Bertrand Library provides links to both paid for databases and journals as well as freely accessible resources.  They include content from  the Bertrand catalog, JSTOR, Adam Matthew primary source collections, and Government Documents.  


  • JSTOR is an archive of core, scholarly journals from a variety of subject areas. Coverage begins with the very first issue through all but recent years.

Project MUSE

  • Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery.

Primary Resources from Adam Matthew

  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice 1490-2007: includes books, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, health and family life.
  • Everyday Life of Women in America (1800-1920): an unparalleled resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history, providing access to rare primary source material from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History, Duke University and The New York Public Library.
  • The American West: includes a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
  • First World War: includes a wealth of primary source material about the First World War, from personal narratives and printed books to military files, propaganda pamphlets and visual documents. The material is complemented by a range of contextual secondary material, including scholarly essays, case studies and interactive maps
  • Empire Online: Primary and secondary resources about the Empire. Major sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing & the Literature of Empire; the Visible Empire; Religion & Empire; Race, Class, Colonialism, Imperialism.
  • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980:  Digital collection of English-language resources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980, covering the history of China during two centuries of monumental social and political upheaval.
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910: A wide range of original sources including ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, poetry, receipt books and conduct and advice literature.
  • Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan: These three collections consist of the British Government's files on the countries of South Asia from shortly before Indian partition and independence up to 1980.
  • Global Commodities: Provides visual, manuscript and printed materials to explore the history of 15 major commodities, and to examine the ways that these have changed the world. Commodities included are: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, wheat, wine & spirits.
  • India, Raj and Empire: Drawing upon the wonderfully rich and diverse manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this resource will be of great value to those researching the History of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954: Jewish Life in America will enable you to explore the history of Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jews in the 17th century right through to the mid-20th century. This treasure trove of material provides digital images of collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York.
  • The Nixon Years: Nixon Years, 1969-1974, is comprised of top level Anglo-American discussions and briefing papers. These files enable researchers to assess, from a British, European and Commonwealth perspective, Nixon’s handling of numerous Cold War crises, his administration’s notable achievements, as well as his increasingly controversial activities culminating in Watergate and impeachment.
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975: This collection of manuscripts, ephemera, photos, video, and other archival material documents popular culture in Britain and America from 1950 – 1975.
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History: Includes accounts written by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Materials include manuscripts, diaries, correspondence drawings, and guidebooks.
  • Virginia Company Archives: A source for the study of the Atlantic World and Early Colonial period that documents trade between Britain and America as well as the economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624.

Government Databases

  • the official website for U.S. federal legislative information (formerly known as Thomas).   
  • Edgar-Company Filings: companies traded on U.S. stock exchanges must file various reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC makes these reports available via EDGAR. This includes the 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, proxy, registration, and other forms (but often not the Annual Report to Shareholders).  
  • ERIC: the Education Resources Information Center: online digital library of education research and information.  It contains abstracts of articles from educational journals and full text access to documents put out by the ERIC Clearinghouse.
  • FDsys: Federal Digital System: provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government
  • PubMed: the National Library of Medicine database, which indexes the worldwide literature of medicine and life science from 1965 to the present.
  • searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information.

WWO: Women Writers Online: Collection of searchable online texts from 1400 to 1850 compiled by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University.