Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Electronic Resources

The following databases include information resources about History. Many electronic resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.

Historical Abstracts

This bibliographic database covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), focusing on the 15th century to the present. For more than 50 years, researchers have used this database to discover groundbreaking work.

Historical Statistics of the United States

HSUS, the acronym for Historical Statistics of the United States, is the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history. The Millennial edition is a revised, updated, and expanded version of previous three editions – with five Parts instead of two, more than twice as many pages of data and documentation, and thrice the data series as before (37,339 in all).

History & Archives digital resources

History & Archives digital resources are part of the Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC). The DRC provides a robust, statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing—free of charge—the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio’s private colleges.

America: History and Life

This robust bibliographic database focuses on the history and life of the United States and Canada. It is an important reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.

Kent State Shootings Oral Histories

The Kent State Shootings Oral Histories project collects and provides access to personal accounts of the May 4, 1970, shootings and their aftermath.

ProQuest Congressional Publications

Each type of congressional publication provides a unique window to the entire range of U.S. social, political, and economic history. Examine testimony, debate, research reports, and legislative history to gain a complete picture. Taken together, congressional publications present a unique documentary history of the U.S. …

ProQuest Historic Map Works

Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is a database with extensive digital map collections available, with over 1.5 million high-resolution, full color historic maps. Discover the physical places of the past—from big cities to small farms—with Historic Map Works Library Edition. With access to more than five centuries of maps, genealogists, historians, and researchers can gain insight into how physical and human geographies have changed over time. The core of the collection consists of land ownership (cadastral) maps illustrating the geographic and developmental history of the United States. This unique content allows users to track the “residential genealogy” of families and locations.

Sanborn Historic Maps

Sanborn Insurance Maps –  Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf titles are full-text electronic versions of an expanding list of award-winning, multi-volume reference sets, available for purchase as individual titles or as a whole collection. All titles automatically integrate and become cross-searchable within Oxford Reference Online for libraries that subscribe to that database, an excellent way to add higher-level scholarship to a library’s collection electronically, and to increase shelf space and usage of the selected titles.

Ohio Memory

The Ohio Memory Digital Collection is comprised of over 4,500 selections from libraries, museums, and historical societies from across the state (but not including the Ohio History Connection). The collection traverses the full length of Ohio’s rich and influential history.

Recommended eBooks and Journals