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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.

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."

  • CU Library Catalog
    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.

History Databases

  • ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
    Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with fourteen learned societies, nearly 100 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.
  • 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    This unique historical reference compendium allows instant access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series.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
    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).
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    A database that enables users to locate biographical entries of people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.
  • 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.
    The Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, III, IV, V, VI & VII include complete back runs of many core research & society published journals in history, science, math, humanities, & social sciences. See collection I, collection II, collection III, collection IV, collection V journal lists, collection VI journal lists, and collection VII journal lists

Interdisciplinary Databases relevant to History Research


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Phone: 616-254-1662
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Mondays 2-5 PM; Wednesdays 8-11:30 AM
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