New Electronic Resources for Historical Research

Calendars of State Papers
Included within the larger electronic resource British History Online is the Calendar of State Papers, a fundamental finding aid for the study of British history.  The Calendar is essentially an index to the content of the collected State Papers (which the USC Libraries are in the process of acquiring in digital form upon its release). British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, its aim is to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.  Approximately 80% of the documents included in British History Online are available at not cost.  Access under British History Online and then select State Papers from the top menu bar.

Colonial State Papers
Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries as found in the British National Archives. Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.  Issued by ProQuest/Chadwyck-Healey.

Electronic Enlightenment
Unrivaled online access to 18th-century primary sources is provided with Electronic Enlightenment.  It is updated twice yearly with new materials.  It currently includes cross-searchable letters from nearly 6,000 correspondents as published in the best critical editions.  Over 53,000 letters and documents are included.  Includes letters in French, German and Italian as well as English.  Over 230,000 scholarly annotations are also cross-searchable.  An expanding network of external links to other online resources, from Chambers’ Cyclopaedia to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, are provided.
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980
USC’s holdings of the American ethnic press are significantly enhanced with the addition of this collection from Readex/Newsbank covering Hispanic American newspapers from 22 U.S. states published in the period 1808-1980.  Searchable by dates and “eras”, article types, languages, place of publication, and newspaper title.
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI Collection
This newest JSTOR collection with a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) titles, will extend JSTOR's coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies. The collection will be completed by the end of 2010.

The San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922)
Historical full-text backfiles of the San Francisco Chronicle from ProQuest supplement USC’s already rich holdings of historical newspapers. Not earthquakes, not fires, not even the murder of one of its owners by a minister could stop the independent and often irreverent presses of the San Francisco Chronicle. Founded by two teenage brothers in 1865 when the West was still wild, this newspaper lets researchers travel back in time to experience the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the Klondike gold rush, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, America’s entry into World War I, and many other events that shaped both the City by the Bay and the United States. As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ program, the San Francisco Chronicle (1865–1922) has been digitized from cover to cover. It can be cross-searched with the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other important historical newspaper titles, letting researchers track the news as it travelled across the country and around the globe.