Sunday, May 1, 2005

ABC-CLIO History Databases

This extensive resource consists of two inter-related history-oriented bibliographic databases (i.e., they contain citations and abstracts only, but are "Article Linker" enabled, which allows you to see if an article is available in fulltext elsewhere in our collection). Basic options include searching by keyword, subject, author or title. To access the ABC-CLIO databases click on the "All Research Databases" link in the upper left of the library home page.
  • America: History and Life is a research tool for the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Use this if you have to do a project dealing with any topic related to the history of North America, such as the history of social work, labor movements or minority groups, the rise of modern business philosophy or corporate culture, or an examination of voting technology through the decades.

  • Historical Abstracts is a reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding North America, which is covered in America: History and Life above). This database is full of annotated references on topics ranging from the Renaissance to European colonialism and the World Wars to the fall of South African apartheid. It comprises over half a million entries in all.
These databases also feature a very useful research tool called "CLIO Notes" which allows you to drill down by region (e.g., Latin America) and time period (e.g., Industrial Revolution 1865-1900) and then select from a list of major historical events or themes to view a summary and chronology of that event, as well as example research topics and suggested search terms to find articles within that topic.

Search interface:
part of the America, History and Life search page
To access this resource directly click on this link: ABC-CLIO Databases