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Start here for an overview of the research process in History, with suggested resources.

History Databases

The journal literature in history is divided geographically between two major databases: America: History & Life covers journal articles about the United States and Canada, and Historical Abstracts covers journal literature for world history outside the U.S. and Canada, 1450-present. 

  • Don't forget that books are the most important publishing format for historians, so don't stop with journal articles in your research!

There are also databases that specialize in scholarship of a particular geographic region, or an historical time period. Use the tabs above to browse these specialized databases.

The following databases index journal articles and other scholarship specific to a geographic region. Select one that best fits your area of study. Keep in mind most of these are interdisciplinary, and thus not limited to the scholarship of historians.

Most databases are organized along disciplinary or geographic lines, but there are a few that focus on a specific time period. Most of these relate to ancient and medieval studies.

The following online indexes also provide means to search the scholarship on the history of science. Both are open access initiatives, meaning they are free to use for students and scholars around the world. To locate discovered resources, copy and paste the title into the search box on the FSU Libraries homepage.

Finding Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

You can also conduct a much broader search for journal articles from a variety of disciplines and subject areas. Use OneSearch to expand your search beyond the history-specific databases.

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