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Online Databases for Business History Research

The following electronic databases are useful for the study of business and economic history. Access to these subscription databases is limited to users who are on site at the Library of Congress and other subscribers.

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Early Business Periodicals

A Guide to Major Titles available in the Collections of the Library of Congress

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Online Databases for Business History Research

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South Street and Brooklyn Bridge, New York City. 1901
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American Periodicals (ProQuest)

Provides access to two separate collections, American Periodicals Series Online (APS Online) and American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries (APCRL). These collections comprise digitized images from periodicals published between 1740 and 1940. Both American Periodicals and British Periodicals from ProQuest are commercial databases available to users at the Library of Congress and many other libraries.

Applied Science and Business Retrospective

Provides access to articles on the most important events, issues and trends in the history of business and industry from 1913 to 1983. It includes the complete file of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957) plus the most important historical sources in the applied science and technology field for the 20th century. It provides complete indexing for more than 2,000 periodicals that include more than 4.5 million articles. It is an excellent resource for researching the development of technologies, tracking down important studies, and exploring historical controversies.

Business Source Complete

Provides bibliographic and full text content for thousands of the most important scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications covering all disciplines of business. Additional full text content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, faculty seminars (videos), and more. Indexing and abstracts for 1,300 scholarly business journals date back to 1886, as do many full text articles.

Economist Historical Archive 1843-2011

This is a fully searchable facsimile edition of The Economist with a covers gallery. It contains every issue since its launch in 1843 and more than 600,000 pages. The Archive includes full-color images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys. Subject to a five-year embargo, the Library acquires an annual addition to the backfile.

Financial Times. Historical Archive 1888-2006

Provides the full text for this authoritative British daily business newspaper. Founded to serve the immediate needs of the City of London, the Financial Times broadened its coverage to encompass important global financial and economic issues. It incorporated its rival the Financial News in 1945.


JSTOR is a collection of full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals and other content dating back to the late 17th century, although many titles only began much later. Sub-collections include general business and economics, finance, marketing and advertising, management, and organizational behavior. Full text is available up to the last 3 - 5 years for most titles. JSTOR allows browsing by title or by discipline(s), and full text searching of individual titles or the entire collection.

Making of the Modern World
Part I (1450-1850)
Part II (1851-1914)

Provide digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material for research in the areas of history, social conditions, economics, trade, technology and industry.

ProQuest Historical Annual Reports

Covers over 800 companies and contains digital reproductions of more than 43,000 corporate reports dating back to 1844. The database, which includes more than 75% of companies that have been Fortune 500 companies for 30 or more years, is an excellent source for research on companies and industries. Reports include financial information, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor; and names of related companies. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date.

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