New York: Wilson, 1974–. An interdisciplinary index to about 400 prominent English-language journals in the humanities, including art, music, history, and literature. Searchable by author or subject, the index includes many cross-references and subheadings that break large topics into components.
New York: JSTOR, 1995–. A multidisciplinary historical archive of scholarly journals. The complete contents of core journals have been digitized from the first issues. The most current issues (typically from the past three to five years) are not included. This archive is particularly useful to historians because many prominent history journals are included (such as the American Historical Review) and, since the contents go back to the nineteenth century, full-text searches can reveal the historical development of concepts, words, and phrases in scholarly publications.
Philadelphia: Institute for Scientific Information, 1956–. Part of the Web of Knowledge, this multidisciplinary database of social science journals includes history, women’s studies, and urban studies. Searchable by author or keyword, the index allows searches by cited source, which is an efficient way to trace the influence of a particular work. The Related Search feature also identifies works that cite one or more of the same sources.
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/makehistory. A database of digital content relevant to United States, ancient, and Western history. Searchable by topic or chronological period.
http://www.besthistorysites.net. Though the audience for this site is K–12 history teachers, it is a useful and up-to-date guide to reputable Web sites, arranged by region and period, with links to art history, maps, news, and teaching materials. The site was created by Tom Daccord of the Center for Teaching History with Technology.
http://vlib.iue.it/history/index.html. The premier meta-site for history, organized by research methods and materials, historical topics, countries and regions, and eras and epochs.
Ed. Mary Beth Norton and Pamela Gerardi. 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Offers citations of important historical publications, arranged in 48 sections covering theory, international history, and regional history. Though it does not include recent publications, it remains an indispensable guide to the best work in the field.
By Chris Cook. 2nd ed. New York: Peter Bedrick, 1990. Covers a wide variety of terms related to historical events, places, and institutions in a remarkably small package. This is a good place for quick identification of terms used by historians.
Ed. Kelly Boyd. 2 vols. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. Provides information on historians, regions, periods, and topics in the field such as history of religion, women’s and gender history, and art history.