History

English Historical Documents

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English Historical Documents Online contains over 5,500 expertly indexed and fully searchable primary documents from 500-1914.
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  • Online version of the standard series of primary source documents in British history, conceived in wartime and with volumes published since 1953
  • Over 5,500 documents from 13 volumes including American Colonial Documents (previously out of print)
  • Documents selected by generations of eminent historians, and their comment provides context for each document
  • Sources include government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries
  • Covers political and constitutional topics and social, economic, religious and cultural history
  • Each document has been indexed and classified by experts at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Highly discoverable content through Quick and Advanced search
  • Explore content by Subject, Date, People, Place
  • Personalised log-in for individual users: highlight and annotate documents, bookmark entries, save and manage searches
  • All documents are available to print and download for use in coursework
  • Print, share and cite entry tools

Héritage Project

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Héritage Project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists. The types of material in the project include:

  • geneaology material, including immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists, etc.
  • documents relating to Canada's aboriginal peoples
  • records from the core government departments
  • documents related to Canada's military history
  • papers from prominent Canadians and organizations

The project is still in the process of digitizing some material in the H, C or T category of microfilms. You can check Library and Archives Canada's online Mikan database to verify the category of an item. The Conditions of Access area of a catalogue record will list the microfilms that make up a collection. If you find a specific reel or reels that you believe should be on Héritage you can contact LAC at info@canadiana.ca and inquire about the status of the reel. It could be that the reel:

  • has been digitized but is not online yet
  • should have been digitized, but was accidentally missed
  • cannot be digitized due to copyright privacy issues

In either of the first two cases efforts will be made to make digitized reel available as quickly as possible.

Users should note that due to the volume of digitization minimal metadata was used for most of the collection. For a detailed list of which collections have metadata, see here. You can also check Héritage news, or subscribe to our an e-Bulletin, for updates.

On finding aids, note that if there is a finding aid available, Héritage does try to mention this in the cataloguing record. Not all collections have finding aids, and for those that do, many are still only in paper format. Library and Archives Canada is working on digitizing their finding aids and adding them to their Mikan records, available on their site.

For more information see the Frequently-Asked Questions at the Héritage Project website.

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1600s to 1900s
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Material is still being digitized. Check the site for updates.

Historical Abstracts

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Historical Abstracts is your complete reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts has long been recognized as the leading bibliography for historical study in the world. Currently over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered in the database, making this a historical periodical database unmatched in breadth. In addition to including the key historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history.

All abstracts are written in English and are carefully edited for clarity and precision. Article citations carry abstracts of 75-120 words or, particularly for peripheral journals, annotations of one or two sentences.

Historical Abstracts on the Web also includes in-process English-language article entries (those entries for which abstract, subject terms, and chronologies are not yet available) prior to their completion and inclusion in the print and CD-ROM versions.

In addition to articles, each year Historical Abstracts includes approximately 3,000 citations to useful historical books as reviewed by the most prestigious journals in the field and citations to abstracts of dissertations completed worldwide of particular interest for historical research.

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This database works with to locate full-text availability.

Because it's part of the EBSCO group, this database can be searched simultaneously with other databases from EBSCO. See the EBSCO group information.

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1954 to present.
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Ongoing.

Center for Research Libraries

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This is a library collection that can be searched and items may be ordered for loan. A few items are available online through the e-collection.

The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its members libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the Center’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.

The Center’s resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Area Studies - Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.
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The majority of these resources are in print or on microform. They can be ordered through our ILL department. There is also a growing e-collection.

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Ongoing.

Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.  (from the website)

Includes:

  • Language dictionaries
  • English dictionaries
  • Thesauri
  • Quotation dictionaries
  • Subject dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Literature guides

See the 100 books available on Trent's subscription. (The selection of titles is reviewed annually and may change based on use.)

The following brief videos from Credo Reference demonstrate their product:

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Direct link to list of books.

This resource was formerly called xreferplus.

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Varies by title; all recent.
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Ongoing.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

Find a stable link at the bottom of the record, under "Retrieved from...".  Add the proxy prefix http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

A complete link will look like this:

http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.credoreference.com/entry/wileyazcsr/diversity

Criterion-on-Demand

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Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film system. Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more.

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Criterion-on-Demand makes use of the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in on both PC and Mac. Users wishing to stream or download films will need to have the plugin installed. See information and download for  Silverlight [external link].  NOTE: The Chrome browser no longer supports Silverlight; use Firefox or Safari.

Allows requests for films that Criterion holds the rights to that have not yet been added to the Criterion-on-Demand service (2-6 weeks). Requests should be sent with sufficient lead time to libraryhelp@trentu.ca and should include the 'show date' along with the film information.

Use of streaming media is covered by Copyright. Streaming media is for educational use to support study, teaching, and research and any content streamed through Criterion-on-Demand may not be copied or reproduced in any form. It is intended for instructors, students, or persons working under the authority of Trent University.

When streaming media is shown on Trent's premises for educational purposes, to an audience consisting primarily of students, instructors, or any person who is responsible for setting curriculum at Trent University, members of the general public may be present. Admission fees cannot be collected for public showings unless proof of performance rights have been obtained from the distributor/creator.

Streaming media, or media that is available for download through Criterion-on-Demand, cannot be used on other websites or computer environments such as third party websites or social media platforms.

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Various Dates. Studios include: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, Alliance Films, Warner Brothers, Miramax Films, Mongrel Media, and more.
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Quarterly.
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The URL in the address bar of your browser usually works as a permanent link to a film.  Be sure to include the proxy prefix at the beginning: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

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A wide range of original source material including ephemera, pamphlets, college records and exam papers, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, account books, educational practice and pedagogy, government papers from the Home Office and Metropolitan police, illustrated writings on anatomy, midwifery, art and fashion, manuscript journals, poetry, novels, ballads, drama, receipt books, literary manuscripts, travel writing, and conduct and advice literature.

Defining Gender is structured in five sections, each containing a substantial body of original source material, together with thematic essays by leading scholars in the field.

The thematic essays introduce students to the material, suggest possible approaches, and place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context. The sources all have distinct URLs and can be readily integrated into course packs or projected in the classroom.

All of the sources have been indexed by person, place, subject and date and searches can be carried out over all five sections.

SECTION I: CONDUCT AND POLITENESS
SECTION II: DOMESTICITY AND THE FAMILY
SECTION III: CONSUMPTION AND LEISURE
SECTION IV: EDUCATION AND SENSIBILITY
SECTION V: THE BODY

(From the website)

Short biographies are provided for individuals involved in women's movements.  Some images are included.  This is an excellent resource for primary documents.

Each source is a downloadable .pdf file. 

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Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - ).

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1450-1910
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

DeGruyter

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DeGruyter is a German academic publishing house. In 2011 DeGruyter acquired BEPress journals, access to the BEPress journals can now be done either through Scholars Portal (preferred) or directly through the DeGruyter site. There is a slight delay in coverage between Scholars Portal and DeGruyter with the most recent articles in a journal being available via DeGruyter before they appear in Scholars Portal.

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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

Via Scholars Portal:

1. There is a Permalink at the bottom of each record which is a stable url for that article.

If it doesn't already include the proxy information, add the proxy prefix to the beginning:

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://resolver.scholarsportal.info/resolve/10811680/v16i0001/49_trotcvpncoc2

2. Many journals in Scholars Portal Journals also use the DOI system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article via DOI, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

Example:
DOI: 10.1080/10811680.2011.536498
Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10811680.2011.536498

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

DeGruyter is also DOI compliant.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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For the most part, the biographies that appear in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online reproduce those that were originally commissioned by the Dictionary of Canadian Biography for its print version and were republished, some with minor corrections, in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volumes I-XIV. A selection of biographies from unpublished volumes is also included. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, whose first volume appeared in 1966, is a joint project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval and presents the work of researchers and writers in many fields from across Canada and around the world.

(from Background)

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Persons have been entered under family name rather than title, married name, pseudonym, stage name, popular name, nickname, or name in religion: Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal; Florence Daly Lucas (Thompson); Louis Gonnet, named Brother Réticius; Marie-Françoise Huot, named Sainte Gertrude. Where possible the form of the surname is based on the signature, although contemporary usage is taken into account. Common variant spellings are included in parenthesis.

Names of aboriginal people have presented a particular problem, since a person might be known by his/her own name (written in a variety of ways by people unfamiliar with aboriginal languages) and by a nickname or baptismal name. Moreover, some aboriginal families, such as the Copes [see John Noel Cope], adopted family surnames. Aboriginal names have been used when they could be found, and, because it is impossible to establish original spellings, the form generally chosen is the one found in standard sources at the time of original publication; variants are included in parenthesis: Ahchuchwahauhhatohapit (Ahchacoosacootacoopits, Star Blanket). Métis, unless they remained wholly within aboriginal cultures, are entered under their "European" name: Louis Guiboche. To assist readers who go back to contemporary documents, the names of aboriginal bands have been given in a form likely to be found in those documents.

(from Help)

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Up to 1930
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Not currently updated. The print editions are updated annually. Call number: F 5009 .D53 Ref.

Digital National Security Archive

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A collection of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Over 63,000 of the most important, declassified documents - totaling more than 488,144 pages - are included in the database, consisting of more than 25 collections. (See more about the collections.)

Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material. Contextual and reference supplements are provided for each collection, including general introductory material, a chronology, glossary and bibliography. Content is carefully selected by top scholars in the field.

Documents have been indexed to permit item and page-level searching across more than 20 combinable fields. In its totality, DNSA offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues during the pivotal period of twentieth-century history.

(From the website. See more information.)

Coverage: 
1945 -
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Irregular
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To link to a particular item, look for the line that says:

Durable URL for this record. Click on this line and a new window will open with the link to copy. It's very long.

Example: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-
2004&res_dat=xri:dnsa&rft_dat=xri:dnsa:article:CES05401

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:dnsa&rft_dat=xri:dnsa:article:CES05401

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