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Guide to History Databases

This guide lists a selection of online databases that are important for locating primary and secondary resources in the field of history. A complete list of history databases is available here. The library has other guides that are relevant to the field of history. See, for example, the guides to finding newspapers, diaries, U.S. government documents, 18th and 19th century periodicals, and historical statistics.

General History Databases
Regional and Ethnic Studies Databases
History of Science, Technology and Medicine Databases
Medieval and Ancient History Databases

General History Databases

Database Coverage Content Holdings Notes

America: History and Life
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6812

History of the United States and Canada from Prehistory to the present Abstracts of scholarly articles, book chapters, dissertations and book reviews. 1964-present. 1,700 journals published internationally. Penn-Text enabled.
Historical Abstracts
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6930
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the U.S. and Can.) Abstracts of scholarly articles, book chapters, and dissertations. 1974-present. Over 2,000 journals published internationally. Penn-Text enabled.
JSTOR
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6965
Database of journals covering many disciplines, subjects and time periods. Journals 19th century-five years ago. Includes about 400 journals, 60 of which are specifically related to history. Full Text
Dissertation Abstracts
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6878
The United States. Dissertations 1861-present. Over 1.5 million dissertation are in the database. Non-Penn dissertations can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Penn dissertations should be held by the Library. Post 1997 Penn dissertations are available in full-text online.

 

Regional and Ethnic Studies Databases

Database Coverage Content Holdings Notes
African Studies Centre Catalogue
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6808
All subjects pertaining to Africa. Covers all periods. Journal articles, books, collections, government publications, and pamphlets.
  Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts
American Bibliography of Slavic and Eastern European Studies
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6800
All subjects pertaining to East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the US and Canada. All periods Journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected gov. publications 1990-present Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts
Bibliography of Asian Studies
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6840
All subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asian countries. All periods. western-language periodical articles, monographs (-1991), conference proceedings, etc. 1971-present. Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts

Bibliography of British and Irish History
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/102219

History of the British Isles, Empire and Commonwealth, from 55BC to the present. Journal articles, books, articles in collective volumes 1975-present. Less comprehensive coverage prior to 1975. Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts

Francis
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6915

Multidisciplinary database that covers history, art history, literature, etc., and focuses on topics relevant to the European Continent. Journal articles, books, articles in collective volumes 1984-present. PennText enabled
Index Islamicus
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/9993
Islam, the Middle East, and the Muslim world, including Asian Muslim minorities worldwide. All periods. Journal articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, book reviews, etc. 1906-present PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts.

Jahresberichte für deutsche Geschichte Online
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/8751

Indexes historical scholarship published in Germany.     Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts

Oesterreichische Historische Bibliographie
http://wwwg.uni-klu.ac.at/oehb/oehbquery/

Indexes historical scholarship published in Austria. Not Penn-Text enabled.
  1945-present. Not PennText enabled. Dominated by german language publications. Use with Historical Abstracts
Rambi-index of articles on Jewish Studies
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/7018
Scholarly literature relating to Jewish Studies and the study of Israel. Covers all periods. Journal articles and collections. 1966-present Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts
Chicano Database
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6857
Scholarly literature relating to Mexican-American topics. All types of materials 1967-present PennText enabled. Use with America: History and Life
Handbook of Latin American Studies
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6936
Scholarly literature relating to latin america Books, articles, chapters, papers 1935-present Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts.
Hispanic American Periodical Index
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6931
English, Spanish and Portuguese language scholarly literature relating to Central America, South America, the Carribean and Hispanics in North America. Journal Articles 1970-present Some full-text links but many articles are citation only. Use with Historical Abstracts.
Victorian Database
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/7061
Scholarly literature relating to British studies,1830-1914 Covers editions, books, dissertations, and articles in over 500 journals. 1945-present Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Use with Historical Abstracts

 

History of Science Technology and Medicine

Database Coverage Content Holdings Notes
History of Science, Technology and Medicine
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6940
Covers the history of science, technology and medicine from pre-history to the present. Journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations 1975-present PennText endabled
HISTLINE via MedLine
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6978
History of health related professions, sciences, specialties, individuals, institutions, drugs and diseases in all parts of the world and all historic periods Journal Articles 1964-present PennText enabled

Sexbiblio
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/8852

Primary and Secondary Literature relating to sex written in Europe, America and Canada. Covers 1700-1945. Books, articles, pamphlets, other primary resources. 1700-1945 Citations only. Important works from places and times other than the primary ones listed are also included. Highly specialized but not comprehensive.

 

Medieval and Ancient History Databases (NOT including area studies databases)

Database Coverage Content Holdings Notes
International Medieval Bibliography
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6950
Scholarly literature on Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, 400-1500. articles, proceedings, collections 1967-present Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Strong indexing of non-English journals. Advanced search interface.
ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6961
Medieval (400-1500) and Renaissance (1300-1700) studies with a focus on the Renaissance. Journal articles, reviews, bibliographies, catalogues, collections and discographies

Articles: 19th century-present
Reviews: 1943-present
Collections: 1995-present

Not PennText enabled.
Medieval Feminist Index
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6980
Scholarly literature relating to women, sexuality or gender during the Medieval Period. Journal articles and collections. 1992-2002. Very incomplete indexing. Not PennText enabled. Supplements IMB and ITER.
L'Annee Philologique
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/6823
Scholarly literature relating to Classical Studies, including the history of Greece, Rome and surrounding areas. Journal articles, collections and conference papers. 1969-1999 Citations only. Not PennText enabled. Wide coverage of material written throughout Europe.
TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journal of Interest to Classicists.
http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/7051
Literature relating to Classical Studies and the Near East. Journals and anthologies 1992-present Provides the tables of contents only.
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