History Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and Internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Example Subjects
American History

  • United States history
  • Indians North America history
  • Presidents history
  • World War 1945 history


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC. Go to this tutorial for step-by-step information on how to log into the databases.

Suggested Databases

Academic Search Complete
This scholarly collection offers full text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, ethnic & literature, multicultural studies, food science, technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and much more.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
A suite of smaller databases of primary sources and original periodicals dating from the 1600s to the end of the 19th Century. 

Bibliography of Native North Americans
Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 141,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.

CountryWatch is an information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world. Included are Country Reviews (statistical data and basic information), Country Wire (daily news coverage), a Map Gallery, a customizable data search, Intelligence Briefing (political developments and analysis), and much more.

This robust database of full-text, scholarly journals covers topics in history, litertature, and the humanities. Citations are available as well as downloadable .pdf documents. Recent publications are largely not available in JSTOR, with a buffer of approximately five years.  

Gale in Context: U.S. History
U.S. History In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The comprehensive, contextual, media-rich collection empowers learners to develop information literacy and critical thinking skills. Topics range from the arrival of Vikings in North America all to the way to the first stirrings of the American Revolution and on through the Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror.

Internet Resources

American Memory Project (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."

Arab Spring: An Interactive Timeline (Guardian, UK)
An interactive timeline tracing the pro-democracy rebellions in the Middle East that began in December 2010.

Cornerstone Documents
Provides a core group of current and historical Government publications, made available for free, permanent, public access via the Government Publishing Office. These titles contain information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate.

Europeana 1914-1918
As part of the commemoration of the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, this site collects resources from three major European projects, collecting and digitizing letters, photographs, keepsakes, and films.

Handbook of Civil War Texas
Provided by the Texas State Historical Association as part of the Handbook of Texas.

The History Guide: Resources for Historians
Provides a selected list of Internet resources for historians.

National Security Archives
Declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act collected by the independent nongovernmental research institute and library at George Washington University.

Northeast Texas Digital Collections
Digitized records of historical note for Cooke County. A joint project of the Cooke County Library, the Morton Museum, and Texas A&M--Commerce.

Portal to Texas History
Created and maintained by the University of North Texas, the Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections.

Texas Handbook
The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at UT Austin.

Today in History
Historical facts highlighted by items from the American Memory collections (Library of Congress).

World Digital Library
Makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.