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America: History & Life (EBSCO)
America: History & Life is the best database for getting journal articles on U.S. and Canadian history and culture.
Historical Abstracts is the first place to go for articles on the history of all areas of the world (except the U.S. and Canada.)
You will want to search JSTOR, as it provides access to many humanities journals. (All but the last five years are available for most titles.)
Provides full-text online access to all journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Disciplines covered are humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Academic Search Complete
A scholarly, multidisciplinary database that offers coverage of many areas of academic study
Research Help by Topic
Research Help by Historical Subject
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is an database of (online) encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Search to find multiple (online and print) background and secondary resources
Research guides are useful to give you an overview and starting point when looking at a topic you are not familiar with.