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America: History and Life

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2023 10:26 AM

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


Indexes about 1,800 scholarly journals, some published in languages other than English (over 40 languages are represented).  Citations to articles and book and media reviews are provided.  Regardless of an article’s language of publication, most article citations are accompanied by detailed English-language abstracts. AHL is unique among indexes in its searchability by the period an article covers, not merely its date of publication (although that can be done too). Further, history is broadly construed and searching may be fruitful for any concern with an historical dimension.

Special Feature: CLIO Notes

Guides one through pertinent subjects by allowing one to browse through chronologies and provides brief summaries of significant events and themes. This resource offers a structured and suggestive way to explore a topic and the contents of the database.  Bibliographies are generated.

Special Feature: Cited References

Click the Times Cited hyperlink on a Result, then the Citing Articles Screen presents a list of records that cite the original article. Useful for gauging the potential impact of an item but perhaps more usefully identifies pieces that are to some extent related to the original article.

Special Feature: Historical Period Searching

Enables one to search by the period covered; not by publication date (although that can be done too).  For instance, you may be interested only in a specific topic during a specific period or date range.


Dates Covered

Publication dates go back to the late 19th century.

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