Here you will find lists of recommended databases. On the left are databases we recommend for Local topics. On the right are general and history databases for all topics. Please review the description to choose a database that suits your topic. If you aren't sure, ask a librarian!
To view all History databases click here. The following databases may provide a good starting point.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A good place to start. This is a collection of subject-specific encyclopedias. Look up your topic and look for an “overview” article. This will help you put your topic in historical context and get the key dates, names, and ideas related to your topic. These will help you refine your focus and expand your search vocabulary.
Academic Search Complete
A general database of magazine and journal articles that covers all topics. Limit your search to Full Text in the left column.
America: History and Life
Magazine and journal articles that focus on American history. Limit your search to Full Text in the left column.
Current Biography Illustrated
Biographical essays on people from 1940 - present
Scholarly journal articles. Enter a very specific search. For example, in the first search box, enter the term Marco Polo; in the second box, enter the term Persia. Unclick the two boxes that say “Include only content I can access” and “Include links to external content”. Under Narrow by, select Articles. Now select disciplines under Journal filter, such as Asian Studies and History.
Academic Search Complete
Includes Vital Speeches International and Vital Speeches of the Day; speeches are primary sources. Enter your topic in the first search box and “speeches, addresses, etc.” in the second search box. Limit your search to Full Text in the left column.
Access Newspaper Archives
Selected articles from American newspapers from 1759 – present. It includes some years of the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, and UTEP Prospector.
Newspapers from 1827-1998
Selected newspapers from 1836-1922
Declassified Documents Reference System
Selected government documents (FBI, CIA, State Department, President’s office) from 1945-1979
Early American Newspapers - Selected newspapers from 1690-1876
Hemeroteca Digital de Chihuahua
Chihuahua and U.S.-Mexico border publications from 1976- present
Newspaper Archive of The Prospector
UTEP’s Prospector from 1915-2010
ProQuest Congressional Publications (U.S. Serial Set and Serial Set Maps)
The proceedings of the U.S. Congress from 1789-1969. We have later volumes in paper.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Los Angeles Times – From 1881-1990
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times – From 1851-2010
Texas Historical Newspaper Archives
Selected newspaper articles from 1813-1922
Women & Social Movements in the U.S. – Documents 1600-2000
Women & Social Movements International – Documents 1840-present
Specific Topics: Ask a Librarian if Your Area is Not Listed
Images of art works and architecture from ancient to modern times
Art Full Text
Journal articles about art
Business Source Complete
Journal articles about business
Contemporary Women’s Issues
Materials from 1992 - present
Education Full Text
Journal articles about education
Film & Television Literature Index
Journal articles about movies & TV
Various types of documents on political, economic, and public policy issues. Includes some full text and some primary source material.
Various types of materials, including scholarly journals, on music. Limit your search to Full Text in the left column.
Science and Technology Collection (Ebsco)
Magazine and journal articles about science and technology
Magazine and journal articles on sports, physical therapy, etc.