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History Resources

A general guide to finding resources for historical research.

About this page

Now is a great time to be conducting historical research.  More and more primary sources, once accessed only in individual archives, are now being digitized and made available on the web in "digital archives".


This page contains links to several digitization projects.  You can search the web to find others.  If you find a great website, please share it by submitting the link in the box below.

Finding historical information on the web

The following is just a sampling of the many digitized historical collections cropping up all over the web.  You can find many others by searching in Google.

Google Book Search

Books published before 1923 are in the Public Domain, so the full-text of many historical books may be found via Google Book Search.


Additionally, some primary sources have been published in book format, and can be located in the library catalog or via Google Books.

Google Book Search

Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar to find citations to scholarly articles.  While some articles are freely available via the web, many are not.  If you find a useful article citation using Google Scholar, check the Berntsen Library's Journal Title Search to see if you can access the journal via the library.  Otherwise, you may request the article via Inter-Library Loan by submitting a request through ILLiad.

Google Scholar Search