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Find the best library databases for your research topic.

Use the lists in the All Database Types drop-down menu to find primary sources including newspaper articles, images, videos, data, and historic collections.
See our Primary Source Timeline to browse a selection of primary source databases organized by coverage dates and locations.


New / Trial Databases

The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 This link opens in a new window
Search a free archive of indexed publications relating to the Americas and written in Europe before 1750. This collection includes primary source records covering the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Indigenous peoples. Coverage: 1493-1750. Citations only.
LGBT History Project of Central PA This link opens in a new window
Explore primary sources documenting LGBTQ+ lives and activism in Central Pennsylvania from the 20th century to the present. This resource includes oral history interviews, organization newsletters, event programs, activist group meeting notes, and photographs. This resource is hosted by the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections and is a work in progress; new material is added on a regular basis. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
Open Access Digital Theological Library This link opens in a new window
Alternate Name(s): OADTL
Explore high-quality open access content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections, curated without regard for theological or confessional perspective. Some full text.