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HISTORY: Finding Articles

Selected resources in this guide support general teaching and research on the subject of history at Alabama State University. Resources are available at the Levi Watkins Learning Center in various collections and formats

Helpful Databases

These electronic resources have direct access to history-related content. You will need to log-in for off-campus access (see nearby box).

Databases with (AVL) next to the names means that this resource is part of the Alabama Virtual Library and should be freely accessible. Some with ask for off-campus log-in access.

Academic OneFile - Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from world’s leading journals and reference sources.

Academic Search Complete - Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for nearly 7,300 scholarly publications with coverage in virtually every subject area updated daily. Academic Search Premier is a section of this database.

Black Studies CenterCentral location for resources useful for Black studies' instruction and research: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals, and The Chicago Defender (1935-1975).

eBook Collection (EBSCO) - Collection of electronic books (e-books) which are also accessible via HORNETCat. Formerly known as NetLibrary.

EBSCOhost Electronic Journal Service - Gateway to electronic journal articles that can be searched by subject, title, author or text word. Includes links to Current History, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research Review and PS: Political Science & Politics.

General OneFile (AVL) - Comprehensive news and periodical article source from 1980 to the present.

History Reference Center (AVL) - Full-text from history reference books and encyclopedias, historical documents, biographies, photos and maps, media clips, and 60 history magazines.

JSTOR - JSTOR (Journal Storage) Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, and VII consist of an archive of over 900 refereed, scholarly journals.

Nexis Uni - A comprehensive full-text database covering business, news, legal, company and medical information. Formerly known as Lexis Nexis Academic. 

Opposing Viewpoints Resources Center (AVL)  - Full-text from history reference books and encyclopedias, 60 history magazines along with historical documents, biographies, photos and maps, along with media clips.

Oxford Journals Online - Oxford University-published journals which cover a wide range of subjects including biology, economics, health sciences, political science, social work, and technology.

Points of View Reference Center (AVL) - Essays and articles that present multiple sides of current issues. – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues - Objective analysis of controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - Contains citations for dissertations starting with 1861, abstracts for dissertations from 1980, abstracts for master's theses from 1988, and full-text access to dissertations (via PDF) from 1997 to the present. Previously named Digital Dissertations.

Serials Solutions - Also accessible as "eJournals" on homepage. Locates journals within subscribed databases, journals related to a particular subject, and links to listed databases.

Social Sciences Full-Text Full-text access to the chief English-language journals in the social sciences.

How to Find Articles

In order to find articles:

1. Go to the LWLC homepage and select "Databases by Subject" in the blue box on the lower left hand portion of the page.

2. Select the subject you're wanting to research such as "Law/Legal" (for Criminal Justice).

3. A new page will open with a list of databases relevant to that topic. 

4. Select the database(s) relevant to your topic and search. The resources in "Helpful Databases" can help limit your searches by type of journal (peer-reviewed journals are recommended), full-text, language, and date range.

Accessing Library Databases Off Campus

  • Go to the Library's web site
  • Under Research Tools, there are two options in accessing databases:
  • 1.) All of our electronic databases are listed under Databases by Title.
  • 2.) If you would like resources in a particular subject, visit Databas​es by Subject.
  • Select a database from the subject areas or from the alphabetical listing
  • The login screen will ask that you:
    1. Enter your Campus ID without hyphens
    1. Enter your LAST NAME in lower case
  • Once in the database enter your search terms in the search boxes provided

If you are in our system and unable to login to the databases please send an email to for support.

If you need help using the databases, please contact the Reference Desk (334) 229-4110 or send e-mail to Randy Curtis at

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