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HPNL and the African American Research Center are located in Room 246 of the Main Library.


History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

246 Main Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

Online Resources for History Undergraduate Students


Find Articles

  • Historical Abstracts: Identifies, journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations on all aspects of world history (1450-present), excluding the history of North America (which is covered by America: History and Life).
  • America: History and Life: Identifies journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations on all aspects of North American history. Mexican history is covered in both this database and Historical Abstracts.
  • JSTOR: Over 250 history journals, with coverage back to the first issue for each, in some cases as far back as the 17th century.
  • Project Muse: Recent issues of over 70 history journals.

Learn More about Primary and Secondary Sources

Milligram, John D. " The Treatment of an Historical Source." History and Theory 18.2 (1979): 177-196.

Langlois, Charles Victor, and Charles Seignobos. "The Search for Documents." Introduction to the Study of History. Translated by George Godfrey Berry. New York: Henry Holt, 1932.

Joynt, Carey B., and Nicholas Rescher. "Evidence in History and the Law." Journal of Philosophy 56.13 (1959): 561-577.

Hurst, B.C. " They Myth of Historical Evidence." History and Theory 20.3 (1981): 278-290.

Williams, Robert C. "Sources and Evidence." The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2003.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. "From Problems to Sources." The Craft of Research. 3d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Why Use Anything Other Than Google?

A frequently asked question! This brief video explains why you would want to use the specialized resources listed on the left, instead of relying on Google to find scholarly articles.

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