History Reference Center


Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals, and thousands of primary source documents.

Source types include academic journals, magazines, books, reviews, and primary source documents. Image collections include photographs, illustrations, graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, and flags. A Video Encyclopedia covers the 20th Century.

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Topics Include


U.S. History

  • Early America
  • European Colonization of the Americas
  • The Road to the American Revolution
  • Expansion & Manifest Destiny
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Rise of the Industrial U.S.
  • World War I
  • Prosperity, Depression & the New Deal
  • World War II
  • The Cold War & Societal Change
  • New Century, New Challenges

World History

  • Origins of Human Society
  • Early Civilizations
  • Classical Periods
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance & the Age of Exploration
  • 17th & 18th Century
  • 19th Century
  • Twentieth Century through World War I
  • Twentieth Century through World War II
  • The Cold War & Societal Change
  • New Century, New Challenges