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American Civil War and Reconstruction: Home

Selected resources for AMH 4930, Senior Seminar, Dr. Sean Adams

Key Databases


America: History and Life      

The major index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from as far back as 1910. Many links and re-directs to fulltext.  The complementary index to articles/reviews/dissertations on the rest of the world is Historical Abstracts.



Fulltext archive to hundreds of scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines in facsimile format (including images), from the first volume until 3 – 6 years ago (date varies per publisher embargo).  DOES NOT INCLUDE recent issues/volumes, but may link to recent full text in Project Muse.

Project Muse  

Fulltext of recent years for hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DATABASES (covering many history and interdisciplinary journals)

Academic Search Premier 

Contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with fulltext for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF/HTML backfiles to 1975 or earlier are available for numerous journals.  Many cited references link to fulltext.

ISI Web of Knowledge

Index to over 8,000 journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, many with links to fulltext. Can track  authors cited in the research literature.  


Numerous specialized databases including Book Review Digest Plus, Essay and General Literature Index, Humanities Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text.  (Now provides access to databases that were previously available on Wilson Web.)

Encyclopedias--Online and Print

Beginning your research

Encyclopedias are excellent reference sources to consult as you consider topics for your research papers.  They provide an overview of your topic, give background, major events and people, and a brief bibliography of sources to help you get started on your research.

Encyclopedias can be:

You can search the UF catalog for subject encyclopedias with a keyword search:
         [your topic] and the word "encyclopedia" 


  • encyclopedia and "civil war"
  • encyclopedia and women
  • encyclopedia and religion


An online guide to the contents of hundreds of subject encyclopedias, print and electronic, available from the UF Libraries. 
Search for entries related to your topic.


  • Gettysburg
  • suffragists
  • protestants
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