History

Explore ancient civilizations, find out more about the different stages of California and U.S. history, and learn the importance of world cultures from Africa to South America. 

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Archives Unbound logo
Primary source material from 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history
Biography In Context Logo
Find historical and contemporary biographies from around the world. 
Britannica Academic
Britannica® Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate...
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Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images,...
California Digital Newspaper Collection
The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the...
Calisphere logo
Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political...
Escolar
A Spanish-language resource for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish
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Full-text magazine & newspaper articles for middle school homework.
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Magazine articles, biographies and images on a variety of topics, for students in grades K-8. Library card and pin required when outside the library.
FIMo - FIre Insurance Maps Online
User-friendly access to an extensive historical California map collection. High definition, color and gray-scale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans. ...
JSTOR
JSTOR is a selective digital library of academic content. This limited time offer includes access to an abbreviated collection of JSTOR content.
National Geographic Logo
An online database housing magazine issues, images and maps produced by National Geographic.  The content includes the complete run of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to 2015 with over 7400...
Online Archive of California
The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries,...
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A streaming collection of Great Courses Instructional videos and ASL Signed Stories videos available on the OverDrive platform. 
Historical Newspapers
Search early issues and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of the Chronicle. Only available at the History and Genealogy Library.