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History: General Resources and Newspapers

General Article Indexes

Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,650 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 8,183 journals in the collection.

Popular Magazines


 Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982 (5 user limit)

Contains more than 3 million citations to articles in 375 general interest periodicals published between 1890-1982. Note: This database is not full-text  you will need to click on the TOUR link to access the library catalog and find the journal's call number. Libray staff can help you locate the article within the bound periodicals.

Newspaper Articles

 World News Digest This online news digest is updated weekly and summarizes current events. You can browse by decade and year by year the most important events, year’s top stories, historic events, key issues and people.  There is also a “What Happened That Day” feature. 

 InfoTrac Newsstand .Coverage includes more than 150 cover-to-cover titles, including U.S. national, regional and local newspapers, as well as the leading titles from around the world. Also included is selected full-text news and business coverage from another 280 sources."

 Lexis-Nexis Academic — provides newspaper articles dated after 1980.

 Newsbank - Full-text database of news articles from two Missouri newspapers: Kansas City Star (1991 to present) and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1988 to present).

Springfield Newspaper Index-- is part of the Springfield-Greene County Public Library's Ozark News and Historical Index, which indexes Springfield newspapers (1867-2002) and provides selected topical indexing to regional periodicals primarily from the 1970s to 1990s.


Newspaper Articles dated before 1980:  To find newspaper articles dated prior to 1980, you will need to use print newspaper indexes, which list newspaper articles organized by topic and year.  The following indexes are available in the Reference Department:

New York Times Ref AI21 .N45 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Ref AI21.S79 B44

Los Angeles Times  Ref AI21.L65 L67   

Chicago Tribune   Ref  AI21.C45 C47

 Washington Post  Ref AI21.W33 O54x 

To use an index, select the volume with the correct year and look up your topic.  Make a note of the newspaper title, year, date, page and section where your article is located.  Try looking for articles from different newspapers across the country for unique information and perspectives on the topic.   Remember the reference staff is available to assist you!

 Take the information about the article you’ve found to the Microforms Department, located in the basement (first floor) of Meyer Library.  The Microforms Department contains the microform collection, current newspapers, and periodicals.  The library maintains back issues of newspapers and some magazines on microform instead of keeping paper copies.  Microform readers are available that can be used to view and print articles from microform.  If you need assistance, Microform Department staff will be happy to help you.

Reference Books

The following books, located in the Reference Department’s collection, focus on historical events. 

Chase’s Calendar of Events Ref Desk GT 4803.C48—Available at the Reference Desk.

Chronology of World History Ref D 11.M39 1999  

Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates Ref E 174.5.C3 1987 

On this Day Ref GT3930.O5x  1996  

Encyclopedia of World Facts and Dates Ref D11.C37x 1993 

Handbook of Dates: For Students of English History Ref DA34.C5 1981 

World Holiday, Festival, and Calendar Books  Ref GT3930.Z1 W67 1998 

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary Ref GT3925.H64 2005   

The Timetables of American History  Ref E18.5.T553 1996 

The Timetables of History: a Horizontal Linkage of People and Events  Ref D11.G78 1991  

The World Almanac and Book of Facts  Ref Desk AY67.N5 W7 1940-1947, 1949-