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Journals and articles:

To find scholarly journal articles select the Databases or Journals tabs.

Online Resources:

Select Online Reference Works or Recommended Websites for valuable free resouces

Ancient History:

See the Ancient Studies Subject Guide

Research help:

History Librarian, Dr. Fred Sweet, is available by email or office visit , in addition to his regular times at the Library Research Assistance desk: (616) 254.1662




  Finding Books

Books about history can be found in two main ways: by searching the online CU Library Catalog and by browsing the Library's collection.

When searching the online catalog, a basic search will let you search by keyword, title, author, subject or call number. An advanced search will let you search by a combination of these fields, as well as by format, language, location, and date.

Library of Congress Classifications

The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing the shelves at Miller Library for additional materials on history. The majority of the 'C, D, E, F, G' call numbers are on the second floor. Additional materials (such as DVDs, Atlases, and reference books) may be found on the ground floor.

  • C: Auxiliary sciences of History (Civilization, archaeology, chronology, geneology, & biography)
  • D: History (General) & European History
  • E: US History (general)
  • F: US history, Canada, Latin America
  • G: Geography, anthropology, recreation & leisure, customs

History eBooks: Miller Library has several thousand ebooks on the subject of history. Using the Advanced Search option, enter your subject or keyword and then select eBooks for the Material Type. Several large collections, such as Cambridge Histories Online, are noted under the tab "eBooks in History."

History Databases

  • History E-Book Project (ACLS)
    Over 500 history ebooks from the American Council of Learned Societies.
  • History Study Center
    A rich full-text history database from Proquest.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    This unique historical reference compendium allows instant access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series. With access to the most up to date and authoritative scholarly content, Cambridge Histories Online is an invaluable resource, for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers alike. All the available volumes are grouped into topics, making it quick and easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas.
  • MeL (Michigan eLibrary)
    Brought to you by the Library of Michigan, the Michigan eLibrary is an anywhere, anytime information gateway to selected Internet resources, full text magazines, newspapers, electronic books, online practice tests and more. Search this database for Michigan history.
    Includes Facts On File World News Digest, Issues and Controversies On File, and Reuters On-Line News Service (last 2 weeks).
  • BiographyIndex (FirstSearch)
    Look here for an Index to a wide range of biographical material.
  • Heritage Quest Online
    Features searching of information related to census records, family and local history books, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank, and the U.S. Serial Set.

Interdisciplinary Databases relevant to History Research

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
    An InfoTrac database filled with full text and images for a broad collection of academic disciplines.
  • General Reference Center Gold
    Full-text general database through InfoTrac (1980- ).
  • InfoTrac (GALE PowerSearch)
    A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Choose History or Social Science
  • Project Muse


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