History Research

For local history resources, please visit our Genealogy/Local History page.

Library Databases for History Research

Login to these resources with your library barcode number.

Reference Sources

History Research Center – find articles, primary sources, images, videos, or news on a wide range of history topics. You can also choose to limit your search to these ‘Centers’ or subsets:

World Book Encyclopedia – search for articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps.

World Geography and Culture Online – includes a ‘History Overview’ and Timeline for countries of the world.

World Almanac for Kids – not just for kids! This provides concise but comprehensive articles on history topics, as well as primary sources and images.

Magazine and Journal Articles

Masterfile Premier – a multi-subject database offering magazine articles and primary source documents.

Academic Search Premier – a large academic multi-subject database, offering magazine, newspaper and academic journal articles.

If you find an article for which there is no ‘full text’ provided, try the Article Finder service. You’ll either be immediately directed to a free copy of the article, or to our interlibrary loan form where you can submit a request for a copy.


Historical Newspapers: New Jersey Collection

Search and view the full text of these NJ newspapers:

  • Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ) — covers 1905-2009
  • Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ)— covers 1961-2010
  • Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)— covers 1949-2009
  • The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ)— covers 1925-2011
  • Daily Record (Morristown, NJ)— covers 1974-2012
  • Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ)— covers 1903-2009
  • Plainfield Courier (Plainfield, NJ) – covers 1891-1961

The Star Ledger – search the text files of articles dating back to 1989.

U.S. Major Daily Newspapers – search for articles from the 1980s through today from these papers:

  • The New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Wall Street Journal

Additional Resources

JSTOR Search – JSTOR provides access to journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. The Library does not subscribe, but you can search for their free full-text articles by selecting ‘Content I can access’.

Google Scholar – searches scholarly literature and academic resources and provides links to full-text where freely available.