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Subject Definition

History is the study of humanity's relationship to the past.  Research in the field often relies on written documents that record events and lives that otherwise would be lost to time. 


Signing of Declaration of Independance

John Trumbull 003

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  • America: History and Life with Full Text  
    Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Selective indexing for nearly 1,800 journals from 1954 to present and some titles back to the 19th or early 20th centuries. Full-text coverage for nearly 260 journals and more than 80 books
  • JSTOR  
    Back volumes for 880 journals from volume 1, issue 1, but not the most current 2-5 years. About 20 titles have coverage through the most recent issue, and about 5 have current but not historical coverage. General subject areas include art & architecture, Asian studies, botany, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, language & literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology and statistics.
  • Discover
    Searches most library databases, our catalog, many individual publishers, and some open access journals and sources, using software called EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

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  • Conserve: conservation, preservation, protection
  • Giant Panda: panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca (scientific name).

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