History and Philosophy Resources

History

 

History and Philosophy Databases and Web Pages

Databases

America: History and Life
This database is the definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to present, with indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present.  (Available through Ebsco)

Historical Abstracts
An exceptional resource that covers he history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to present. It includes world history, military history, women's history, the history of education and much more. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages starting coverage in 1955.  (Available through Ebsco)

Academic Search Complete
A multi-disciplinary full-text database with more than 5,500 periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals and a total of more than 10,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings and more. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.  (Available through Ebsco)

Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. This database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,000 journals and 2 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 730 journals.  (Available through Ebsco)

Military and Government Collection
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database has a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content. It provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.  (Available through Ebsco)

Project Muse
Provides online access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Religion and Philosophy Collection
This collection provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. This collection offers nearly 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles.  (Available through Ebsco)

Women's Studies International
Covers the core disciplines of Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Coverage includes more than 586,600 records and spans from 1972 and earlier to present. (Available through Ebsco)


Free Online History and Philosophy Web Pages

Primary Source Websites

American Rhetoric
This is a massive multimedia site that contains an Online Speech Bank, Rhetorical Figures in Sound, and American Top 100 speeches. The Online Speech Bank contains almost 300 active links to more than 5,000 full text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and much more. You'll find significant political speeches as well as Hollywood speeches.

ADD: Access to Archival Databases
From the National Archives and Records Administration, AAD contains material from more than 30 archival series of electronic records. The series selected for ADD identify specific persons, geographic areas, organizations and dates.

American Memory:  Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
Multimedia collections of historical and digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures and text from the Library of Congress's Americana collections.  May be browsed title/topic/format or searched.

E-Text Center
Digitized collections of materials, including online collections of primary source material on the Civil War, Salem Witch Trials and African American Studies. (Site in process of moving)

Eurodocs
Links to primary historical documents from Western Europe.

Making of America
A searchable digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. It includes around 8,000 books and 50,000 journal articles, with imprints.

Repositories of Primary Resources
An online directory of primary resources.

United States Historical Census Data Browser
"The data presented here describe the people and the economy of the US for each state and county from 1790 to 1970."  Each decade is searchable by various demographic and economic characteristics.

 

General History Resources

EyeWitness to History
"Your ringside seat to history--from the Ancient World to the present.  History through the eyes of those who lived it."  This site focuses on excerpts from primary source material, articles, photos, audio recordings, and video clips about important people and events throughout history.

The History Net
From the publisher of several history journals, this website features free online articles.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
A collection of online sources of information, including primary writings. The editor, Paul Halsall, has divided the website into ancient, medieval and modern history sections.

Voice of the Shuttle: History Resources
A huge, award-winning page, VoS is an excellent tool for research in the humanities. Includes various primary resources.


United States History Resources

Independence Day Celebration in Centre Square, PhiladelphiaAbraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project: Lincoln/Net
With full-text access to over 3500 historical documents from Lincoln's Illinois years this collaborative project based at Northern Illinois University is one of the richest online resources about our 16th President.

American Memory
A project from the Library of Congress that provides access to digitized material, in a variety of media, that serve to document the American experience. There are various collections as well as documentary projects.

 

America in the 1930s
"This site is an attempt to shed light on that decade and emphasize its importance in American thought and culture. We have elected to view the 1930s through the lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art and other forms of cultural expression."

National Museum of American Jewish History
The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia offers a view of "American Jews in the social, cultural, economic and political life" of the United States.  View descriptions and photographs of current and past exhibits or check out the site's "three side-by-side time lines of American history, American Jewish history, and World Jewish history."

The New Deal Network
The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, in collaboration with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Marist College and IBM launched and maintain the "New Deal Network." This site includes over 20,000 primary documents and items that include photographs, speeches, letters, and documents.

Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
This site gives trustworthy information on Thomas Jefferson and his world by Monticello researchers and respected Jefferson scholars. It has information on all stages of Mr. Jefferson's life, both historic and political.

Working Women, 1870-1930
A digitized collection of manuscripts, books, pamphlets, photographs, and other print resources that focus on the American women who were part of the workforce from 1870 to 1930.  Site is presented by Harvard's Library's Open Collections Program.

 

 

United States Regional Resources

Documenting the American South: Primary Resources for the Study of Southern History, Literature and Culture
A collection of primary resources about the culture, literature, and history of the American South that was created by and is primarily from the holdings of the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill.

 

Virginia Heritage
A searchable guide to manuscript and archival collections in Virginia.

 

Slavery

GullahBorn into Slavery:  Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1928
This project "contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 photographs of former slaves.  These narratives were collected in teh 1930s as part of the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA and assembled and microfilmed in 1941."

Slave Movement during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Provides access to raw data and documentation on slave trade topics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Also provides links to related Web sources.

Virginia Runaways
Runaway slave advertisements published in the 18th century Virginia newspapers. Searchable.

 


European History Resources

Ancient Britian
Maps and descriptions of prehistoric sacred sites around Britain.  Included are highlights like Avebury and Stonehenge as well as many lesser known sites.

The British Empire
Site devoted to the history of the British Empire.  Categories to browse include time lines, art and culture, armed forces and bibliographies.  Also offers a resources section that includes a glossary of terms and links to related information.

The British Monarchy
Official site for the British Royal Family.  Serachable site includes information on the history of the monarchy and members of the current family as well as a gallery of the Royal Collection, castle fact sheets, and information about accession, coronation and succession.

Cybrary of the Holocaust
Remember victims of the Holocaust with historical perspectives, images and personal accounts.  Find books by Holocaust survivors, and information about family and friends who were lost or found.

Early Modern English Source
"These pages are designed to assist historians (and others who have an interest in history) in locating information, principally from the internet, for the history of early modern England and Britain."

Russian History Websites
A collection of 16 web exhibits on pre-Revolution Russian history.  A romantic view of the lives of the Romanov family and court, palaces, Russian cities, and religious life.  Includes essays, first person accounts, and extensive graphics.


Asian History

Bhanwai KaurInternet East Asian History Sourcebook
A hugely comprehensive sourcebook providing full text primary source materials available online for researching the history of China, Japan and Korea from ancient to modern times.

Internet India History Sourcebook
Covering many aspects of Indian history from ancient India to modern times.  Complete online full-text sources are organized by different areas.  Also included are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka.


 

 

Prehistoric and Ancient History

Ancient Greece
"An informative and well-illustrated guide to Ancient Greece, covering art and architecture, politics, Olympics, geography mythology, peoples, war, history, and other topics.

Egyptology Resources
A page devoted entirely to Egyptology through the Newton Institute in the University of Cambridge.

 

 

Realms of the Sacred:  Early Written Records of Mesoamerica
This site, brought to you by the University of California-Irvine, contains pictures and descriptive explanations of codices from the major ancient Mesoamerican civilizations.  Analysis focuses on texts from the Maya, Aztec, and Mixtec civilizations.  There is also some treatment of the codices form the colonial area.

 

Philosophy

Continental Philosophy
This site contains an expansive collection of links to sites about Continental Philosophy.  It emphasizes 19th and 20th Century schools of thought including Critical Thinking, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Cultural Theory, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and etc.  Links are organized both by school and individual author.  It also contains links to relevant journals.

A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names
"This is a concise guide to technical terms and personal names often encountered in the study of philosophy.  Although its entries are extremely brief, many of them include links to electronic versions of philosophical texts and to more detailed discussions located elsewhere on this site or in other on-line resources."

History of Philosophy
A large collection of online essays and web resources.  Essay topics include Camus, institutional suicide of Chinese Buddhism, and Ayn Rand.  The encyclopedia of web resources covers the may areas of both Eastern and Western Philosophy.

Logical Fallacies
Go to this comprehensive yet concise site for explanations and examples of common false arguments.  Navigate by category and follow links between connected fallacies.  Includes a translation of Latin terms for fallacies into English.

Philosophy Pages
Includes a dictionary of philosophy terms, timeline, and philosopher's biographies. Focused on Western philosophy.

Stadford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Free and Searchable.

 

Religion Resources

Adherents.com
Statistics on religions and religious practitioners.

Biblical Studies on the Web
Includes a search engine that searches electronic articles within the field.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
In addition to religious texts, this website gives basic information about various religious traditions.

Virtual Religion Index
Lists websites on religion that are organized according to tradition, discipline and geography.