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  • Academic Search CompleteSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)

    Multidisciplinary database of journal articles (including peer reviewed), books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Coverage: 1887-present.
  • America : History and LifeSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)Mobile-friendly

    This index covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Indexed are 1,700 journals as far back as 1955 and some title coverage goes back to the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
  • Historical AbstractsSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)Mobile-friendly

    All aspects of world history (excluding the US and Canada) since 1450. Journal articles, books, reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc. Coverage: 1954-present.
  • JSTOR

    Multidisciplinary full-text journal articles from 1,500 major journals. Please note: In many cases, JSTOR does not include the most recent 3 to 5 years of these journals. Please use other databases to retrieve recent articles, especially for current events topics. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • JSTOR for Alumni

    Multidisciplinary full-text journal articles from 1,500 major journals. Please note: In many cases, JSTOR does not include the most recent 3 to 5 years of these journals. Coverage: Varies by title. W&M Alumni access: JSTOR for Alumni link leads to my1693 Alumni Association account; log in to access JSTOR. 2007+ alumni can also use the regular JSTOR database with their W&M userid and password. Also, JSTOR’s Early Journal Content provides free access to everyone for very early journals.
  • 18th Century Collections Online (ECCO)

    English and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain from 1701-1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Searchable full text. Coverage: 1701-1800.
  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers Parts 1 & 2Mobile-friendly

    National and regional newspapers, including those from country and university towns, those from the new industrial centers of the Midlands, as well as newspapers from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Coverage: 1800-1900.
  • 19th Century British PamphletsMobile-friendly

    Alternative perspectives on the key issues of the 1800s: political, social, economic, technological, and environmental. Includes the National Liberal Club Pamphlets, Earl Grey Pamphlets, Knowsley Pamphlet Collection, LSE Library Pamphlet Collection, Hume Tracts, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pamphlets, and Cowen Tracts. Coverage: 1545-1900.
  • 19th Century Collections Online (NCCO)

    Politics, society, literature, diplomacy, theater, music, high & popular culture, etc. Books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, and statistics. Coverage: 1800-1899.
  • 19th Century Masterfile

    19th-century and early 20th-century studies. Includes Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906) and Earl Gregg Swem's Virginia Historical Index. Citations to magazine articles, books, newspapers, patents, and US/UK government documents. Coverage: 1774-1920, varies by index.
  • 19th Century US NewspapersMobile-friendly

    19th century U.S. urban and regional newspapers. Fully searchable. Coverage: 1800-early 20th century.
  • ABSEES (American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies)Mobile-friendly

    East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union: economics, history, politics, religion, and social and cultural issues. Citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, online resources, and selected government publications published in the US and Canada. Coverage: 1986-present.
  • Academic Search CompleteSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)

    Multidisciplinary database of journal articles (including peer reviewed), books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Coverage: 1887-present.
  • Access World News

    Find diverse global perspectives on topics related to controversial issues, the environment, health, education, science, the arts, literature, business, economics, criminal justice, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos and web-only content. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from over 2,000 sources.
  • Accessible Archives

    Collections of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers. Coverage: Varies by newspaper.
  • Adams Papers Digital Edition

    Considered the authoritative edition of John Adams’s complete diaries, selected legal papers, family correspondence, and state papers. Searchable across all volumes. Begun by editor Lyman Butterfield and continued by Margaret Hogan. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage ongoing, begins 1735.
  • Aluka-African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes

    Images, documents, and 3D models documenting heritage sites throughout Africa. Includes photographs, GIS data, site plans, excavation reports, traveler's accounts, maps, books, recordings, journal articles, etc. Coverage: 18th century-present.
  • Aluka-Struggles for Freedom in South Africa

    Resources documenting the struggles for freedom in Southern Africa – Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and the two Congos. Nationalist publications, records of colonial governments, local newspapers, personal papers, UN documents, oral testimonies, speeches, correspondence, etc. Coverage: Early 20th century-present.
  • America : History and LifeSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)Mobile-friendly

    This index covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Indexed are 1,700 journals as far back as 1955 and some title coverage goes back to the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
  • American Ancestors

    Genealogical resources on New York and New England from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
  • American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I

    Fully searchable facsimile images that capture daily life in America. Wide variety of items, including clipper ship sailing cards, early trade cards, theater and music programs, stock certificates, advertisements, menus, and social invitations. Coverage: 1760-1900.
  • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

    This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor.
  • American History in VideoSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)

    People and events in American history and their presentation over time. Commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. Coverage: 1492-2000.
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures

    A wide-ranging digital resource presenting a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. This resource contains material from the Newberry Library's extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection. Includes manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books, photographs and newspapers. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.
  • American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism

    The evolution of the American Indian Movement (AIM) as an organization of social protest, and the development of Native American radicalism. From the files of the FBI. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1969-1979.
  • America's Historical Imprints

    American history, literature, culture, and daily life. Choose this database to search the following as one file: American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, 1760-1900; Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800, & Supplement I from the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP)1670-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 & Supplement II from the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) 1801-1819. Coverage: Varies.
  • L'Annee Philologique

    Language, literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Citations to journal articles, books, and conferences. Coverage: 1924-present.
  • Archives UnboundMobile-friendly

    Collection of databases devoted to disciplines in history and the social sciences. See titles of individual databases for further information. Coverage: Varies by database.
  • ARTstor

    Digital images from around the world (including photography, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, painting, and sculpture) in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Coverage: all time periods.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index

    Archaeology, architecture, art, Asian Studies, classics, dance, film, radio, television, folklore, history, language and literature, music, philosophy, poetry, religion, and theater. Scholarly journals. Unique feature: ability to search citations to a person's work. Coverage: 1980-present.
  • Baltimore Afro-American

    One of the most widely circulated African American newspapers on the Atlantic Coast. News articles, photos, advertisements, obituaries, cartoons, etc. Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1893-1988.
  • Berg Fashion Library

    Anchored by the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress, the Berg Fashion Library is the first online resource to provide access to interdisciplinary and integrated text, image, and journal content on world dress and fashion. The Berg Fashion Library offers users cross-searchable access to an expanding range of essential resources in this discipline of growing importance and relevance including a specially-created taxonomy, an e-book collection, and extensive color image bank. Supports up to 3 concurrent users.
  • Bibliography of Native North AmericansMobile-friendly

    All aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Includes native peoples of Alaska, Canada, the US, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica. Citations to books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the US and Canada. Coverage: 16th century-present.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index

    Citations to biographical material on women and men from all time periods, geographic locations, and fields of endeavor. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • British History Online

    Primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Includes the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial; Calendars of State Papers, Domestic; the Calendars of State Papers for Scotland and Ireland; the Calendar of Close Rolls; and the official records of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Coverage: 1500-1850, some earlier coverage.
  • British Online Archives

    Access to digitized copies of archives held in Britain, with a detailed finding aid for each archive held. At the start of 2008, collections held are the Parliamentary Labour Party papers, covering the period from 1968/69 up to 1993/94, and reports of the BBC Listener Research Department 1937- c1950. Future collections will cover government publications, the industrial revolution, and records of Britain's relationship with the Americas, Asia and Africa.
  • Chicago Defender

    A leading African American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. News articles, photos, advertisements, obituaries, cartoons, etc. Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1910-1975.
  • Civil War in Words and Deeds

    Army life 1861-1865 through regimental histories and first-person accounts. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1865-1920.
  • Civil War: Part 1: A Newspaper Perspective

    Major articles, editorials, advertisements, and biographies taken from the New York Herald, the Charleston Mercury, and the Richmond Enquirer. Coverage: November 1, 1860-- April 15, 1865.
  • Colonial State Papers

    England's governance of, and activities in, the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies. Digitized versions of the Privy Council and Related Bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers (Collection CO 1 from The National Archives, London) and the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739. Fully searchable. Coverage: 1574-1757.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library

    Primary sources and original research held by the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg. Includes manuscripts; historical, archaeological, and architectural research reports; York County probate inventories; and the Virginia Gazette 1736-1780. Coverage: 17th-early 19th centuries.
  • Complete Civil War (DVD-ROM at Swem)

    Includes: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies; Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies; an atlas; a medical and surgical history; the Southern Historical Society Papers; Campaigns of the Civil War; and biographical books on Confederate generals.
  • CQ AlmanacMobile-friendly

    Annual coverage of the people, elections, legislation, and controversies in the US Congress. In-depth reviews and analyses. Coverage: 1945-present.
  • CQ Political Reference SuiteMobile-friendly

    Government, politics, and US history. Full text of popular reference resources, including Politics in America, Guide to Congress, Encyclopedia of Political Science, and Voter Turnout in the United States 1788-2009. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • Credo Reference

    Reference books in all subjects: encyclopedias, thesauri, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations encyclopedias, etc. Searchable full text. Coverage: Varies by title. Access available to unlimited users.
  • Dissertations and Theses

    Doctoral dissertations and master's theses from around the world (but primarily from the US). Coverage: Citations 1861-present, full text 1997-present.
  • Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

    Traces the progress of the Constitution and Bill of Rights through each of the thirteen states’ conventions. Convention and legislative records, private papers, newspapers, broadsides, and pamphlets. Fully searchable. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage: 1776-1791.
  • Documents on British Policy Overseas

    Provides users with access to a wide range of primary source documents from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shedding light on throughout the twentieth century. Selected and edited by the official historians of the FCO, Documents on British Policy Overseas includes many documents specifically de-classified for inclusion in the series.
  • Dolley Madison Digital Edition

    All known correspondence of Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage ongoing, begins 1788.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)

    Books and other items printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere. Coverage: 1473-1700.
  • East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy

    Political, military, economic, social, industrial, and other internal conditions and events in East Germany. Predominantly instructions to and dispatches from US diplomatic and consular personnel. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1950-1963.
  • Economy and War in the Third Reich

    The German economic situation during the Third Reich up to and throughout World War II. Statistical data from three official German publications. In German and English. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1933-1944.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

    English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain from 1701-1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Searchable full text. Coverage: 1701-1800.
  • Electronic Enlightenment

    Wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century — reconstructing one of the world's great historical “conversations.” Access to 63,967 historical documents and 8,002 correspondents.
  • Encyclopaedia of Islam

    Searchable version of the text of volumes I to XI and Supplement (Volume XII) of the 2nd edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam (ed. P. Bearman, Brill, 2002--).
  • English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

    Citations to more than 460,000 books, serials, pamphlets, advertisements, songs, election propaganda, and other ephemeral material published mainly in the British Isles and North America. From the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries. Database now freely available from the British Library. Coverage: 1473-1800.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
  • Ethnographic Video Online

    Human culture and behavior, including anthropology, ethnography, and social psychology. Streaming video of documentaries, indigenous media, footage from anthropologists in the field, and select feature films. Coverage: 1922-present.
  • Europa World

    Presents political and economic information on countries and territories as well as international organizations. Features statistical data and directories.
  • European Views of the Americas, 1493-1750

    Citations to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. Based on the bibliography European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750, by John Alden and Dennis Landis. Coverage: 1493-1700.
  • Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s

    The civil rights and anti-war movements, communism, Black-nationalist and white-supremacist “hate” groups, the Socialist Workers Party, and American radicalism. Documents from the files of the FBI. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1956-1971.
  • Federal Surveillance of African Americans

    Real and perceived African American radicalism in the 20th century, including the federal scrutiny, harassment, and prosecution to which African Americans of all political persuasions were subjected. From the files of the FBI. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1920-1984.
  • Fuente AcademicaSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)Mobile-friendly

    Agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology. Scholarly journal articles from Latin America, Portugal, and Spain. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • Gale Newsvault

    Cross-searching experience for exploring Gale's range of historical newspaper and collections. Users can simultaneously search or browse across multiple products owned by their institution, including: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers, Parts I and II; 19th Century U.S. Newspapers; Illustrated London news historical archive; Picture Post historical archive; Times digital archives; Times literary supplement historical archive; and more.
  • Global Missions and Theology

    Christian missionary activities, practices, and thought in the US. Personal narratives, organizational records, and biographies. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1800-1899.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies

    Latin America: anthropology, art, economics, geography, government & politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, and sociology. Citations to scholarly books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. Coverage: 1936-present.
  • HarpWeekSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)

    Harper’s Weekly, the news and literary journal published in New York City. Searchable full text, including news, illustrations, cartoons, literature, editorials, and ads. Coverage: 1857-1877.
  • Historical AbstractsSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)Mobile-friendly

    All aspects of world history (excluding the US and Canada) since 1450. Journal articles, books, reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc. Coverage: 1954-present.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States

    Quantitative data for all aspects of American history. Electronic version of Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition (Cambridge UP, 2006). Coverage: 1790-1996.
  • Hollywood, Moral Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code

    Collection of documents from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration. The 500 titles selected from the holdings of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1927-1968.
  • The Homophile Movement: Papers of Donald Stewart Lucas

    Collection of documents from the activist and professional activities of Donald S. Lucas. Contains an abundance of material relating to the early homosexual civil rights movement (the homophile movement) and the San Francisco manifestation of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Includes: correspondence, meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, newsletters, manuscripts, financial documents, reports, statistics, legal decisions, surveys, counseling records, funding proposals, and subject files. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1941-1976.
  • House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817

    Chronicles issues considered on the floor, votes and other actions taken, excerpts from executive department communications, and member responses. Covers the first 14 Congresses of the US. Coverage: 1789-1817.
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

    Online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full color and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations.
  • India, Raj & Empire

    Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this searchable online resource provides access to digital facsimiles of diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works. The collection documents the relationship between Britain and India in an empire where the Scots played a central role as traders, generals, missionaries, viceroys, governor-generals and East India Company officials. The dates of the documents range from 1710 to 1937.
  • International Medieval Bibliography

    Interdisciplinary coverage of the Middle Ages (300-1500). Citations to journal articles and some books published in Europe, North America, Australasia, Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. Coverage: 1967-present.
  • Jewish Studies SourceMobile-friendly

    Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Journal and newspaper articles, books, and biographies. Coverage: 1922-present.
  • Journal of Emily Shore

    Diary of a young English woman who wrote from the age of eleven until her death from consumption at the age of nineteen. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage: 1831-1839.
  • JSTOR

    Multidisciplinary full-text journal articles from 1,500 major journals. Please note: In many cases, JSTOR does not include the most recent 3 to 5 years of these journals. Please use other databases to retrieve recent articles, especially for current events topics. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • JSTOR for Alumni

    Multidisciplinary full-text journal articles from 1,500 major journals. Please note: In many cases, JSTOR does not include the most recent 3 to 5 years of these journals. Coverage: Varies by title. W&M Alumni access: JSTOR for Alumni link leads to my1693 Alumni Association account; log in to access JSTOR. 2007+ alumni can also use the regular JSTOR database with their W&M userid and password. Also, JSTOR’s Early Journal Content provides free access to everyone for very early journals.
  • Letters of Matthew Arnold

    Complete text of The Letters of Matthew Arnold (ed. Cecil Y. Lang,University Press of Virginia, 1996–2001). Searchable letters of the 19th-century poet and cultural critic. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage: 1829-1888.
  • Making of the Modern World

    Economic and business activity in the West, including agriculture, commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade, and transportation. Fully searchable. From the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature. Coverage: 1450-1850.
  • New York Amsterdam News

    African American newspaper, published weekly in New York City. News articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, etc. Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1922-1993.
  • New York Times, 1851-2009

    Full-page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Coverage: 1851-2009.
  • NewsBank/Readex

    Collection of historical primary-source databases. See titles of individual databases for further information. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets

    Alternative perspectives on the key issues of the 1800s: political, social, economic, technological, and environmental. Includes the National Liberal Club Pamphlets, Earl Grey Pamphlets, Knowsley Pamphlet Collection, LSE Library Pamphlet Collection, Hume Tracts, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pamphlets, and Cowen Tracts. Coverage: 1545-1900.
  • Nineteenth Century Masterfile

    19th-century and early 20th-century studies. Includes Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906). Citations to magazine articles, books, newspapers, patents, and US/UK government documents. Coverage: 1774-1920, varies by index.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

    Politics, society, literature, diplomacy, theater, music, high & popular culture, etc. Books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, and statistics. Coverage: 1800-1899.
  • Norfolk Journal and Guide

    One of the best researched and well written African American newspapers of its time. News articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, etc. Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1921-2003.
  • Online Egyptological Bibliography

    An online version and continuation of the Annual Egyptological Bibliography (AEB), published in print 1947-2001, combined with the Bibliographie Altägypten (BA), providing coverage of Egyptological literature from 1822 to 2002, as well as partial coverage of 2003-2008.
  • Overland Journeys: Travels in the West

    Accounts from settlers. Based on The Plains and Rockies: A Critical Bibliography of Exploration, Adventure, and Travel in the American West, 1800-1865; and The Trail West: A Bibliography-Index to Western American Trails, 1841-1869. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1800-1880.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism

    Peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on Buddhism as a diverse field which combines religion, philosophy, history, art history, philology and textual studies, as well as informing a variety of comparative studies. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online

    Global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture. Reference sources, scholarly & introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Coverage: Current. Unlimited user access.
  • Papers of Alexander Hamilton Digital Edition

    Considered the authoritative edition of the correspondence and papers of Hamilton. Searchable across all volumes. Edited by Harold C. Syrett et al. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage: 1768-1804.
  • Papers of George Washington Digital Edition

    Considered the authoritative edition of the correspondence and papers of Washington. Searchable across all volumes. Begun by editors Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig and continued by Edward Lengel. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage ongoing, begins 1744.
  • Papers of James Madison Digital Edition

    Considered the authoritative edition of the correspondence and papers of Madison. Searchable across all volumes. Begun by editors William T. Hutchinson and William M. E. Rachal and continued by Barbara Oberg. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage: 1751-1820.
  • Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition

    Considered the authoritative edition of the correspondence and papers of Jefferson. Searchable across all volumes. Begun by editor Julian Boyd and continued by Barbara Oberg. A Rotunda Collections database. Coverage ongoing, begins 1760.
  • Past Portal

    Provides access to Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s online archive of research reports, manuscripts, probate inventories, and Virginia Gazette issues published in Williamsburg from 1736 to 1780. The Digital Library has now been integrated into the Research section of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s website. Coverage: 17th-18th centuries.
  • Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800

    Prominent early American newspaper published in Philadelphia. Articles, editorials, letters, news items, and advertisements. Fully searchable. Coverage: 1728-1800.
  • Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog

    Marriages, obituaries, emigration patterns, customs, important events, etc., from the Village Record, published in West Chester, PA. Coverage: 1818-1870.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County (1819-1870)

    Documents the move to industrialization from a predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. Articles, advertisements, vital statistics, etc., from 8 newspapers published in the area. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • Pennsylvania Packet

    The first successful daily newspaper in America, published in Philadelphia. Coverage: 1776-1779.
  • Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783 (CD-ROM at Swem)

    Music, dance, theater, and poetry. Citations to articles in American newspapers from the earliest extant copy (1690) through the end of the Revolutionary War (1783), including those in the French and German languages.
  • Picture Post Historical Archive

    Weekly newspaper published in Great Britain that defined the style of photojournalism in the 20th century. Complete and searchable. Coverage: 1938-1957.
  • Policing the Shanghai International Settlement

    A self-governing area of British, Russian, American, German, Japanese, and French expatriates. Includes files from the Special Branch of the Shanghai Municipal Police, reports, handbills, translations of Chinese press coverage, and clippings from the English-language press. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1894-1985.
  • Pravda Digital Archive

    Newspaper published in Moscow that was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Fully searchable. In Russian. Coverage: 1912-2009.
  • ProQuest

    Collection of databases devoted to disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. See titles of individual databases for further information. Coverage: Varies by database.
  • Readers' Guide RetrospectiveMobile-friendly

    All disciplines. Citations to magazine articles from the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the US. Coverage: 1890-1982.
  • Republic of New Afrika: Independence, Reparations, and Citizenship

    Activities of the Republic of New Afrika leaders, power struggles within the organization, its growing militancy, and its affiliations with other black militant organizations. Documentation collected by the FBI, including newspaper and periodical articles, books, pamphlets, broadsides, leaflets, etc. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1968-1980.
  • Rotunda Collections

    Collection of databases devoted to disciplines in history and the humanities. See titles of individual databases for further information. Coverage: Varies by title.
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

    Early American history and culture. Books, pamphlets, serials, and other works about North, Central, and South America, also the Caribbean. Coverage: 1500-1926.
  • Senate Executive Journals, 1789-1980

    The deliberations of American senators on a wide variety of events, organizations, and people, with a strong focus on nominations across military, judicial, and executive branches, and on international treaties. 1st Congress through the 96th Congress. Coverage: 1789-1980.
  • State Papers Online

    Early modern British and European history. English government, including social & economic affairs, law & order, religious policy, exploration, crown possessions & intelligence gathering, as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy. English government documents. Coverage: 1509-1714.
  • Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China Relations

    The student demonstrations and their aftermath, including crackdowns on Chinese civil rights. Public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings, etc. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1989-1993.
  • Times Digital Archive (London Times)

    The world's "newspaper of record." Includes entire newspaper, all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos. Fully searchable. Does NOT include the Sunday Times. Coverage: 1785-1985.
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

    Weekly literature review published in London. Complete facsimile edition, fully searchable. Book reviews, arts reviews, poems, letters, and commentary pieces. Coverage: 1902-2007.
  • U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950

    Political affairs, Jews, refugee & relief activities, German-owned property in Rome, property rights, and the Vatican Bank. The collection consists of the State Department’s records of the President's personal representative to Pope Pius XII. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1940-1950.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

    Records and briefs from over 150,000 cases brought before the US Supreme Court. Also contains full-text searching of more than 350,000 documents, including appellant's and appellee's briefs, oral transcripts, and petitions for writ of certiorari. Coverage: 1832-1978.
  • Virginia Company Archives Online

    Includes fully searchable previously unpublished transcripts of over 500 documents from the Virginia Company Archives; records of the Virginia Company of London; complete Ferrar Papers from Magdalene College, Cambridge; and a wide range of maps, illustrations, and other works. Coverage: 1590-1790.
  • Virginia Gazette

    News covering all of Virginia, also information from other colonies, Scotland, England, and other countries. Published weekly in Williamsburg, VA. Coverage: 1736-1780.
  • Virginia Heritage DatabaseSponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (www.vivalib.org)

    Virginia history and culture. Finding aids with descriptions of manuscript and archival collections in universities, colleges, and institutions in Virginia. Coverage: 1607-present.
  • War Department and Indian Affairs

    The relationship between the US government and Native American nations. Letters to and from the War Department, speeches, proceedings of conferences, licenses of traders, passports for “Indian country,” instructions to commissioners, superintendents, agents & other officials, etc. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1800-1824.
  • War of 1812 : diplomacy on the high seas

    A collection of documents from the National Archives and the U.S. Department of State Library dealing with private armed vessels used during the War of 1812. Documents include correspondence concerning letters of marque for privateers, agreements for the exchange of prisoners of war, passenger lists of vessels sailing from the U.S., and intercepted correspondence. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1814 (with some documents from 1789-1807).
  • Web of Science

    All areas of research. Includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index—Science, and Conference Proceedings Citation Index—Social Sciences & Humanities. Unique feature: ability to search citations to a person's work in footnotes and bibliographies. Coverage: 1900-present.
  • Witchcraft in Europe and America

    The theological, legal, and social implications of witchcraft. Printed works, transcripts of trials, eyewitness accounts, court records, dissertations, etc. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1500-1930.
  • Women's Issues and Their Advocacy within the White House

    The progression of women’s rights through documents presented to President Ford from The Special Assistant to the President for Women. Meeting minutes, briefing papers, correspondence, talking points, speeches, news clippings, etc. An Archives Unbound database. Coverage: 1974-1977.