History Reference Books available through Cardinal Meyer Library:

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New History Books available through Cardinal Meyer Library:

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Electronic Resources

Academic Search Premier*
A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Indexes free online journals in the sciences and humanities.

EBSCOhost Databases
Search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously. Custom select any number of databases from the library’s complete list available through EBSCO.

Films on Demand
A web-based digital video delivery service for streaming over 6000 educational videos from Films Media Group.

Google Scholar
Accesses online journals and institutional repository/ self-submitted scholarly articles.

History Reference Center*
Comprehensive full-text database containing periodicals, books, biographies, documents, photos, maps, and videos.

Humanities International Complete*
Provides comprehensive coverage of the humanities with full-text content.

Access to open and free content only

Project Muse
Free content only.

SAGE Premier
SAGE Journals in Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Health Sciences, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Urban Studies & Planning.

The CIA World Factbook
Central Intelligence Agency’s current information about all countries including flags, maps, demographics, historical and geographical background, statistical and government information.

Thomas: Legislative Information
Allows legislation to be tracked through Congress from start to finish. See how officials voted on legislation. Get full text of legislation and its status. Also includes public law, congressional record, committee reports/homepages, history of how laws are made in the United States, etc.

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Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.

Documentary films from Films on Demand:

Ancient Worlds Series (5:10:26)
Ancient Worlds is a fascinating voyage of discovery through the birth of nations and nationhood, from the development of religion and first uses and abuses of power and inheritance, to the delicate balance between the rule of law and the freedoms of society. The six-part series covers the Middle East, Egypt, the Russian Caucasus, and the Mediterranean—all featured alongside interviews with eminent historians, local experts, and archaeologists. From the cities of Mesopotamia to the Bronze Age, the Persian Wars, Alexander the Great, and Rome, this landmark series brings kings, warriors, merchants, and philosophers back to life, showing how the successes and failures of the ancients shaped the world that we have inherited.

Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire Series (8:14:55)
Filled with dramatic reenactments and action-packed battle scenes, this 11-part series tells the story of the Roman Empire, from its violent birth to its violent end. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. 11-part series, 45 minutes each.

The Crusades Series (2:25:09)
Bloody and brutal, the Crusades were meant to be the religious wars to end all others. Except they didn’t, and in modern times, their history has been hijacked by politics and religious fervor, with both the Muslim and the Western worlds misunderstanding the truth. This three-part series, hosted by medieval history scholar Dr. Thomas Asbridge, sheds new light on the Crusades, and using detailed archaeology, fresh scrutiny of ancient sites, and long-discarded eyewitness testimony, reveals what really happened eight centuries ago. A BBC Production. 3-part series, 50 minutes each.

Europe in the Middle Ages: A Way Out of Darkness Series (3:33:32)
This stunning four-part series uses living history to explore the Four Estates of the Middle Ages. Through brilliant reenactments and elaborate reconstructions, the environments and activities of monks, knights, peasants, and burghers come to life. Imbued with fresh, detailed historical perspective, Europe in the Middle Ages suggests a reinterpretation of the Dark Ages as a period of cultural revolution. Portions are in other languages with English subtitles. 4-part series, 53 minutes each.

World War II: The World at War (30:53)
Starting with Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, this program follows the United States through its mobilization for war and into battle in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. It also explains the dramatic domestic changes that total war made necessary—from rationing and recycling, to war bonds and government economic controls, to new roles for women in society—and the dawning of the Atomic Age, with its perilous implications for the postwar world.


World History Teaching and Learning Resources

Library of Congress Country Studies

HistoryWorld Timelines



University of Wisconsin Digital Library Collections

Wisconsin Electronic Reader

The State Historical Society of Wisconsin


American Memory

Smithsonian Source

First Nations Histories

Africans in America

The Federalist Papers

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

George Washington Papers

Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive

War of the Rebellion

Civil War Women

Frederick Douglass Papers 

Western History/ Genealogy


The Great Chicago Fire

New Deal Network

National Archives World War II Records

American Foreign Policy in the Cold War

Korean War

The Wars for Viet Nam: 1945- 1975

Veterans History Project

POTUS: Presidents of the United States


Early Modern World History Sourcebook

Images of Antarctica

Polynesian Voyaging Society Archives

The Colonization of Australia

History of Asia

East Asian History Sourcebook

India and Its Neighbors

Mahatma Gandhi Information Website

The Silk Road Foundation

The Middle East Media Research Institute

The Story of Africa

The Colonization of Africa

Africa South of the Sahara


European History Primary Sources 

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

Collapse of the Soviet Union

World War I Document Archive

D-Day Memorial

Encyclopedia Titanica

First World War

The Irish Potato Famine

The Holocaust History Project

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources

Perseus Hopper: Classics Digital Library

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center

History of South America


Library of Congress Country Studies

Geography Quizzes

Historical Maps of the United States

University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

U.S. Department of State Background Notes

Landform Glossary

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