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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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Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [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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An index with abstracts and some full text covering all subjects, including humanities and social sciences. [more info]
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Articles (from magazines)
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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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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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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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American Song is a history database with music from America's past. [more info]
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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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Online reference book chronicles American events, people, and places for each decade [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 journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews on Islam. [more info]
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Catalog of over 62 million titles cataloged by libraries worldwide ... [more info]
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Images
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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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Image database containing over 1 million images in subject areas such as art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, world history, literature and more. [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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Legislative & Congressional Information
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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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Letters & Diaries
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Primary source database offering women's diaries and letters... [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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Collection of letters and diaries reflecting on the immediate experiences of 1,017 women ... [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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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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News Articles
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Provides full-text for over 600 U.S. and over 700 international news sources. [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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The British Newspaper Archive contains millions of digitized newspapers owned by the British Library.  While searching is free, there is a fee to download full text articles. JMU Libraries are not responsible for paying these fees. [more info]
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Full text articles from the Chicago Defender newspapers from 1910-1975. [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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Search or browse the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers19th Century British Newspapers, 19th Century US Newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals, Times Digital Archive, and the Times Literary Supplement at once. [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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Index with full-text of the Nation magazine... [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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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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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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American Song is a history database with music from America's past. [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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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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Contains FBI files on African Americans and others considered "politically suspect" from 1920 to 1984.  People of interest to the FBI were members of protest groups, Socialists, Communists, militant labor unionists, and many more. [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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Collection of letters and diaries reflecting on the immediate experiences of 1,017 women ... [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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Indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 to 1982. [more info]
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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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The digital collection of the Library of Virginia containing photographs, maps, government documents, etc, from the beginnings of Virginia history to the present. [more info]
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Reference Information
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Online reference book chronicles American events, people, and places for each decade [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]
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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Credo Reference (Credo Reference) (Cancelled)
This resource has been cancelled, effective 11/30/2014. Search over 500 reference titles using Credo. [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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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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Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents. [more info]
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Statistics & Datasets
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Statistical database offering demographic, economic, and government information... [more info]
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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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iPoll (Roper Center) (Cancelled)
This resource has been cancelled, effective 10/1/2014. US public opinon poll data from the past 70 years. [more info]
 
 
Videos
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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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VIVA resource
Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia
 
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