History Resources

For login information, please see Mrs. Caldwell or click HERE (only available to logged in Wayne Hills faculty and students)

ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases: American Government, American History, US at war, World Geography, State Geography, World History, Ancient History and Issues. Inquiry based teaching and study tools, integrated current events aligned to standards. ABC-CLIO is a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources. Research by text, reference category, period, or region based on their learning styles, abilities, and assignments. *To search ALL the databases (instead of selecting only a specific one), go to https://databases.abc-clio.com/Multi or click on "All available databases" in the menu at the bottom of each page.
Bergen Record Online- We have daily hard copies in the library, but to use the online version, go to http://therecord.nj.newsmemory.com/nie.php
Biography Reference Center (Ebsco): Provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.Go to Bio Reference Center (Ebsco), login, then select “Bio Reference Center”
CIA World Factbook- exactly what it sounds like, this is the CIA’s website, and provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields No login required. Classroom Videos On Demand: Videos searchable by subject or producers (BBC, TED, HBO, etc.) For subject index: http://cvod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=18045&index=subject
Country Reports Database: Entirely online, this database offers more than 35,000 pages of content on the countries of the world. Cultural, historical and statistical information that is regularly updated to reflect current information. Includes information world photos, maps, country flags, national anthems, populations, climate and weather, world news, news for country, and Christmas Traditions.
Daily Life Through History: Provides info on all aspects of daily life from antiquity through the present day from reference works, monographs, and primary documents. Search by era, region, or subject. Colonial and Native American and other ethnic cultures are featured. Weblinks to multimedia sites, video, and audio files are available. Go to ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases and then click on Daily Life
Discovery Education: Sign in through Classlinks. Short videos on a variety of topics, organized by subject and grade-appropriateness. Topics include Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Health, Careers and Workplace, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, News and Current Events, and Virtual Field Trips.
eMagazines: Through a partnership with the Wayne Public Library, students and staff now have access to THOUSANDS of magazines through Libby and Overdrive Here's a step-by-step video showing how to log in and find magazines on Libby, and one for if you would prefer to use Overdrive.Please note: these are accessible through the Wayne Public Library - you need a library card number to access this. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one now by filling out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/Q7pgUFs67EorSCXs9
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL): An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas including the arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, and social science. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition. You can search by topic, or by book titles.New ebook additions for 2021-22 are:
  • Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives
  • Global Encyclopedia Of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) History
  • Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection
  • Opinions Throughout History: Gender: Roles & Rights
  • Eyewitness to History: Documents of the LGBT Movement
  • Eyewitness to History: Documents of the Chicano Movement
  • 50 Events That Shaped Latino History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
  • 50 Events That Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

History Reference Center (EBSCO): Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents. More than 640,000 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals and other sources. In addition, articles include Lexile® Measures to address text complexity requirements.Nearly 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 140 full-text history journals and magazines, more than 81,000 full-text biographies of historical figures, more than 56,000 full-text primary source documents, more than 45,000 images, including maps and historical photos, plus 83+ hours of historical video.*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to History Reference Center
Infobase: Ebooks and information on the Civil War, Reconstruction, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Roaring 20’s, Ancient World, and more- searchable by content area: * African-American History * American History * American Indian History *World Geography & Culture *American Women's History *Modern World History*Ancient & Medieval History
Issues and Controversies Points of View (Ebsco): Information on controversial issues, including overviews of the topic, and links to magazine and academic journal articles. Go to Points of View (Ebsco), login, then select “Points of View”
Newsela- Free site with current events and articles. Lexile can be adjusted on individual articles. Create a FREE account using your Google account (the school does not have an account).
New York Times (Current Articles): One of the most well-known and well-respected newspapers for over a hundred and fifty years. www.NYTIMES.com (if you don't have a login and password yet, fill out this form)
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale): An online database featuring reprinted articles from books, magazine articles, and websites with comprehensive information on social issues arguing both sides pro and con. Audio files are included. Within OV is another database that includes related activities on critical thinking.
Pop Culture ABC CLIO: Digital library of information on American and World movies, television, radio, music, sports, fads, fashions, and foods from the 1920’s to the present (with options to search by era). Weblinks to other reliable sites also are available on this site.
Primary Source Collection- US National Archives: Access thousands of primary sources- letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types- spanning the course of American history. They are always adding more! No login needed, but you can create one so you can save your searches.
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection- full-text database for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students. It provides hundreds of full-text psychology journals, including many indexed in PsycINFO. It offers particularly strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and counseling. Also includes: anthropology, emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, and observational and experimental method, psychiatry and psychology.
Salem Press Database: Comprehensive database of articles, essays, and information on a multitude of topics. Of special note are “Defining Documents in American History”, a collection of primary sources that changed the nation organized by era. Also searchable by decade, and by current event topics.
www.turnitin.com- Turnitin.com is used by your teachers for turning in papers. Your login and password are whatever you made them (usually your Wayne Hills email and password), and your teacher should give you the class ID and login code for that class (you only need to put the class ID and login code in once- after that, when you log in, you will see all your classes). World Folklore: Traces the origins and development of all aspects of traditional cultures around the world, bridging the gap between past and recent. Myths, foodways, campus legends, proverbs and sayings, music, urban legends, comparative religions, folk and fairy tales, medical folklore, literature, and other aspects of everyday life are included in story form. Weblinks to multimedia sites, video, and audio files, as well as maps and images, are part of this resource. World Book Online: Online encyclopedia including articles on almost any topic, tables of statistics, animation, media, pictures, illustrations, sounds, an atlas, dictionary, and more.