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HSSE Featured Database: History Reference Center

January 23rd, 2020

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring History Reference Center, brought to you by EBSCO Industries, Inc.


Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: This database provides full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books. There is also full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, and biographies for over 78,000 historical figures. The database also includes historical photos, maps, and video.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using History Reference Center.

Why you should know this database: This database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.

Quick tip: Be sure to locate the “Cite” button for any article you are planning to use in your research. It will bring up a window with a drop down menu listing various citation styles. You can select the style that you need, then cut and paste the citation to your bibliography.

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