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Journal Articles

America: History and Life Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
An electronic repository of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines, Jstor includes the full text of journals starting from the origin of their publication, but often does not have the most recent 2-5 years.

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

Sage Premier Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and some full text of journals published by Sage.

Note: Not all journals in Sage Premier are owned by Trinity. To avoid seeing journals you cannot access, select the option to see only content available to you.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
DOAJ is a database of more than 4,000 open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Magazines & Newspapers

Chicago Tribune Archives Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Public search of the Chicago Tribune's archives. Items are presented as they displayed in the printed newspaper, including articles, photos, comics, obituaries, and classified ads. Date coverage is 1857-1991.

Note: Contact the library for access to articles not displayed in full at this website.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Unrestricted Resource
Chronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.
Dates currently covered: 1836-1922

Harpweek Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Provides digital copies as well as transcribed full-text of Harper's Weekly from 1857-1877.

LexisNexis Academic Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Contains full-text news, business, and legal information, with some types of information dating back to 1790.

Military and Government Collection Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and full text of news publications pertaining to all branches of the US government.

Publications in the Field

Find a Publication Unrestricted Resource
Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.

Reference Materials

American Decades On campus use only
Documents and analyzes decades of contemporary American social history (including news, fashion, religion, politics, etc.), covering 1900-1999.
Call number: REF E169.12 .A419 1994

Colonial America : an encyclopedia of social, political, cultural, and economic history On campus use only
Seven opening essays provide an overview of major issues and the more than 450 signed, alphabetical entries that follow. The articles cover places, events, institutions, ideas, women, and minority peoples. Includes chronologies, which are arranged by theme (Gender Issues, Science and Technology) and geographically by colony.
Call Number: REF E162 .C68 2006

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 On campus use only
The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 documents the full range of the African American experience during that period - from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass - and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans.
Call number: REF E185 .E545 2006

Encyclopedia of American History On campus use only
Each of the first 10 volumes covers a different period in American history with an alphabetical list of entries. A chronology of important events for that period, reprints of important documents, and an index specific to each volume are included. The last volume includes a comprehensive index.
Call number: REF
E174 .E53 2003

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students On campus use only
Today, the information explosion resulting from access to the Internet has complicated traditional research methods by heightening expectations and raising new questions about retrieving, using, and presenting information. The Information-Literate Historian is designed to teach today's history student how to most successfully select and use sources--primary, secondary, and electronic--to carry out and present their research.
Call Number: D16.2 .P715 2007

Encyclopedia of American Studies Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Covers the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present, from various perspectives and the global American Studies movement.

Topics covered include: American Studies Concepts, Figures and Practices -- Arts and Literature -- Economics, Business, and Labor -- Education, Libraries, and Museums -- Ethnicity, Race, and Religious Cultures -- Gender and Family -- National Identity -- Nature and the Environment -- Periods and Eras -- Philosophy -- Political Science and Law -- Popular Culture -- Science, Technology, and Medicine -- Social Movements and Social Reform.

Atlases and Maps

A to Z Maps Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
A comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps that can be used in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. Contains maps (modern and historical, including the Holy Land), map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources.

Images

David Rumsey Map Collection Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The David Rumsey historical map collection has over 60,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 20th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
NYPL's Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Primary Sources

Annals of America On campus use only
Contains primary source documents from 1493 to 1986.
Call number: REF E173 .A793

African-American Archive : the history of the Black experience in documents On campus use only
Featuring letters, articles, pamphlets and papers of all kinds, every important document is here-the Emancipation Proclamation, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and-along with scores of enlightening personal documents-harrowing accounts from slaves who suffered the passage from Africa, letters from black soldiers in the Civil War, journal entries from civil rights workers in the '60s and Louis Farrakhan's speech at the 1995 Million Man March. Arranged chronologically.
Call number: REF E184.6 .A33 2001

Black Thought and Culture Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life.

American Memory Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
This website contains the historical collections from the Library of Congress.  A wide variety of primary source materials covering a variety of historical topics may be found here.

ArchiveGrid Unrestricted Resource
ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept.

Avalon Project Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
This digital archive compiled by the Yale University Law Library contains primary source documents in law, history, and diplomacy.

Chronicling Illinois Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Chronicling Illinois showcases collections and items from the vast Illinois history holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Digital Public Library of America Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. DPLA aims to expand the realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. You can search, explore by place, and explore by date.

Library of Congress Manuscript Collections Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Manuscript Division's holdings, approximately sixty million items in eleven thousand separate collections, include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture and support scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history. Materials include Frederick Douglass papers, Thomas Jefferson papers, James Madison papers, slave narratives,and Walt Whitman notebooks, among many others.

Library of Congress Web Guide: Primary Documents in American History Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in American history. This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents. The listed documents cover 1763-1877.

Making of America Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Cornell University Library Making of America collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

The University of Michigan also hosts a version of the Making of America collection, which contains resources unique to the Michigan site. Search in both places for the most results.

National Archives Unrestricted Resource
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those records are preserved and are available to the public, whether to see if they contain clues about a family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic.

EuroDocs Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
This website compiles a list of European primary sources. Documents are facsimiles, or transcriptions of the original.

European History Primary Sources Unrestricted Resource
The purpose of EHPS is to provide an easily searchable index of scholarly digital repositories that contain primary sources for the history of Europe. As the number of digital archives on the internet continues to grow, finding and selecting digital repositories becomes increasingly difficult. EHPS strives to fill that gap by listing the most important collections of digital primary sources for the history of Europe, either as a whole or for single countries.

Statistics

Historical Census of Agriculture Publications Unrestricted Resource
Provides links to all historical agricultural census information from 1840 to 2007 (2012 data will be released in 2014).

Historical Statistics of the United States Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Historical Statistics of the United States presents the numerical history of the United States including:  population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, governance, and international relations, all from the earliest times to the present.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Statistical Abstract data ranges from 1878 to 2012. Some retrospective data goes back to the late 1700s. Includes information on population, employment, elections, migration, income, and business.

Ebooks

Google Book Search Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Google Books contains thousands of books that have been digitized. Books under copyright are available as a limited preview only, while books in the public domain are often available in their entirety.

Dissertations

Open Access Theses & Dissertations Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. To the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations and Theses (PQDT Open) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

Videos

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video Resource contains audio
A project of the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston, the American Archive preserves public television and radio broadcasts dating from the 1940s to the present. Many programs are available for free online use.

Associated Press video archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
The film and video archive of The Associated Press -- the world's largest and oldest news agency -- viewable on YouTube.

British Pathé Film Archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world and has accumulated over 90,000 videos of events presented in newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1976. Viewers can comment, share and embed the historic videos, which are available to the public via YouTube.

C-SPAN Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains video
The C-SPAN cable network makes its U.S. history and government-related programming available on its website. Some programs also have transcripts available. Coverage: 1987 to present.

Filmakers Library Online (Volume 1) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains video
Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

Internet Archive Moving Image Archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
This library of free movies, films, and videos contains over a million digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of the videos are available for free download.

PBS: History Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
Documentaries compiled and aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), with some available for online viewing. Videos can be narrowed by selecting a subtopic, including Ancient & Classical, Enlightenment, United States, and War & Conflict

Websites

Google Scholar Unrestricted Resource
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

The European Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Provides direct access to millions of full-text pages and digital objects that include manuscripts, video, audio, images, and books from national and research libraries across Europe. You can search materials in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, biomedical sciences, and technological sciences.