United States History eResearch


Researching contemporary problems or current issues?
Check out the databases on the "Current Issues and General Topics" eResearch page!

U. S. History Databases

African-American History Online

African-American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history."+ VideoTour


American History (Reference Database*)
"From the first explorers in the New World to the developments in today's headlines, American History database investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution."+ User's Guide


American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience."+ Video Tour


American Indian History Online
Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage."+
Video Tour


American Women's History Online

"Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States."+

Annals of America

Annals of America (Primary Source Database*)
Produced by the Encyclopedia Britannica, this database provides primary source documents on American History.
VideoTour or Guided Tour


European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750


Issues & Controversies in American History (Packet Database*)
This database is searchable and "delivers concise,balanced articles that provide background, outcomes,and contemporary points of view . . . in American History."+ Additional resources include primarysource documents, biographies, time-lines, images, statistical charts, and encyclopedia articles.


U.S. History in Context (Article or Aggregator Database*)
"U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today."
Video Tutorials: Navigating the Home Page, Searching, or Topics and Documents

BCCLS Databases

PROQUEST Historical Newspapers

PROQUEST Historical Newspapers
Available with your BCCLS card number, through the public library website, Proquest databases index newspapers, including the New York Times back to 1851.+ Video Tutorial

U. S. History eBooks

Virtual Library - Gale-Cengage

Virtual Library - Gale-Cengage
This virtual collection contains hundreds of reference titles on all subjects.

Video Tutorials: Basics, Browse and Search, Advanced Searches, or Print: Tip Sheet

Example: American Decades Primary Sources

Example: American Decades Primary Sources
This is a companion to the American Decades reference book series. "Each volume in the set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. "


Salem press History eBook Collection

User's Guide

U. S. Government Databases

American Government

American Government
American Government explains the foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries."+ Guided Tour and Quick Tips

U.S. Popular Culture Database

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, and

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, and
"Pop Culture Universe: Icons Idols Ideas (PCU) is an irresistible yet authoritative digital database on popular culture in America, both past and present—in a package as dynamic as the topic it covers."+ This resource is arranged by decade.
Guided Tour and Quick Tips

General History Databases


Daily Life Through History

This database covers aspects of life in America from the time of European exploration to the present. Search by topic, time period, or region of the country. Help with writing the research paper is available at "Research Tutors" in the "Skills Center" on the right navigation bar. User's Guide


History Reference Center - EBSCO #
This resource provides information on both World and U. S. History. Video Tutorial


Modern World History Online - Facts on File
"Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history from mid-15th century to the present."

World History: Modern - ABC-Clio

World History: Modern - ABC-Clio
Spanning the globe from 1500 to the present, this comprehensive database combines a wealth of research sources.+ User's Guide

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society - ABC-Clio

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society - ABC-Clio
"Recently revised, improved, and expanded, this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today."+
User's Guide


World Geography and Culture Online

"A global approach to facilitate the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills."

Biography Database


Biography Collection Complete - EBSCO #
"Biography Collection Complete offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases."+ Video Tutorial


Biography Reference Bank - EBSCO #

Biography in Context - Gale-Cengage 

Biography in Context - Gale-Cengage #
"Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography."+ Go to the BCCLS Website to access this database which "integrates biographies with articles from hundreds of magazines, as well as images and links to hand-picked web sites." +
Video Tutorials: Navigating the Home Page, Searching, and Topics and Documents

Biography eBooks


Encyclopedia of World Biography
A biographical source that covers notable people from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.+

Power Searches


ABC-CLIO Social Studies Web
Access the six history databases from ABC-CLIO through this page.
Video Tutorial


Google Scholar

Facts On File online database portal

Facts On File online database portal
Access all of the Facts on File history databases from this page.

Power Search - Gale 

Power Search - Gale
Search through all of the Gale Cengage databases and eBooks simultaneously.
Video Tutorials: Basic Search, or  Browse and Search


+ = Annotations provided by publishers

# = Databases provided by the New Jersey State Library