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Academic Video Online (AVON)

Supports Multiple Research Clusters. An extensive, searchable collection of academic videos ranging many disciplines. A good general reference starting point for research. Topics include: anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, and music among others. Formats include documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels.

ACLU American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 is a collection of papers which spans the majority of the twentieth century, from 1912 to 1990. It has its focus on civil rights, civil liberties, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The archive complements modules in the Making of Modern Law series including Legal Treatises, 1800-1926; U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978; Primary Sources, 1763-1970; as well as the archives U.S. Declassified Documents Online and Associated Press Collections Online.

African Americans & Jim Crow: Repression & Protest, 1883-1922

A collection of primary sources pertaining to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century program of racial oppression, and the efforts to resist it, in the American South. Subjects include: Civil Rights, social conditions in the South, "separate but equal" policies, white supremacy movements, lynching, and others.

America: History and Life

An index of bibliographic citations to literature on the full history of the United States and Canada. Some citations include links to full-text. Content spans 1964 – Present.

Access is limited to 6 users at a time.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1-5

A collection of newspapers, bulletins, magazines and other serials published from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1 (1693-1820), Series 2 (1821-1837), Series 3 (1838-1852), Series 4 (1853-1865), and Series 5 (1866-1877).

American Civil War Research Database

A searchable collection of primary source material pertaining to the American Civil War. Includes rosters published by the state Adjutants Generals, the Official Records, pension index records, 1860 census records, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records, Roll of Honor records, Medal of Honor records, and regimental histories. Information has been compiled from personal items, graveyards, and newspaper reports. Also contains photographs.

American History in Video

A searchable collection of documentaries from PBS, WGBH Boston, and The History Channel, as well as newsreel films and footage from the National Archives. Users can select videos by themes such as the American Revolution, the Great Depression, the Space Race, and others. All films include full-text transcripts.

American History, 1493-1945

Full-text collection that documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. Sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, database provides thousands of primary and secondary sources over this period. Contains two modules: Module I - Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859, and Module II - Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945.

American National Biography

An extensive directory of short biographies on significant, influential, and infamous figures from throughout American history. Maintained by the American Council of Learned Societies and published by Oxford University Press. Also includes numerous illustrations.

Access is limited to 1 user at a time.

Archive Finder

A current directory which describes over 200,000 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.  It combines the content of Archives USA and National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland.   For the U.S., records come from the Library of Congress’s National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) and the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States.

Archive of Americana

Contains historical collections of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. Collections included: America’s Historical Imprints; America’s Historical Newspapers; American State Papers, 1789-1838; U.S Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994.


Describes and provides information about primary source materials, such as historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more, from over 1,000 different archival institutions.

Archives Unbound

Provides access to digital collections of historical documents. Covers a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.

Arts & Humanities (ProQuest)

Supports STEAM Education Research Cluster. A collection of full-text scholarly articles from across the humanities. Topics include: art and design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theater, and cultural studies. Designed to complement DAAI, MLA International Bibliography, Philosopher’s Index, and RILM Abstracts. Content spans 1973 – Present.

Avalon Project

Provides digitized documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Content spans: 4000 BCE-21st Century

Black Authors, 1556-1922

A collection of writings by black authors including downloadable letters, poems, essays, folktales, and pamphlets. Content spans 1556 - 1922.

British Library Newspapers

Supports multiple Research Clusters. Consists of two major collections from the British Library which span three hundred years of newspaper publishing in the U.K.—17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers and 19th Century Newspapers. Includes full runs of 48 newspapers, national and regional papers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

British Newspapers (1600-1950)

A comprehensive digital historic newspaper archive. It provides access to historic newspapers, newsbooks, ephemera and national & regional papers from British Isles. This interface searches: 17th-18th Century Charles Burney Collection of Newspapers and 19th century British Library Newspapers.

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920

A collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera of Caribbean history and culture. Content spans 1535 - 1920.

Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)

A comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands. Essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century. Largely in English. Created in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society.

Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle

A collection of NAACP Papers, federal government papers, organizational papers, internal memos documenting the Civil Rights movement in the 20th century.

Credo Reference

Supports multilple Research Clusters. A full-text database of reference ebooks, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, handbooks, readers’ guides, atlases, primary source materials, and image and video collections. It includes over 600 titles covering the primary disciplines of Higher Education.

Early American Imprints, Series I-II

A collection of material from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the American Antiquarian Society by Charles Evans, ROGER Bristol, Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. Content spans 1639 - 1809

Early American Newspapers, Series I-VII

A collection of books, pamphlets and broadsides. Topics include American history, literature, culture and daily life with indexing and bibliographic information.

Early Encounters in North America

A collection of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters between native inhabitants and explorers from other countries. Topics include encounter, environment and places, flora, fauna, images, author, year, sources and personal or cultural events. Content spans 1492 - 2003

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Provides access to over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) of works published primarily in the United Kingdom during the Eighteenth Century. Titles mainly published in English. Based on the English Short Title Catalogue, includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, etc.

Empire Online

Supports Big Data and Analytics Research Cluster. Contains full-text primary resources dating from 1492. Includes fully-searchable exploration journals and logs, correspondence, diaries; official government papers; missionary papers; travel writing; slave papers; maps; marketing posters; photographs; and Illustrations, with many in color. Provides thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies.

English Historical Documents

Supports Big Data and Analytics Research Cluster. Contains an annotated collection of primary source documents on British history. Covers the years 500 to 1914. Sources include treaties, statutes, declarations, government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, orders, acts, sermons, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters, and diaries.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750

Based on European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. Contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. Covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples.

Everyday Life & Women in America

Contains thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. Content spans: c1800-1920

FBI File: House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)

A collection of reports centered on the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) major investigations divided into three parts. The first part, 1938-1945, covers clashes between HUAC chairman Martin Dies and the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. the second part, 1946-1969, records the process by which the FBI and HUAC chose their targets. The last part follows HUAC, renamed Internal Security Committee, in its attempt to the protect the FBI from other congressional investigative committees. Content spans 1938 - 1975.

Gale NewsVault

A collection of a range of historical newspapers and periodicals. Access currently includes 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century British Library Newspapers Parts 1 and 2, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive. Content spans 1600 – 1900.

Gerritsen Collection

Provides access to books, pamphlets and periodicals documenting international women’s history and the feminist movement. Content spans 1543 - 1945

Handbook of Latin American Studies

An annotated bibliography on Latin America. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Content spans 1936 - present.

HarpWeek: The Civil War Era & Reconstruction

Provides access to editions of Harper’s Weekly published during the Civil War Era and Reconstruction. Content spans 1857-1877.

HeritageQuest Online

Genealogical research tool containing local history books, Federal Census data sets from 1790-1930, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application File, and PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index of genealogy and local history periodicals. Content spans: 1700s - Current

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection

A collection of digitized North Carolina newspapers. Content spans 1700’s - 2000’s.

Historical Abstracts

Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). All abstracts are written in English. Historical Abstracts also includes book reviews from journals in the field and abstracts of dissertations completed worldwide. Content spans: 1960 - Current.

Access is limited to 6 users at a time.

History Study Center

A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.

International Relations and Military Conflicts

Iter Bibliography

An online bibliography of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Essential use to scholars of the Middle Ages and/or the Renaissance. Includes indexing, citations and some links to full text. Content spans 1784 – present.


Supports multiple Research Clusters. An extensive archive of American and international scholarly journals and books in the humanities, sciences, philosophy, and social sciences.  Provides downloadable PDFs.  Content spans 1800 – 2 years ago.

Making of the Modern World, Parts I, II and III

Provides full-text access to research into the economic history of Western trade. Content spans 1450 - 1945.

Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online

Provides documents covering the political, ecclesiastical, social and economic conditions in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland with some coverage of Continental Europe and the American colonies. Content spans 1100 - 1800.

Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspapers

Supports multiple Research Clusters. Provides full-text, searchable, facsimile-images of nineteenth-century U. S. newspapers depicting events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America. Includes major newspapers as well as those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women’s rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy, and other groups and interests. Also includes illustrated papers.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

Supports multiple Research Clusters. Provides full text access to the personal writings of American women from all classes and walks of life, from colonial times to 1950. Includes published letters and diaries drawn from hundreds of sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings. Contains biographical information on authors when available.

Oxford Handbooks Online

Provides access to handbooks covering a range of topics across many disciplines. ECU subscribes to all available collections in the fields of Archaeology, Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, and Music.

Oxford Scholarship Online

E-books from Oxford University Press covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.

ProQuest Central

Supports multiple Research Clusters. A collection of journals and newspapers encompassing all major subject areas, including Business, Health and Medical, Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, as well as core titles in the Performing and Visual Arts, History, Religion, Philosophy.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Offers full-text and full-image articles for numerous historical and popular newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Pages and articles are available to download in PDF format. Offers researchers valuable primary and first-hand resources. Content spans 1851 – present.

ProQuest Primary Source Collection

Supports multiple Research Clusters. This collection contains 300 multidisciplinary resources including primary source documents, archival collections, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, video and more. Topics include: Art; History; Literature; News, Newspapers, and Periodicals; and Social Sciences.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

Provides access to works about the Americas Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. Content spans: 1500-1926.

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Nichols Newspapers Collection

The collected newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, and broadsheets of the Nichols collection held in the Bodleian library at Oxford, UK. Records events of 17th and 18th century England as well as the history and development of its press. Content spans 1672 - 1737.

SIRS Discoverer

Supports multiple Research Clusters. Full text, multidisciplinary database specifically designed for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators. Topics include: current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

A large collection of materials on individual slaving expeditions in the Trans-Atlantic region between 1527 and 1866. Records provide details about vessels, enslaved peoples and their cultures, slave traders and owners, and trading routes. Includes image gallery.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

A collection of resources on the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Contains documents, a chronology of Women’s History in the United States, and a dictionary of social movements and organizations.

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