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History Databases by Subject

Guide to all of the history databases organized by geographic region, time period, and theme.

Welcome to the History Databases by Subject research guide! This guide is meant to help you find the databases you need quickly so that you can continue your research.


(This guide was made by Nathaniel Ament as part of a field study under the supervision of Eric Lindquest.)

Our large collection of databases is organized into four general categories General Resources, Geographic, Time Period, and Thematic.

General Resources are the big databases that have a little bit (or a lot) of everything. These are excellent resources for any phase of research and can help you find sources to fill in the areas you need.

The geographic category organizes the databases around what region(s) of the world they relate to.

The Time Period category organizes the databases by what time period(s) the sources discuss.

The Thematic category organizes the databases by what thematic categories they fit into.

Each category besides General Resources have the same databases. Naturally, within a category certain databases will appear in multiple areas. For instance many databases focus on both the 19th and 20th centuries, and so you will find them in both categories. For the thematic categories, the databases were organized into the most relevant categories, despite often being able to go into all or most of them. Some resources will not be found in particular category. All databases can be found in 2/3 of the broader categories, and the vast majority can be found in all three.