HC 800 History and Culture Foundation Seminar

Research Resources
Secondary Scholarly databases:
  • The three key databases for secondary scholarly historical research are: America History and Life; Historical Abstracts and JStor. However, since the study of history is a multidisciplinary endeavor, it is necessary to use resources listed on relevant Subject pages.
  • Go to an alphabetical list of available databases from the Drew Library.
  • Google Scholar
​Primary Sources:
  • The Drew Library has numerous diaries, papers, etc of historic figures. Search the catalog.
  • Websites listed on the History Subject page provide access to hundreds of primary sources on a array of topics, time periods, geographic areas.
  • The Drew Library has hundreds of 18th, 19th and early 20th Century journals archived in print and microfiche. Readers' Guide Full Text and Retrospective (linked from the A-Z Databases by Title) indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 onward; full text is available for selected periodicals from 1994 to the present.19th Century Masterfile indexes 19th Century British magazines, some of which Drew owns in print.
  • Also consider Drew's archival Government Documents collection shelved on A-level in the Library. 
  • The Library maintains a University Archive and is the home to numerous special collections.
  • The Methodist Archives is a unique repository of source materials, many of which can be used for social history research.

These databases link from the A-Z Databases by Title page:

  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century - Complete texts of six African-American newspapers from the North, ranging from 1837 to 1860. Scroll down past PA Gazette to see the database.
  • America's Newspapers - America's Historical Newspapers provides full text access to more than 1,000 U.S. newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states.
  • Black Studies Center - provides full text access to The Daily Defender and the Chicago Defender (newspapers), scholarly materials, interviews with famous African Americans and more.
  • The Civil War Newspaper Perspective - Contains the full text of selected articles from Northern and Southern newspapers, Nov. 1860-April 1865.
  • Irish Newspapers.
  • New York Times Historical - Searchable full text/page images for the New York Times, 1851 - 2003. (guide).
  • Readers' Guide Full Text and Retrospective -  indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from 1890 onward; full text is available for selected periodicals from 1994 to the present.
  • Nineteenth Century Master File - Indexes to magazines of the 19th century (1800-1899).
  • Ref AI3 .P7 - Poole's index to periodical literature (indexes 19th Century journals)
  • Ref AI3 .W45-  The Wellesley index to Victorian periodicals: 1824-1900

There are several primary resource series in the microform room (map) including:

  • Early English Books  1641-1700
  • Wing Collection - more early English books.
  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports: Surveillance of Radicals in the U.S. 1917-1941
  • Abolition and Emancipation
  • American Periodical Series - The 18th Century

These public websites provide full text access to 18th and 19th century journals:

Also consider large gateway sites such as:

  • Google Books has digitized a lot of primary resources. Coverage is haphazard, but worth a try, especially for materials out of copyright (prior to 1923).
  • Internet Archive has digitized many historical documents, books, reports and more. Also contains loads of archival moving images, music and much more!
  • Hathi Trust a multi-library collaborative effort to digitize out of copyright materials
  • dmoz Open Directory Project - an eclectic compilation of resources, including access to some source documents. History related topics are found under Arts > Humanities > History. "The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors."

Local New Jersey resources

Services for graduate students
Browse the catalog and stacks for books

In addition to doing a Keyword search in the Drew catalog, try the Exact search page and search Subjects related to you topic. Click directly to list of books, or browse a sublist of topics.
Browse the stacks by Dewey classification:
          o 910 - Geography and travel (914 - European geography and travel; 917 - U.S. geography and travel
          o 920 - Biography, genealogy, insignia
          o 930 - History of the ancient world to ca. 499
          o 940 - General history of Europe (further broken up by country, e.g. France 940's)
          o 950 - General hisotry of Asia Far East
          o 960 - General history of Africa
          o 970 - General history of North America (America - 973's)
          o 980 - General history of South America
          o 990 - General history of other areas

Newer history books will be classified in the Library's LC collection. Browse the stacks by LC classification:

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Tel: 973-408- 3481

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