Historical Abstracts

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Description: Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). It contains annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square; over half a million entries in all.

Currently over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered in the database. In addition to including the key historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history.

All abstracts are written in English. Article citations carry abstracts of 75-120 words or, particularly for peripheral journals, annotations of one or two sentences. Historical Abstracts on the Web also includes in-process English-language article entries (those entries for which abstract, subject terms, and chronologies are not yet available) prior to their completion and inclusion in the print and CD-ROM versions. In addition to articles, each year Historical Abstracts includes approximately 3,000 citations to historical books as reviewed by journals in the field and citations to abstracts of dissertations completed worldwide of particular interest for historical research. Each entry in the database is assigned appropriate indexing terms based on standard authorities. Every year over 20,000 new citations are added to the Historical Abstracts database. (Source: vendor website.)

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Medium:  web
Coverage:  1955 - present
Updated:  Monthly
Language:  English