Interdisciplinary and general databases
Transatlantic Slavery and Abolition
This section provides access to historical newspapers up to the mid-20th century. For a more comprehensive guide use: Newspapers Current and Historical
U.S. Historical Newspapers
See the Image and Visual Resource Collections guide for a comprehensive links to image and visual resource databases. A few major resources are listed below.
Oral history may be in manuscript, print, microform, audio, or video format. It may be identified through a variety of tools throughout this guide, using relevant keywords.
For example, to find oral histories in the library catalogue, use keywords such as the following with your subject:
Locating archival collections (including those in U of T Libraries) often requires searching archival databases or visiting the website of the archival repository. Some key databases are listed here.
To find history research related encyclopedias and dictionaries in the library catalogue follows these steps:
1) Access Subjects A to Z on the Library home page, and choose a subject, such as:
2) Use the library catalogue advanced search
Enter your topic followed by "encyclopedia" or "historical dictionaries" as in the following examples:
Africa history encyclopedias
Peru historical dictionaries
Use the following guide to identify national and international biographical databases and dictionaries:
To find biographical dictionaries in the library catalogue, do a keyword search, as follows:
Enter the 'name of the country' and 'biography' and 'dictionary'
Example: india biography dictionary
To find biographical monographs in the library catalogue, enter the name of the person and the keyword 'biography.' To focus, once you are in the catalogue, choose biography under subjects on the side menu.
Example: louis riel biography
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