Africa, Asia, Middle EastBritain, the Empire, and IrelandEuropeLatin AmericaUnited States and Canada
Ancient & MedievalEarly Modern18th & 19th C.20th Century
AfghanistanModern Middle East
Early England18th C. Britain19th C. Britain20th C. Britain
Early Modern18th C. Europe19th C. Europe20th C. EuropeRussia and USSR
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Welcome to the History Portal! Start here to find resources available at the JMU Libraries for reseach in History. 

To find specialized primary and secondary sources, use the tabs above to choose a particular region or time period.

Remember, History is Everything!

Subject Guides for other disciplines, e.g., Psychology, Education, Art History, may help you discover useful sources.

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Quick Links - Background Information

  • Blackwell Reference Online - History
    A collection of full-text reference books in history. The Companions are especially helpful to history students. In signed essays by scholars, they address key issues and the ways that historians have approached them.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    A good online collection of more than 800 reference books.

Quick Links - Books and Articles

These databases are those most frequently used by students for history research:

  • JMU Library Catalog  
    Books, videos, sound recordings, music scores, government documents, manuscripts and more.
  • WorldCat  
    Catalog of over 62 million titles cataloged by libraries worldwide. Many of these items may be available through ILL.
  • America: History & Life  
    Covers all historical periods for the U.S. and Canada. Indexes over 1,500 academic journals back to 1955. One of the few databases that allows you to pinpoint your search to a specific decade.
  • Historical Abstracts  
    Covers history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to present. Indexes over 2,000 academic journals back to 1955. One of the few databases that allows you to pinpoint your search to a specific decade.

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