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Key databases for History

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in History. You can also see a complete list of databases for History available from the Library.

America: History and Life

This database allows you to search for journal articles on all periods of the history of the United States and Canada.

Guide to using America: History and Life

Avalon Project

This project from Yale University Law School gives access to documents freely available on the web relating to world history. There is a section on 20th century history, or you can explore the section called “Document Collections” for relevant material.


This gives access to European primary source documents freely available on the web. The site is divided by country, and within each country you can browse material by period.

Historical Abstracts

Search for journal articles on world history, dating from 1450. The database America: History and Life is included within Historical Abstracts, so you can choose to include or exclude the history of North America from your search, or to limit your search to articles on North American history.

Guide to using Historical Abstracts

History E-book Project

Gives access to the full text of many books that are of major importance to historical studies. You can search by keyword/s (including Boolean and proximity) or by browsing (title, author and subject) across the collection. Accompanying the full text of each monograph are the table of contents and reviews.

International Medieval Bibliography

Search for journal articles in History and Medieval Studies. The database is updated quarterly.

Guide to using International Medieval Bibliography

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

L'Année Philologique

Search for modern editions of ancient texts, journal articles and conference proceedings on classical authors and the classical world. The database is updated annually. Coverage from 19258 onwards. There is a limit to the number of simultaneous users.

Making of the Modern World

Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 provides digital facsimile images of 61,000 works on economics, business and trade, giving insights into the economic, social and political conditions of the time. Full-text searching is available across this collection.

Guide to using Making of the Modern World


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. It is easy to use but remember to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers, or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis

Times Digital Archive

Search the complete digital edition of The Times (London), from 1785-1985, using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Guide to using Times Digital Archive

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science