Reading Historically

Fall 2011

Listed in: English, as ENGL-211; Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Media

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

Search thousands of library catalogs for books and more.

Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Surveys of all aspects of black history from the arrival of the first African slaves through the 19th century.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.

Historical Statistics of the United States 
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

Historical Census Browser
Access to data about population and more from every U.S. census from 1790-1960.

How Much Is That?
Calculators for comparative value of prices, purchasing power, earnings, and other economic variables over time.

Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection
An excellent collection of historical and current maps from UT-Austin.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Over 28,000 online maps and images, focusing on rare 18th and 19th century North and South American maps and other cartographic materials.

Full Text Collections

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.

Ancestry Library Edition
Access to more than 1.2 billion names, primary source documents, census records, and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.

Early American Imprints, Series I, Evans (1639-1800)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans.

Early American Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.

Searchable full-text archives for 17 periodicals (Harper's, Commonweal, Dissent, the New Yorker, the National Review, and more) known for commentaries and reviews on politics, culture, and the arts.

Duke Digital Collections
Digitized historic photographs, advertisements, texts, and more.

American Memory
Digitized documents, photographs, maps, and much more, all drawn from the vast collections of the Library of Congress.

RASP Resources for Research: Periodicals
Huge collection of links to digitized historical newspapers, magazines, and books.

NYPL's Digital Schomberg
Images, full-length books and articles, manuscripts, maps, and essays on the global black experience.

Chronicling America (1860-1922)
Search or browse hundreds of newspapers through the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program. Includes descriptions of papers, and images are downloadable.


Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

George Eastman House
Online collections from the International Museum of Photography

Digital Dress Costume Collection
Images of clothing from several historic collections assembled by Wayne State University.

Documenting the American South
Digital texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture, including slave narratives.

Primary sources about California's history and culture from the California Digital Library.