North American History
This page contains links to both subscribed resources available through the Archibald Library and recommended free resources.
Academic Search Complete is the world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. It contains a wide range of journal articles and other literature across virtually all academic disciplines.
This electronic resource includes about 4,000 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching, with a particular focus on history titles.
This database focuses on Canadian journals and magazines, providing full text content for over 250 periodical titles.
E-books on EbscoHost (formerly NetLibrary)
This collection contains over 120,000 full-length e-books in virtually every academic discipline, with significant representation in history. The database allows for searching within the text of the books as well as title and subject searching.
Expanded Academic is a multi-disciplinary database of journal articles, with over 2,000 journals not represented in other library databases.
JSTOR (Arts & Science I, II, III, & V)
JSTOR provides access to back issues of important journals in the arts and sciences. The library currently has access to four of their arts and science collections. Subject areas covered include: humanities, social sciences, business, music, and language.
Canadian Newsstand provides fulltext access to a range of major Canadian daily newspapers and weekly papers from the prairies.
This digital repository is an excellent place to find primary sources related to all aspects of Canadian history.
This collection of electronic reference works includes several important encyclopedias on American history.
Recommended Free Databases and Internet Sources:
American Life Histories (Document Archive)
A collection of manuscripts from the federal writers' project (1936-1940) chronicling vivid life stories of Americans who lived at the turn of the century.
at Library of Congress
Written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document and chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas of the Unites States of America.
Archive of Women's
Political Communication (Document Archive)
An online archives of women's political communication including present and past speeches of women political leaders.
University Digitization Portal
Digital information resources for teaching, learning and research.
Canada Portal (Document Archive)
A virtual archive of primary source material relating to the Atlantic Provinces. Each collection features digitized documents and images, accompanied by learning activities and commentary.
Project (Document Archive)
Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
Best of History
Websites (Resource Directory)
Annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
Letters (Document Archive)
A permanent online archive which preserves Canada's wartime correspondence, photographs, and other personal materials, from the battlefront and from the home-front.
Columbia Anthology (Journal)
Articles from COLUMBIA magazine focused on Washington history.
Text and articles with discussions and insightful analysis of early American history (before 1900).
Links to thousands of full-text digital books from commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. Most of these books, texts, and documents are free.
Bois Central (Document Archive)
An online repository of primary materials for the study of African American history and culture. Digitized papers of W.E.B. Du Bois including correspondence, essays, lectures, and notes.
in American Studies (Document Archive)
PDF electronic texts of documents, primary texts, and literature associated with the history and culture of the United States.
Collection at Southern Oregon University (Document
Documents, books, and articles relating to the indigenous peoples of Southern Oregon including the Coos, Hupa, Karuk, Klamath, Modoc, Takelma, Shasta, Siuslaw, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua, Yahooskin, and Yurok nations.
Education Network - Aboriginal Resources
Documents, books, and articles available to read online.
Access part or all of hundreds of thousands of books from university library collections. Google books can also be a great way to search inside books held in the Archibald Library's print collection.
Web-accessible resources on a wide variety of topics available from Harvard University, including historical texts and pictures.
Hathi Trust Digital
Digitized book and journal content including both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as various public libraries.
Electronic resources (books, articles, theses, documents, photographs, archival resources, maps, etc.) compiled for Indigenous Studies by the University of Saskatchewan.
A directory of open access journals and journals providing free access to their online archives.
Library and Archives Canada -
Access to full text documents on the history of Canada.
Library and Archives Canada -
Ethnic Groups Booklets
Access to full text documents on various ethinc groups living in Canada.
America (Document Archive)
Primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Especially strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
A multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed discussion of human experience in the Circumpolar North. Ranging from issues of social policy and northern politics to questions of Indigenous cultures in transition and the historical experience of newcomers.
An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
(Document Archive - Local Histories)
A collection of Canadian local histories in French and English.
Prairie Provinces (Document Archive)
An online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the settlement and development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable full-text collection of many of these items. (both text and images)
Repositories of Primary Sources
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.
History Project (Document Archive)
Writings on the experiences, ideas, analyses and insights of a century of socialism in Canada and Québec.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Digital access to a number of digital collections separated by topic.
Library Digital Collections
Locally-created digital collections developed and maintained by the University of British Columbia Library.
UMDL Text Collections (Document Archives)
Electronic books and journals provided by the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. (wide variety of topics)
Online Books Page
A listing of free books, definitive collections, and serials.
Resources (Resource Directory)
The collected speeches of Abigail Scottt Duniway (1834-1915)
Histories (Resource Directory)
A portal for labour and working-class history resources in Canada. The site also includes links to selected international labour history resources.
Results from over 500,000 images in selected Library Digital Collections.
Schoolbooks (Document Archive)
Full-Text Collection contains 141 schoolbooks from the Nietz Old Textbook Collection and two works by Dr. John Nietz which survey historic American schoolbooks in the context of the history of education.