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In its broadest sense, History is the branch of knowledge covering all recorded human events around the globe. This guide will help you get started on researching topics from this complex and diverse subject.
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Article Databases

  • America: History & Life
    Articles are derived from more than 2,100 journals, of which about 900 are published in the United States and Canada. Includes journals of state and local historical societies, as well as relevant articles published in journals from the social sciences, general humanities, and other related disciplines.
    JSTOR (an acronym for Journal Storage) is a non-profit effort to build a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature. Comprised of full-text journals, the Consortium Library collection emphasizes the arts and sciences.
  • Project Muse
    Provides tables of contents, and full text searchability for over 170 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The articles include hyperlinked footnotes, large illustrations, and text designed for on-line reading and printing. Journal holdings vary from title to title, typically going back to 1995.


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CREDO Reference Search

This box will search all of your Credo Reference History titles.

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RefWorks / Manage Your Research


RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Set up an account using your UAA/APU user ID and Password, and start organizing and sharing your research.


Primary & Secondary Sources

When researching your topic, a distinction between PRIMARY and SECONDARY sources must be considered.

Generally, PRIMARY sources were created at the time of an historical event, or by a participant in that event.  Primary sources represent a "window in time", and can most closely convey historical events.  Examples include:

  • Diary entries
  • Personal narratives
  • photographs

SECONDARY sources are derived from the works already written, recorded or published.  Most history books are SECONDARY sources, relying on previously written accounts.


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