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America: History and Life

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To view abstracts in an initial search, in Preferences set the Results List Display to Detailed.

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For a list of covered journals see thr Database Coverage List.


America: History and Life indexes the literature about the history of the United States and Canada.

Indexes over 1,700 scholarly journals, some published in languages other than English. History is broadly construed -- everything has a history.  For instance, AHL is a wonderful resource for finding material on the history of psychology or the history of education or women's history, etc.  Regardless of an article’s language of publication, most article citations are accompanied by a detailed English-language abstract. Dissertations are also covered and book and media reviews are drawn from over 100 key journals. AHL is unique among indexes in its searchability by the period an article covers, not merely its date of publication. Again, history, from pre-history to the present, is broadly construed and searching may be fruitful for any concern with a historical dimension.

In 2006, America: History and Life began adding retrospective coverage for the most important historical journals in JSTOR. By project’s end, coverage for these journals will extend back to the late-19th century.

The feature CLIO Notes, accessible from a tab on the upper left, gives a detailed topical chronology within standard historical periods. Topics are described, questions for analysis are given, and links execute pertinent topical searches.


Dates Covered

1954 to present. (Topical coverage prehistory to present.) Updated monthly. But the JSTOR enhancement will bring coverage into the 19th century.

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