The following databases are useful for finding academic articles in history journals. See also ths section below on selected primary resource databases useful for uncovering original (primary sources) such as newspapers and government information dealing with empire and the legacy of colonialism.
America: History and Life. Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Historical Abstracts. Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Articles covered were written from 1954 to the present
JSTOR. Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
Periodicals Archive Online (formerly PCI Full Text). An online periodical archive that provides access to some 475 digitized journals in the humanities and social sciences. A sister database, Periodicals Index Online, provides additional indexing for articles in over 4,700 periodicals.
Project MUSE.Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.
Bibliography of British and Irish History. Covers historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available. To access database, click on Enter databases, then click on Bibliography of British and Irish History
Bibliography of Slavery and World Slavery. Searchable database of references to scholarly works in all disciplines and western European languages on slavery and slaving throughout the world. It includes most known print and digital materials published since 1900 covering historical and modern times.
Victorian Database Online. Indexes over 500 journals, books, and dissertations concerning Victorian Britain (defined as 1830-1914), in every field of nineteenth-century British studies. This is an online version of the Cumulative Bibliography of Victorian Studies.
The Bancroft Library. One of the most outstanding special collections in the country. Includes the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana and Latin Americana, the University Archives, the Mark Twain Papers, and the Regional Oral History Office. See the for a selection of finding aids.Online Archive of California
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index. Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives with bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966. Documents in this resource cover the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent: from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. All items marked "Confidential Print" were circulated to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.
Economist Historical Archive. Includes the complete searchable copy of more than 8000 issues of The Economist since it was first published in 1843 through 2007. Also includes supplements, special Issues and surveys.
Empire Online. Includes 70,000 images of original manuscript and printed documents to support study and research in the field of colonial and empire studies. In addition to original documents, this database contains scholarly essays and analysis.
Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980. The complete British Foreign Office Files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in this period from 1949 (when the Chinese Communist Party won power) to 1976 (the year of Mao Zedong's death). These resources are from the National Archives, Kew, the UK government's official archive.
Historical Newspapers Online Indexes newspapers covering all aspects of British life and world affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries. Contains four major historical resources: Palmer's Index to the Times which covers The Times (London, 1790-1905); The Official Index to the Times (1906-1980); The Historical Index to the New York Times (1863- 1922); and Palmer's Full Text Online (1785-1870).
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. Provides full-text access to thousands of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Parliamentary Papers. Includes all the "sessional papers" of the British Parliament: bills, reports of committees, papers presented by Royal Commissions and government departments, treaties and international agreements, command papers, and statistics.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO). Primary source material from the nineteenth century and beyond. Particularly strong in British politics and society, European literature from 1790-1840 (via the Corvey collection), Asia and the West, and British popular culture
Times Digital Archive. Online access, fully searchable full text of over 200 years (1785 to 1985, with 1986 to 2003 added later this year) of The London Times, the "world's newspaper of record."
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Voyages). Primary resource documenting the African slave trade. Includes detailed information concerning over 35,000 voyages from 1514 to 1866 with names, statistics, images and other information.