This page (http://www.library.kent.edu/hist38095) is designed to give a general introduction to some of the resources available to you. As you begin to focus on your own research topic, please feel free to set up an appointment for research assistance specific to your needs.
Historical Full-Text Resources
these resources are provided by the Libraries for your use. If you are off-campus, you must authenticate in order to access them.
American Periodicals Series Online (1741 - 1900)
American Periodicals Series Online contains page images of more than 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. These resources illuminate the development of American culture, politics, and society across some 150 years. Articles can be searched by author, source, and words in the complete text. Updated quarterly.
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages published between 1880 to 1922 in a small group of states; some newspapers from Ohio are available. The site also includes directory information, including a link to library holdings, about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Early English Books Online (1473 - 1700)
"Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700."
Offers full-text of back-runs of core journals in history and related fields. Coverage starts with the first issue of most titles and usually goes until 3-5 years of the present.
New York Times - Historical (1851 - 2006)
Search for New York Times articles published from 1851 up to two years ago. Includes the complete paper with full-page and article images in PDF format. NOTE: if you are looking for current New York Times content, please consult either LexisNexis Academic
or the New York Times
Key Databases for Locating Journal Articles
America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Use this database to find scholarly articles and book reviews on topics in United States and Canadian history. Searches can be limited to specific historical time periods.
Historical Abstracts (1967 - Current)
Use this database to find scholarly articles and book reviews on topics in world history, from 1450 to present. Searches can be limited to specific historical time periods.
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (1975 - Current)
Describes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, medicine and allied historical fields. Updated annually.
Also Recommended for Locating Journal Articles
Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.List of journals included.
Citation Indexes (1980 - Current)
Three multidisciplinary "Web of Science" databases covering the journal literature in the areas of the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Updated weekly.Tutorial
Use to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Includes articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
International Index to Black Periodicals
An interdisciplinary index that includes over 150 scholarly and popular journals, which cover art, cultural criticism, economics, education, health, history, language and literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology, and more.
KentLINK is the library catalog for all 8 campuses of the University. It identifies what books, journals, government publications, and media (computer files, films, CDs, etc.) are owned and indicates their availability.
The OhioLINK Library Catalog is the database of all books and other materials owned by the 85 public and private colleges and universities that are OhioLINK member libraries. For any item not available at KSU, it is possible to request the item online and have it sent to any KSU library or another OhioLINK institution for pick up.
Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.
Locating Theses and Dissertations
also check KentLINK for KSU theses and dissertations
Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) (1861 - Current)
Includes citations for dissertations dating from the first U.S. dissertation issued in 1861. Contains abstracts for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 forward. The work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities are also included. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.
Online theses and dissertations from Ohio graduate students. Includes links to full-text.
Finding Periodical Articles Published During Another Era
Palmer's index to the Times newspaper (London)
Call #: AI 21 .T52 (Main Library, 9th floor). Index to the Times of London Newspaper. Begins in 1790, continues through 1941. The Library has the newspaper on microfilm from 1788 to present. The microfilm of 1788-1979 is in storage and may be requested either online or at the Periodical Desk on the second floor.
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
Call #: AI 3 .P7 1958 (Main Library, Reference Collection, 1st floor). In six volumes, covers periodicals published between 1802 and 1902.
Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature - retrospective (1890 - 1982)
Covers the years 1890-1982. Excellent source for locating articles written during a specific historical period. Publications covered are largely popular titles, such as Time and Newsweek. Search by topic.
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900
Call #: Z 2005 .H6 (Main Library, 4th floor -- 5 volumes). An invaluable bibliographic reference work of major 19th century British periodicals. Arranged chronologically by periodical title in table-of-contents order, with two indexes: contributors, and initials and pseudonyms. Final volume provides "collected and corrected bibliographies" of contributors and adds individual dating of each title. Indexes 43 major quarterlies and monthlies.
Electronic Books in History
Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK)
Contains thousands of scholarly and reference e-books in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Electronic Reference Books (ABC-CLIO)
Full-text collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical works, guides, and more in most subjects, from the educational reference publisher, ABC-CLIO.
These titles are now included in the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center.
Produced by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Humanities E-book is a digital collection of over 1500 full-text titles, including most humanities disciplines and area studies. This is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access available 24/7.
Full-text, searchable versions of many Oxford reference dictionaries and encyclopedias in history.
Oxford Scholarship Online
Contains the full text of important scholarly books from Oxford University Press. Coverage includes both classic and newly-published works in the humanities and social sciences. Subject collections are available in Economics & Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. New books are added regularly.
Sharpe Online Reference - all titles
Includes full-text, searchable versions of seven reference encyclopedias: Colonial America; Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age; Postwar America; Encyclopedia of American Folklife; Encyclopedia of American Social Movements; Social Issues in America. These titles can be searched simultaneously or reviewed individually.