Robert J. Terry Library



  This history subject guide describes a list of resources--electronic and print in the Terry Library at Texas Southern University. Most of these resources are scholarly and professional including electronic databases, books, and reference materials, such as: general history, world history, African American history, facts and figures, and criticism. Check the Library Catalog to find books, journal titles, electronic books, DVDs and more. You may access an electronic resource(with the exception of the Library Catalog) fromFind Articles & More where you will be prompted to log in with your last name and T Number.

Subject Specific Databases--include in depth coverage ofnumerous topics from specific disciplines or subject categories. The materials usually are from scholarly journals.

African American Biographical Database                                                                                   The African American Biographical Database contains biographical information, including photographs and illustrations, for African Americans. From the famous to the everyday person, AABD includes profiles and full-text sketches providing both biographical detail and illuminating narratives chronicling the lives of Black Americans.

America: History & Life (EBSCO)                                                                                                  An index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. The database indexes 1,700 journals from 1964 to present and also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.

Biography In Context (Gale)                                                                                                    Online biographical reference database in the fields of literature, science, business, entertainment, politics, sports, history, current events and the arts. Biographical information on over one million people throughout history, around the world.

Black  Studies Center                                                                                                                                                                     Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It combines several resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, The HistoryMakers® Videos and full transcripts for interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), historical black newspapers, and the Black Literature Index.

Black Studies Center Dissertations (PQ)                                                                                    The ProQuest Dissertations for Black Studies module contains a thousand doctoral dissertations and Masters' theses examining a wide variety of topics and subject areas relating to Black Studies. Included are dissertations written since 1970 at over 100 universities and colleges across the United States. These dissertations were selected for their relevance to Black Studies scholars from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.

Historical Maps – The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection                                                      Large collection of public domain country, city and thematic maps presented as gif or jpeg files, provided by the University of Texas.  Free access

JSTOR                                                                                                                                        JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

General Interest Databases- These databases cover a broad range of topics or multiple subjects and disciplines and some aspects of history including theory and criticism.

Academic One File                                                                                                                       The premier source for peer-reviewed, full text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences including business, accounting and finance, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Academic Search Complete                                                                                                     Academic multidisciplinary database providing full text for 4,450 plus scholarly publications, including full text for 3,500 plus peer reviewed journals.

Dissertations and Theses                                                                                                            This database is the most comprehensive source for information about the U.S. doctoral dissertations. It includes citations from 1881- present; 3S0 work abstracts from 1980-present; from 1988 to present 150 word abstracts are included on mater's theses; full text is available from 1997 to the present.

EJS e-Journals                                                                                                                                    Is your gateway to thousands of e-journals containing millions of peer reviewed articles from hundreds of different publishers covering multiple disciplines and subjects.

General Reference Center Gold                                                                                                      A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources-newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, and history.

MasterFILE Premier                                                                                                                        This multidisciplinary database provides full text for than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest, including history.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers                                                                                                  Newspapers are an excellent source for historical information. This database contains a deep backfile for The New York Times (1851-2001), The Washington Post (1877-1987), and The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

INDEXES (Periodical & Newspaper) Print indexes are located in the Reference department on the first floor. Databases are accessible through the Electronic Resources section of the library’s web page. Indexes are an important resource tools for locating peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals, news articles in newspapers and articles in trade news magazines.

Bibliographic Index call number Z1002 B593 1941-1998                                                                      A cumulative bibliography of bibliographies; very useful for locating articles, authors, and citations.

Facts on File Yearbook call number D410.F3 1941-2010                                                                   An annual overview of important events; arranged by date. Index by topic is available in each volume.

Microbook Library of American Civilization call number Z1236.L5 1971                                            A collection of materials relating to all aspects of American life and literature from the beginning to the outbreak of World War I.

World Almanac and Book of Facts call number AY67.N5 W7                                                            An American-published quick-reference almanac conveying information about such subjects as world changes, political events, disasters, and other milestones.

JOURNALS (Print titles indicated by +) and Electronic journals have off campus access.                            E-journal holdings are quite extensive. They offer our library users access to thousands of full text articles- scholarly and popular. The journals may be found in the databases on the Electronic Databases A-Z page or find an e-Journal at Search for eJournals. Print journals and magazines can be accessed through the print indexes. Titles for print journals may be located through the Library catalog. A selected list of our print and e-journals are listed below:

Access History full text 1997-current

Africa Today + full text 1988-current

Afro Americans in New York Life and History +

America, History and Life +

American Archivist +

American Heritage + full text 1990-current

American Historical Review + full text 1895-current

Black History Bulletin full text 1938-current

Civil War History + full text 1997-current

Current History + full text 1941-current

Early American Life full text 1994-2003

Eighteenth Century Studies + full text 1967-current

Hispanic American Historical Review + full text 1918-current

Historia full text 2000-current

Historian full text 1990-current

Historian: a Journal of History + full text 1990-current

Historical Journal full text 1958-current

History Teacher + full text 1967-current

History Today + full text 1975-current

International Journal of African American Studies full text 1997-current

International Journal of African Historical Studies + full text 1968-current

Journal of African American History + full text 1916-current

Journal of African History

Journal of American Ethnic History full text 1990-current

Journal of American History + full text 1964-current

Journal of Contemporary History + full text 1966-current

Journal of Modern History + full text 1929-current

Journal of Negro History +

Journal of Southern History + full text 1935-current

Journal of Urban History + full text 1974-current

Magazine of History + full text 2003-current

Negro History Bulletin +

Past and Present full text 1952-current

Perspectives full text 1988-2007

Renaissance and Reformation full text 2002-2010

Renaissance Forum full text 1996-2004

Renaissance Quarterly full text 1948-current

Reviews in American History full text 1973-2005

Reviews in History full text 1996-current

Slavery and Abolition full text 2004-current

Smithsonian full text 1983-current

Southwestern Historical Quarterly + full text 1897-current

Texas Journal of Ideas, History and Culture +

Urban History + full text 2001-current

Urban History Review full text 1990-current

War in History full text 1997-current

Western Historical Quarterly full text 2010-current

World War II full text 1997-current


The Terry Library uses the Library of Congress Classification to organize and arrange books and other materials into 21 classes. Each class is identified by a letter of the alphabet, subclass by a combination of letters and subtopics within the classes and subclasses by a numerical notation, consequently determining what is known as the Call Number. The call number is the best and quickest way to locate a book or other materials on the shelves in the Library. The subject of History has several Library of Congress Classifications, depending on geographic location, type of history (historical accounts, criticism, etc.). The Library of Congress Classifications range from D1-F3799. Several broad subject categories in History are listed below with their Library of Congress classification. You may use these classifications to browse the shelves to locate books or you may browse the Library Catalog by the classification number or the subject for books in these categories. An example of a call number is: E178.1.C364 2003 America: Pathways to the Present: Modern American History by Andrew Cayton. Generally speaking, books pertaining to History will be located on the 3rd floor; however, many titles can be found in the Heartman Collection on the 1st floor, and locations for those titles will be indicated in the Library Catalog.

• World History (general) D1-2027

• History of Great Britain DA1-995

• History of Central Europe DAW1001-1051

• History of Northern Europe DL1-1180

• History of Asia DS1-937

• History of Africa DT1-3415

• America (general) E11-143

• United States E151-889

• The Revolution, 1775-1783 E201-298

• Slavery in the United States E441-453

• Civil War period, 1861-1865 E456-655

• Twentieth century E740-837.7

• United States local history F1-975

• New England F1-15

• Atlantic coast F106

• The South F206-220

• Gulf States F296-301

• Texas F381-395

• Old Southwest F396

• Old Northwest F476-485

• The West F590.3-596.3

• Rocky Mountains F721-722

• New Southwest F786-790

• Pacific States F850.5-851.5

A Selected List of Books Located in the RJT Library Collections

• African People in World History. John Henrik. 1st floor - Heartman Collection - In Library Use Only. Call number: DT30.2 .C55 1993

• America: Pathways to the Present: Modern American History. 3rd floor. Call number: E178.1.C364 2003

• Brave New World: a History of Early America. Peter Charles Hoffer. 3rd floor. Call number: E188.H74 2006

• Glory Days: 365 Inspired Moments in African-American History. Janus Adams. 1st floor - Heartman Collection - In Library Use Only. Call number: E185 .A234 1995

• History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. Susan Wise Bauer. 3rd floor. Call number: D57.B38 2007

• Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. James W. Loewen. 3rd floor. Call number: E175.85 .L64 2007

• Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History: a Reinterpretation. Frederick Merk, with the collaboration of Lois Bannister Merk . 3rd floor. Call number: E179.5 .M4 1995

• Real History of the American Revolution: a New Look at the Past. Alan Axelrod. 3rd floor. Call number: E208 .A88 2007

• Revelations: American History, American Myths. Nathan Irvin Huggins, edited by Brenda Smith Huggins. 1st floor, Heartman Collection - In Library Use Only. Call number: E185 .H75 1995

• Ring Out Freedom!: the Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement. Fredrik Sunnemark. 1st floor - Heartman Collection - In Library Use Only. Call Number: E185.97.K5 S866 2004

• World History: Connections to Today. Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis, Anthony Esler. 3rd floor. Call number: D21.E45 2003

• World War II: a New History. Evan Mawdsley. 3rd floor. Call number: D743 .M366 2009

A Selected List of books located in the Reference Collection

• Ancient History: From the First Civilizations to the Renaissance. J.M. Roberts. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call number: D20.R653 2004

• Contemporary Black Biography. 1st floor – Heartman Collection. Call number: E185.96.C66 1997, v. 1-23.

• Dictionary of American History. Thomas L. Purvis. 1st Floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call Number: E174 .P87 1995 

• Dictionary of Contemporary World History: from 1900 to the Present Day. Jan Palmowski. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call number: D419.P32 2008

• Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: from the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass. Paul Finkelman. 1st floor - Heartman Collection. Call number: E185 .E545 2006, v. 1-3.

• Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: from the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century. Paul Finkelman. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call Number:E185.E5453 2009

• Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. Darlene Clark Hine, editor. 1st floor – Heartman Collection. Call number: E185.96 .F2 1997, v. 1-12.

• Famous First Facts: a Record of First Happenings, Discoveries, and Inventions in American History. Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin & Janet Podell.Kane. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call number: AG5.K315 1997

• History of the World in Photographs. Getty Images, Encyclopedia Britannica. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call Number:D422 .H57 2008

• Oxford Companion to American History. Thomas Herbert Johnson. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call Number: E174.J6

• Women in American History: a Bibliography. Cynthia E. Harrison, editor. 1st floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call number: Z7962.H37

Electronic Books (e-Books)

 Provides access to EBSCOhost eBook Collection of more than 28,000 electronic books covering a wide variety of subject disciplines.  Formerly known as NetLibrary. A simple subject search in eBook Collection (EBSCO) yields over 10,000 full text e-books covering various aspects of history. You can access eBook collection (EBSCO) from the Electronic Databases A-Z list. You can also search WorldCat FirstSearch  for titles. Listed below you will find a selected list of e-Books from eBook Collection:

Colonies and Revolution American Heritage, American Voices. David C. King, 2003

Conflict and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World: Making of the Contemporary World. David J. Whittaker, 2002                                                                                                          

George Washington and the Origins of the American Presidency. Mark J. Rozell, William Pederson, Frank Williams, 2000                                                                                      

The Hutchinson Chronology of World History. Volume I, (Prehistory-AD 1491)

The Hutchinson Chronology of World History. Volume II, (1492-1775)

The Hutchinson Chronology of World History. Volume III, (1776-1900)

• The Hutchinson Chronology of World History. Volume IV, (1901-2003)   

The Journey to the Promised Land: The African American Struggle for Development Since the Civil War. Dickson A. Mungazi, 2001

Sealed with Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America. Sarah J. Purcell , 2002


Journey to America [videorecording]. WGBH/Boston, WNET/New York, and KCET/Los Angeles; 3rd Floor - Learning Resources Center - In Library Use Only. Call number: JV6453 .J688 1990(VC)

Beyond the Dream V [videorecording]: a Celebration of Black History: the Writers, the Stories, the Legacy. Producer/director, Jason Vogel; director, Mark While. 3rd Floor - Learning Resources Center - In Library Use Only. Call number: E185.86 .B49 pt.5(VC)

W.E.B. Du Bois [videorecording]: a Biography in Four Voices. Louis Massiah; produced in association with Scribe Video Center. 3rd Floor - Learning Resources Center - In Library Use Only. Call number: E185.97.D73 1997 (DVD)

Government Resources

American History (Smithsonian)                                                                                            Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. History Explorer's resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum's collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum's renowned curatorial staff. Free access

American Memory (Library of Congress)                                                                                 American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning. Free access

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library                                                                                The Daughters of The Republic of Texas Library is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the unique history of the Alamo and Texas and of the lives of those who experienced it. The collection includes books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, sheet music, fine art and print collections, and maps. Free access

National Museum of African American History and Culture                                                       The Museum on the Web is the online experience of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. With the help of a $1 million grant of technology and expertise from IBM, the NMAAHC Museum on the Web represents a unique partnership to use innovative IBM expertise and services to bring the stories of African American History to a global audience. Conceived from the very beginning as a fully virtual precursor to the museum to be built on the Washington Mall, this is the first time a major museum is opening its doors on the Web prior to its physical existence. Free Access

Selected Internet Resources

The African American Library at the Gregory School                                                                 The African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston’s first colored public school located in historic Freedman’s Town, serves as a resource and repository to promote, preserve and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region and the African Diaspora. This is the premier source for reference works and government documents. Site includes 10 million primary sources online. Website also has a “Today in History” section and a comprehensive Teachers Resources section.

American Memory                                                                                                                American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Briscoe Center for American History                                                                                          Contains many useful links specific to Texas history.

Houston Metropolitan Research Center                                                                                     The HMRC collects books with priority given to materials focusing on Houston and Texas in the following categories: non-fiction, biographies and autobiographies, fiction, poetry, young adult and children’s materials, and government documents. The map collection concentrates on street maps for Texas communities, key maps for Harris and the surrounding counties, aerial photography maps of greater Houston, specialized book maps, and flood insurance rate maps. The archival collections focus on non-current records of local government, corporations, businesses, public and private associations, religious institutions, cultural and civic organizations, labor groups, educational institutions, and any other organization or group that has played a role in the development of Houston. The collection also includes photographs, architectural drawings, rare books and pamphlets and maps pertaining to Houston and the Southwest, and oral histories.

Library of Congress                                                                                                                    The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress - and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…" Today's Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 144 million items includes more than 33 million cataloged books and other print materials in 460 languages; more than 63 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.

National Archives and Records Administration                                                                  Preserves and makes documents available to the public and online. Sample documents and lesson plans are available on the website. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, Congress, and pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters. The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

For additional information contact:

Gary Chaffee

713 313-7298


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