History Reference Center

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The Most Comprehensive Full-Text History Reference Database

Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.

Quality Content to Support Curriculum & Instruction

History Reference Center content comes from leading history publishers such as Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds, Inc., Oxford University Press and Rourke Publishing LLC, and includes exclusive proprietary content from Salem Press.

Available via EBSCOhost or its own dedicated interface, History Reference Center features variety of resources to help educators prepare their students to meet curriculum goals, such as lesson plans and rich multimedia content to enhance delivery. In addition, articles include Lexile® Measures to address text complexity requirements.

History Reference Center also links to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers in the U.S. and Canada correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state, or provincical curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Superior Functionality

History Reference Center supports students and educators with the following functionality:

  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Simple search box for keyword, author and title searching
  • Autocomplete and spell checker to ensure the correct search terms are applied
  • Advanced search options, thematic navigation and the ability to explore topics by historic era
  • Ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject or publication
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to provide teachers with an alternative content delivery method and to support struggling readers or those who prefer to consume information by listening
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references
  • Ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students