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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.

History Reference Center Database Logo

World History in Context Database Logo

Sources in U.S. History: The Civil War Database Logo Daily Life Through History Logo

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and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

World History in Context is a comprehensive collection of reference, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, and has an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts.

Sources in US History Online includes three collections of primary source documents: The American Revolution, Civil War, Slavery in America.  Read about American history from those who lived it!


Daily Life Through History is a social-history database focusing on the day-to day lives of average people, past and 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.

Database Logo for Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index Database Logo

JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in a diverse array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.  EBSCOhost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Premier contains full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals. Masterfile Premier provides more general and popular periodicals, while History @ EBSCOhost just searches history databases. Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews is a collection of the best Oxford University Press Handbooks in many subject areas, including history.

ProQuest's Historical Newspapers: New York Times with Index (1851-2014) provides primary source articles.

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 "The Syrian Rebellion" Picture of book cover for "Lincoln's Hundred Days : The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union" Picture of the book cover for "A Cold War Turning Point: Nixon and China, 1969-1972"" Picture of the book cover for "Why? Explaining the Holocaust" Picture of the book cover for "A People's History of Baseball"

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 book cover for "World History Encyclopedia" Picture of book cover for "American Military History" Picture of book cover for American Eras: Industrial Development of the United States: Primary Sources" Picture of book cover for "Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000, 2004"

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 Digital Educational Video Database Logo History in Video Database Logo INTELECOM Database Logo
Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more.

History in Video includes documentaries, commercial and governmental newsreels, public affairs and archival footage.  Areas of focus include Trade and Exploration, the American Civil War, Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Post-World War II Era, the Sixties, Women's History, African-American History, and International Newsreels.

Intelecom is a searchable video clip database covering a wide variety of disciplines. Topic-specific clips average 3 to 5 minutes in length and are closed-captioned.


Web Resources