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Access World News - NewsBank

The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers in full-text content -- all in one easy-to-search database with a world map. Each provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a distinctive focus offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues. Paid ads are excluded.

American History Online

Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, American History Online provides extensive and authoritative coverage of the history of America and its people.

American Indian History

Facts on File's American Indian History Online is a fascinating and unique resource that offers fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture, history, and biographies.

Issues & Controversies in American History - Facts on File

Issues & Controversies in American History is a reference database, a classroom tool, and a home-learning resource. It combines authoritative factual accounts with in-depth explanations of opposing points of view and numerous special features, so students and other users can quickly grasp the essentials of even the most complex historical topics.


This database is unique because the complete archives of core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800's. New titles and fields are being added regularly. Scholarly journal archive - it is NOT a current issue database.


A comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS Researcher, SIRS Governement Reporter and SIRS Renaissance. It provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities.

World News Digest - Facts on File

World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts on File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social and economic events since November 1940.


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American Decades Primary Sources

Cross-disciplinary source spanning the 20th century. Each volume in the set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV, play and movie scripts, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, and more.

Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages

This dictionary contains more than 20,000 brief biographical entries on women, including thousands of entries on non-U.S. figures.


Access to over 25,000 books from publishers such as McGraw Hill, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

EBSCO eBooks (formerly NetLibrary)

Over 5,000 eBooks are available to GBC students in the EBSCO eBook collection. Search by subject, title or author and research right from home.

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

This encyclopedia spans the globe to explain the issues behind crimes against humanity and human rights issues as they relate to individual countries and the world at large. It traces the history of events that qualify as genocide and crimes against humanity, profiles perpetrators and heroes, and explains international laws and law proceedings aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History : Government and Politics

Provides a concise history of the U.S. government and political scene throughout American history, with a particular emphasis on how government and politics effects, and is affected by, social change.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History : War

Provides a broad overview of war throughout American history, with a special emphasis on how war effects, and is affected by, political, economic, and social change in American and global society.

History in Dispute

Each volume contains roughly 50 entries, chosen by an advisory board of historians and academics. Entries begin with a brief overview summarizing the controversy. This introduction is followed by two or more signed point-counterpoint essays of 1,500 to 2,000 words each. Features include excerpts from primary source documents to illuminate the viewpoints presented with each entry; photographs and drawings of individuals, sites, objects or documents pertinent to the event or topic; and a chronological list of events. 

Presidents: A Reference History

Presents in-depth profiles of each American president and his administration. Includes black-and-white portraits of the presidents and extensive bibliographies. Also features a new history of the White House and a general introduction to the presidency. For students in grades 10 and higher, as well as general readers.

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia

Traces the history of revolts and rebellions from the colonial era to the 20th century.

Sixties in America Reference Library

The Sixties in America Reference Library presents a broad overview of the turbulent 1960s, a decade that forever changed the American social, political and cultural landscape.

Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America

Profiles major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have made a significant impact on American society. Each volume is organized by broad legal principles such as individual liberties, criminal justice, equal protection, and business and government law. Within this framework, case entries are arranged under the more specific legal issue to which they relate, such as affirmative action, capital punishment, freedom of speech, and monopolies.

Witchcraft in America

This fascinating and informative source covers the history of witchcraft in the United States from the hysteria that facilitated the witch hunts during the colonial period to modern day followers of Wicca.


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American Civil War Homepage

Covers a variety of topics about the Civil War.

American Journeys

American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.

American Memory Project

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Chronicling America - Library of Congress

Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes fourteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: History & Culture

Covers a variety of topics in American History.


Provided by Ohio State University, this site includes a timeline, primary documents and links to other resources including eBooks.

Famous Trials

Information on famous trials.

From Revolution to Reconstruction

Provided by the University of Groningen. Includes documents and essays.


Covers a variety of history topics.


The HistoryNet.com website contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.  We have something from almost every period of history.

National Archives

The National Archives provides a digital collection of historical documents, records, and links to topics in history.

National Women's History Project

Links to topics about women in history.

Picturing the Century

100 years of photographs from the National Archives.

Places OnLine

From The Association of American Geographers. Search the world's places for access to historical information, photos and digital access links.


Summary of each of the president's lives and politics.


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