History Research Tools

There are numerous tools online for history students, teachers, and scholars to use in order to conduct original research in primary sources. Below are just a few examples of some of these tools:

  • Introduction to Archival Research is a guide put together by the CSU University Archivist, Aaisha Haykal, and it gives an overview of archival research, how to locate archives, and links to online tools for conducting archival research.
  • Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of research libraries, of which CSU is a member, that collects and preserves documents from around the world, including a large collection of foreign newspapers.
  • The Newberry Library is an independent research library located in Chicago that has extensive primary source collections available to students and scholars.

Professional Associations

History is a vibrant fields with numerous professional associations. Most history professional associations focus on a specific field of historical study, and provide members with opportunities to present and publish research, learn about new directions in the study of history, and interact with others who have similar interest. Below are a few of the larger history professional associations:

The American Historical Association (AHA) is the largest professional association of historians in the United States. The AHA supports teaching and historical scholarship on all places, peoples, and time periods.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the largest professional association focused on supporting teaching and scholarship on American history.

The World History Association (WHA) is an organization of scholars, teacher, and students focused on studying history across regional, cultural, and political boundaries.

The Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, and activists who focus on the study of labor and working-class history.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is an organization of scholars, teachers, and students who focus on the study of Black life, history, and culture.


Other Online Resources for History Students and Scholars

H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online is an interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers that provides discussion networks and publishes book reviews and other works of scholarship on a wide range of topics in the humanities and social sciences.

The American Historical Association’s Resources for Graduate Students provides information for graduate students about how to be successful in a graduate history program, graduate student work issues, and career and professional issues.