes charts, graphs, tables, and maps. [more info]
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Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories... [more info]
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Provides the complete text of nearly 2,000 French works including classic works of French literature, non-fiction prose, and technical writing. [more info]
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Collection of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. [more info]
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Primary source database offering women's diaries and letters... [more info]
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Not recommended for use in Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari.  C19: The Nineteenth Century Index is an all-inclusive bibliographic tool for 19th-century research. [more info]
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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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A full-text database of primary source documents. Each volume contains approximately one hundred documents highlighting the year's most important events and issues. [more info]
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This database is the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945 ... [more info]
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A collection of full-text digital books. Digital version of the Early American Imprints... [more info]
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A collection of 36,000 fully searchable digital books... [more info]
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Primary source collection of personal accounts of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native... [more info]
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Early English Books Online™, 1475-1700 (EEBO) provides digital access to more than 100,000 literary and historical classics.... [more info]
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Provides digital editions of nearly all books published in Great Britain in the 18th century... [more info]
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Full text primary source documents, including original manuscripts and printed material... [more info]
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A full-text database of Harper's Weekly text and images from the 19th century (1857-1912) ... [more info]
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Search letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies within scholarly materials. [more info]
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According to a review in Magazines for Libraries, "The Nation is one of the most openly left-wing publications in existence," proud of its independence from any company or political party. [more info]
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Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue to about 3 years ago... [more info]
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Collection of primary sources written by North American immigrants from 1800 to 1950 ... [more info]
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OAIster contains thousands of multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,000 contributors worldwide. [more info]
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This full-text material includes Ellis Island oral history narratives and rare Black Panther Party interviews... [more info]
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The Papers of George Washington:  Diaries, Revolutionary War, Colonial, Confederation, Presidential, and Retirement from 1748-1799. [more info]
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Searchable full-text collections, in English and/or Latin, of the writings of philosophers and theologians from antiquity into the 20th century. [more info]
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Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 to 1982. [more info]
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Full text of every book about the Americas published anywhere between 1500 and 1926... [more info]
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The world's musical and aural traditions, in streaming audio... [more info]
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Search every word of every page of The London Times, and view PDF facsimiles of either a specific article or a... [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Contains records of nearly 35,000 trans-Atlantic slaving voyages made between 1514 and 1866... [more info]
 
 
Reference Information
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Collection of ebooks covering history, geography, world cultures, military history, gender studies, politics, pop culture, religion, mythology, science, technology, and environment. [more info]
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Online reference book chronicles American events, people, and places for each decade [more info]
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Reviews of print and electronic reference sources, written by librarians...
 
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Online access to Bibliographic Index is no longer available.  Print volumes for 1937-2008 (v.1-48) are available in Carrier Library. Please stop by the public service desk for assistance with retrieval. [more info]
Carrier Library - Stack 2a
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A collection of full-text reference books in history. [more info]
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Cambridge Histories Online provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature... [more info]
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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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This resource will cease as of 12/31/2014. Search over 500 reference titles using Credo. [more info]
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Facts and overviews of historic events and issues since 1940. [more info]
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Searchable online reference book collection covering all subjects from the arts to zoology. [more info]
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Guide to Reference (ALA) (Cancelled)
This resource has been cancelled, effective 8/1/2014. A selective guide of reference sources, organized by academic discipline... [more info]
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This database contains the entire text of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Historical Thesaurus of the OED[more info]
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Find subject specific lists of scholarly articles in Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO).  Each research guide in OBO provides an introduction to the topic and annotated bibliographic lists of books and articles recommended by scholars in the field. [more info]
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Database of full-text scholarly reference books on all subjects. [more info]
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Search most of JMU's reference collection for background articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. [more info]
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Reports & Proceedings
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Legislative and executive documents of the United States government...
 
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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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A full-text database of primary source documents. Each volume contains approximately one hundred documents highlighting the year's most important events and issues. [more info]
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An incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American history originating from Congress and other federal agencies...
 
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Statistics & Datasets
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Detailed U.S. census information by state and county from 1790-1960.
 
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Historical Statistics of the United States from 1790 to 2000. [more info]
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Contains records of nearly 35,000 trans-Atlantic slaving voyages made between 1514 and 1866... [more info]
 
 
Videos
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JMU Library Catalog is the online catalog of materials in James Madison University Libraries. [more info]
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Serves as a guide to Internet resources on African cultures and peoples. Sites are organized by country and topic. [more info]
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Index and full text of over 5000 audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches... [more info]
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Filmakers Library Online is a video collection of documentaries that span numerous subjects.  Use the filters to limit by subject or click the "Refine your search" link to search for specific Filmakers titles. [more info]
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A streaming video resource containing thousands of educational videos in 8 subject areas.  Includes access to archival films and newsreels. [more info]
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The latest version of RealPlayer required to view videos.  Click here to download.
Streaming video of news from NBC (1968 to date) and CNN (1995 to date) plus indexing of television network news from all the major networks, 1968 to date. 
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