Sunday, July 10, 2005

Scholarly Collections & Databases

America: History and Life

(The Salem State College Library makes this database (from 1982 to present) available to members of its research community. Contact the Reference Department for more information about accessing this rich resource.)

America: History and Life serves as a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present, including:
- more than 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating from 1954 to the present;
- coverage of more than 2,000 journals published worldwide, with articles abstracted by historians and librarians with subject expertise in the journals for which they are responsible;
- citations to abstracts of dissertations published in the areas of U.S. and Canadian history; and
- more than 16,000 new entries, added annually to the database.

To see the list of periodicals indexed in America: History and Life, visit:

American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

This collection features more than 100,000 pages of text, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscript content, including diaries, letters, and memoirs. Users can search the database by list of authors, places, battles, and important personal events, and limit their retrieval by the writer's gender, age, allegiance, residence, race, occupation, and a number of other qualifying criteria. A one-month trial of this collection has been requested for Salem in History participants, with a tentative start date of 9/15/05.

To learn more about the contents of this collection, or to take an online "guided tour", visit

American Periodical Series 1741-1900

New York Times Historical Archive (1851 - present)

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial Period to 1950

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature