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History Resources During COVID-19

A guide to online resources and repositories available while libraries are closed.


COVID-19 has disrupted research and teaching through the closing of libraries and archives relied on by historians and students to do research, find secondary sources, and prepare materials for classroom use. It is the goal of this guide to provide links to alternative, digitized resources for both scholarly monographs and primary sources that students and faculty can use to continue with their research, teaching, and studies. 

We realize that access to all materials is not possible, and that using digitized materials is not the same as experiencing them in print and in person. But we hope that you will find this guide useful for locating some of the resources you need while the libraries are closed. As always, please feel free to Ask-A-Librarian if you need help accessing materials that are not available during library closures.

The guide is organized into three sections: Digitized Collections in WSU Library Subscriptions, Online Digitized Primary Source Materials, and Accessing Books and eBooks. Digitized Collections in WSU Library Subscriptions are just that: resources that we subscribe to, including historical newspapers and other collections, that are available to the WSU community, collected in one place. Online Digitized Primary Source Materials are publicly available sets of digitized collections from libraries and cultural institutions around the world. Accessing Books and eBooks provide links to places to look for e-versions of books you need for your research that are inaccessible right now.

For the latest information on future WSU Library restart activities, please check our COVID-19: Updates from the Library System page.