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History: an introduction: Databases

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Databases are a good a place to begin research. They may contain journal articles, conference papers, newspapers, book chapters, reports and reviews.

Full-text databases

  Full-text databases (i.e. that contain the entire text of the articles or book) are listed below.


This full-text database contains back issues* of important scholarly journals in all subject areas.



       Project Muse

Offers full-text online access to a selection of journals from university presses and scholarly societies from around the world.


     ACLS Humanities E-Book

"ACLS Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of full-text titles offered by the ACLS [American Council of Learned Societies] in collaboration with twelve learned societies, nearly 95 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michiganʼs Scholarly Publishing Office.

The collection includes both in- and out-of-print titles ranging from the 1880s through 2007."


*Back issues: start from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years before the present

Index databases

"Index" databases (i.e. that do not contain full-text articles but point out to their locations) are listed below.


History-specific indexes


  • Historical Abstracts: covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward.
  • America: History & Life: America: History and Life is the definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.
  • A Sense of History (Bibliography - Singapore) : select bibliography produced by NUS Libraries, lists primary and secondary sources on the history of Singapore.


Asian-specific indexes

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    • Covers western-language articles and book chapters on Asia published since 1971.
    • For items published before 1971, see print version (search library catalogue – LINC +, use keywords “Bibliography of Asian Studies”).
    • Index to articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN (as an entity).
    • Produced by NUS Libraries.
    • Contains citations from more than 200 core titles of local and international journals.

Other indexes

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Others : Google Scholar

To gain access to full text from Google scholar, use the proxy bookmarklet or learn how to link Google Scholar with NUS E-Resources.