Starting Points

NU Reference (Gale Virtual Reference Library) – History Collection

Collection of online encyclopedias and reference sources in History. You can search an individual encyclopedia, all of the History titles, or the entire NU Reference collection.

American History Association’s Guide to Historical Literature

Annotated bibliography of secondary sources covering all periods of history and all countries. Available in print at the Kirkland Campus Library.

Article Databases


Articles from core journals in many academic disciplines.

Research Library Complete

Covers all subject areas — find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, dissertations and theses, and more.

Academic Search Premier

One of the best sources for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on all academic subjects.

Primary Source Collections

Loeb Classical Library

Extensive collection of Greek and Latin texts with English translations.

Early American Newspapers

Series 1, 1690-1876. Essential newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia. Offers 340,000 fully searchable issues from over 730 historical American titles, focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

The Nineteenth Century Collections Online contains searchable full-text content from a wide range of primary sources. Two thematic collections are available:

  • British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to 19th century British political and social history, from Home Office records and papers of British statesmen to working class autobiographies and ordnance surveys.
  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century, including government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more.
World War II Archives

Kirkland Campus access only

The World War II Archives contains over half a million pages of original historical documents compiled from collections at the National Archives, offering a wide range of materials chronicling events during the Second World War, providing an in-depth perspective of military activities while also documenting the lives of individual military personnel on land, in the air and at sea.


Guide to searching NU’s archives collections as well as freely available digital archives.

Primary Sources

Guide to finding primary sources in NU’s collections and beyond.


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

The historical map collection has over 41,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Oral History

International Oral History Association

Professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience. Through international conferences, collaborative networks, and support for national oral history organizations, IOHA seeks to foster a better understanding of the democratic nature and value of oral history worldwide. Resources include a list of websites about oral history.

Oral History Association

Membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians. Resources include a list of oral history centers and collections.

Web Sites


Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. Also provides video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation. Sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural).

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online

An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The goals of H-Net networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate about, and collaborate on, current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on internet resources, books, and articles; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

History Matters

Gateway to web resources as well as a repository of unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence for high school and college students and teachers of American history. Created by the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning (Graduate Center, CUNY) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason University).

Library of Congress Country Studies

Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world.

Reviewed 2016