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Encyclopedias & More: History

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American National Biography Online

ANB is a biographical resource on American history and culture. It includes 17,453 original biographies from the print editions in addition to new biographies by leading historians added every three months and quarterly updates incorporating new scholarship and factual information. There are over 80,000 hypertext links.


The database offers an important destination for searching historical documents, personal papers, and family histories within archives around the world. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

Encyclopedia of American Immigration

The database aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the role of immigration in American history and up-to-date perspectives on contemporary immigration.

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History

Explores the events, policies, people, ideas, institutions, groups, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States. With contributions from scholars in the fields of history and political science, this encyclopedia provides students, researchers, and scholars the opportunity to examine the political evolution of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. It identifies and illuminates patterns and interrelations in American political institutions, culture, and behavior.

Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition

This thoroughly revised five-volume reference work (last release was 1975), available both in print and electronic editions, reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – The new and updated database includes 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2005.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

An authoritative, dynamic online resource for students and faculty, the database brings together the best current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. This fully integrated resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in the field and covers areas such as global Islamic history, the faith and concepts of Islam, the people, tenets and practices, politics, culture, and more. The site is regularly updated and will incorporate many newly commissioned essays.