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Academic research requires academic (or scholarly) sources - articles written by experts in the field. You will find reliable, authoritative sources in our databases. Once you learn how to 'talk' to a database, you'll find the information you need to complete any assignment. Start your research by gathering background information. At this point in your research, you're looking for facts, not opinions. General and subject encyclopedias and subject databases are the best place to start.
"Sure Bet" Databases
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Classroom Video on Demand | Infobase This link opens in a new windowOver 25,000 videos with more added every day. Outstanding content from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, National Geographic, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Bill Moyers, Shopware, Cerebellum, Cambridge Educational, and many more. Full length classic films are included, as well as award winning theater productions. Many videos on science, literature, art, history, and world cultures, and videos in many languages. The videos are divided into small usable segments and most include transcripts.
World at War | ABC-CLIO This link opens in a new window Recently revised, improved and expanded, this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world's identity from its beginning to today.
World History: The Modern Era | ABC-CLIO This link opens in a new window World History: The Modern Era (covering history from the Renaissance to today) is the latest update of the reference standard of electronic history reference materials for high school and high-level middle school coursework.
World History in Context | GALE This link opens in a new window
Credo Reference helps you start your historical research with timelines, regional and global histories, and introductions to key historical events.
"Sure Bet" Primary Sources
Milestone Documents in World History This link opens in a new windowCovers 125 iconic primary source documents from ancient times to the present and from virtually every geographical region. Each entry offers the full text of the document in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the document in its historical context.
New York Times Archive This link opens in a new windowThe complete archive of The New York Times can now be searched from NYTimes.com — more than 13 million articles total and is divided into two search sets: 1851–1980 and 1981–present.