Licensed and recommended free databases, indexing and abstracting services, and full-text reference resources.


Ancestry provides access to census, military, birth, marriage and death records.

Black Self-Publishing

Black Self-Publishing is an ongoing collaborative research project. It is based on a working list of books that are known to have been or may have been self-published by people of African descent who resided in North America and either were born before 1851 or first published before 1877. Your help, ideas, corrections, insight, and comments are essential to this work of community scholarship.

resource logo Adverts 250 Project

A daily image of an advertisement published in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago that day.  Brief commentary accompanies each advertisement.

resource logo Taught By Literature

Taught by Literature is a collaborative project honoring Black author and activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s lifelong commitment to education.  Taught by Literature celebrates Dunbar-Nelson’s legacy by recentering Black women writers, beginning with Dunbar-Nelson herself and extending to other Black women from the Harlem Renaissance and earlier. 

resource logo Migration to New Worlds: The Century of Immigration
resource logo Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange
resource logo Women's Studies Archive

Much of history is one-sided, focusing mainly on the male perspective and leaving women's voices unheard. Bringing women's stories to light, the Women's Studies Archive connects archival collections concerning women's history from across the globe and from a wide range of sources.

resource logo Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
resource logo Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926

Drawn from Joseph Sabin's famed nineteenth century bibliography Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time. This digital collection offers a perspective on life in the western hemisphere, encompassing the arrival of the Europeans on the shores of North America in the late fifteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

resource logo Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers