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Research Guide

California & San Diego History

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Start Your Research with Library Databases!

Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.

Historical Statistics of the United States Database Logo

CultureGrams Database Logo

History Reference Center Database Logo

U.S. History in Context Database Logo

Historical Statistics of the United States: Millenial Edition Online is the standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. The reference source include over 37,000 data series. CultureGrams (online via ProQuest) is a reference database for exploring up to date cultural information from countries around the world (World Edition).  Additional modules explore the U.S. States and Canadian Provinces.

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.


U.S. History in Context provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.


Articles & Journals

Periodicals are important sources of information in your research. Library databases include articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Need more information on popular and scholarly periodicals? Check out the link Is it a Magazine or a Journal? For a list of all periodical databases, consult the Databases by Subject page.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Database Logo

EBSCOhost logo

Latino American Experience Database Logo

Jstor Database Logo

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  GVRL includes the complete electronic full text of over 250 reference titles.

EBSCOhost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Premier contains  full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals, while America: History and Life with Full Text covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to present.

Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic is a database dedicated to the history of Latinos in the United States. JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in a diverse array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. 

Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.
Picture of the book cover for "San Diego Yesterday" Picture of a book cover for "Making a Non-White America: Californians Coloring Outside Ethnic Lines, 1925-1955 " Picture of book cover for "Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California" Picture of book cover for "Married to a Daughter of the Land: Spanish-Mexican Women and Interethnic Marriage in California, 1820-1880" Picture of book cover for "The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War"

Try Library Reference & eBooks Databases

Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.
Picture of the cover for "1500 California Place Names : Their Origin and Meaning" Picture of the book cover for "Historical Atlas of California: With Original Maps" Picture of the book cover for "California: A History" Picture of the book cover for "Major Problems in California History: Documents and Essays"

Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
Films on Demand Database Logo Academic Video Online Database Logo

Ambrose Streaming Video Database Logo

Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more. Academic Video Online  is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines.  Ambrose Video Streaming Video Collection contains streaming video of over 70 documentary and educational film series, in a variety of disciplines.  BBC production of all 37 Shakespeare plays are also available with this database.


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