Electronic Resources

There are 8 state of the art public computers and 4 computer kiosks at the Center for Jewish History that offer access to more than 40 paid subscription databases, with many resources unique to the Center. Benefiting scholars of Jewish Studies as well as generalists, and genealogists the electronic resources are available onsite only in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room reference complex as well as in the Reading Room itself.

AJHS Journal

The content available is the Society's journal, American Jewish History, for the years 1893-1978. The journal is fully (and freely) searchable as a ProQuest database.

AKL Allgemeine Kuenstlerlexikon (International Database of Artists Online)

AKL Allgemeine Kuenstlerlexikon is an extensive database containing biographical information on more than 1 million artists. It is based on the Thieme-Becker/Vollmer encyclopedia, the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon, and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen.

America: History and Life

Bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for over 2,000 periodicals dating back to 1954.

American National Biography

The online edition of American National Biography profiles more than 18,700 men and women from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.


Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive online resource for family history which includes many collections, such as the U.S. Immigration Collection, the U.S. Census Collection, and the Jewish Family History Collection. It is geared toward genealogists and family history researchers.

Archive Finder

Archive Finder (formerly Archives USA) provides address and collection information about nearly 4,500 US manuscript repositories. Besides full address information, including e-mail addresses and URL's, opening hours, and details of holdings and areas of special interest, it also includes records, complete with detailed indexes, of nearly 100,000 manuscript and other special collections.


ArchiveGrid includes historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of the collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

Bar Ilan Responsa

The Global Jewish Database (the Responsa Project) contains the world's largest electronic collection of Jewish texts in Hebrew ever recorded, which embody thousands of years of Jewish learning. The database includes numerous works from the Responsa Literature.

Bibliographie zur deutsch-jüdischen Familienforschung und zur neueren Regional – und Lokalgeschichte

Bibliography on German-Jewish Family Research and on Recent Regional and Local History of the Jews is a comprehensive bibliography of over 32,000 published sources covering German-Jewish family research, and regional and local history in Germany within its historical borders from the beginning of Jewish Emancipation through the end of the Nazi Era. (CD-ROM).

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Searching Biography and Genealogy Master Index will enable you to determine which publication to consult for biographical information. BGMI indexes current, readily available reference sources (such as biographical dictionaries and who's who) as well as important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from all areas of the world.

Biography in Context (Gale)

An online biographical database which allows users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates, and places.

Brockhaus Enzyklopaedie

The Brockhaus Enzyklopaedie (online version) is a comprehensive and general reference resource. It provides easy access to the full text articles of the recently published 30-volume 21st edition and is updated at regular intervals.


OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, covering the complete range of expressive forms.

Cataloger's Desktop

The most widely used cataloging documentation resources in an integrated, online system. Includes the current version of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) and Describing Archives, a Content Standard (DACS).

Classification Web

The Library of Congress' Classification Web is a full-text, internet resource that contains the Library of Congress Classification Schedules and Library of Congress Subject Headings.


Clio-online is a central Internet gateway in the field of history, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and maintained by a network of German research institutions and libraries.

Columbia Gazetteer of the World

An international geographic database of over 165,000 entries including place-names, physical characteristics, political properties, and natural and agricultural resources.

Commentary Magazine

Commentary is an American monthly magazine of opinion, and a voice in American intellectual life. It covers such issues as the future of Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture in Israel, the United States, and the world. The database includes the digital archives starting with the first issue in 1945 to the present.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Since the Encyclopædia Britannica's founding in 1768, Britannica editors have gathered and organized information on thousands of topics for easy retrieval.

Encyclopedia Judaica

Encyclopedia Judaica is provided by Gale Virtual Reference Library. It is the online version of the 2nd edition which includes 22 volumes.

Encyclopedia of Judaism, 2nd Edition

Encyclopedia of Judaism is provided by Gale Virtual Reference Library. It is the online version of the 2nd edition which includes 4 volumes.

FirstSearch (Base Package)

First Search includes various databases including ArticleFirst, ClassPeriodica, EBooks, ECO, Eric, GPO, MEDLINE, OAlster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldAlmanac, WorldCat, and WorldCatDessertations.


Fold3.com formerly Footnote.com is a valuable resource to genealogists and family historians. It includes millions of digitized historical documents from various resources such as U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress.

HeritageQuest Online

ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books, with every word searchable. Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied. These titles have been digitized from ProQuest's microfilm collection, and include genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials from all 50 states and Canada.

Historic Map Works Library Edition

Historic Map Works Library Edition is an extensive digital map collection with over 200,000 high-resolution, full color historic maps. The collection consists of property and land ownership maps illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCOhost)

Historical Abstracts is a complete reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada).


Index to Jewish Periodicals

Index to Jewish Periodicals is a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 220 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. It is intended for students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern affairs.

Jewish Data

A compilation of Jewish Genealogy resources. It contains images of tombstones, school yearbook pages, and Citizen Declaration documents.


JSTOR is an archive of important scholarly journals, providing access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.


LISTA, the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more.

Marquis Who’s Who

Biographical resource which includes the following databases: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American History, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in American Politics.

Medaon: Magazine on Jewish life in Science and Education

Medaon is a semi-annual online-journal that publishes new, peer-reviewed, scholarship on a range of subjects related to Jewish Life. While some of the material is published in English the majority of the journal’s content is in German.

National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933-1945

National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933-1945 is a database and virtual archive that consists of primary source editions and previously unpublished materials all searchable in full text though K.G. Saur Publishers.

Obituaries (ProQuest)

The ProQuest Obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as The New York Times (dating back to 1851).

Oxford Art Online – Grove Art Online

Oxford Grove Online (Formerly Grove Art Online) provides Web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art with quarterly additions of new material and updates.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford DNB is a biographical resource of people who shaped history from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.

Oxford Journals

Journals published by Oxford University Press. The Center for Jewish History holds subscriptions for two of its journals: Modern Judaism and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, unabridged, offers millions of words, phrases, and translations, in French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Included are usage examples and illustrative phrases, grammar guidance, verb tables and pronunciation charts, explanations of grammatical terms, and help with spelling and punctuation.

Oxford Music Online – Grove Music Online

Formerly Grove Music Online offers a dynamic research tool combining the full text of the 29-volume print edition with the added benefit of sophisticated search capabilities, one-click cross-referencing, and an ever increasing network of web-links to musical sites around the world.

Oxford Reference Online

The Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection combines quick reference coverage of the full subject spectrum found in the resources of the Oxford Companions, ranging from ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles.

Project Muse

Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the World Wide Web. The Center for Jewish History provides on-site access to Project Muse journals.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2005)

The ProQuest Historical Newspaper Database of the NY TIMES is a searchable database of full page, full text articles from 1851 to 2005.

Readers' Guide

Readers' Guide indexes a core list of popular periodicals published in the United States and Canada; it also cites book reviews. It corresponds to the printed Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature and is produced by the H.W. Wilson Company.

Shoreshim: Finding Your Jewish Roots in Poland

Shoreshim is a genealogical database relating to the Jewish communities of Poland from pre-19th century to the 20th century. Data includes vital statistics, Holocaust survivor records, army and ghetto records, census, and more.

Soncino Classics Collection (on CD-ROM)

The classics of Judaism in the original languages as well as English translation. In English: the Tanach, the Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, and the Zohar. In Hebrew and/or Aramaic: the Tanach, the Talmud, Rashi's commentary on the Talmud, Rashi's commentary on Chumash, Midrash Rabbah, and the Zohar.


Der Stürmer was an anti-Semitic German weekly, founded and edited by Julius Streicher. It appeared in Nuremberg between 1923 and 1945. The vulgarity of its articles and caricatures possibly surpassed all other Nazi publications. The CD contains 156 issues (approx. 1,775 pages) from 1939 - 1941, and includes a searchable English keyword index.

Testaments to the Holocaust

These are documents and rare printed materials from the Wiener Library in London. The collection offers fully searchable personal accounts of life in Nazi Germany, along with photographs, propaganda materials such as school text books, limited circulation publications, and rare serials.

Washington Post Historical Newspaper

The Washington Post (1877-1990) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Wer ist Wer – Who's Who in Germany (CD-ROM)

Contains biographies of about 32,000 prominent people in Germany including politicians, scientists, artists, sportsmen, writers, leading personalities, and publishers. Also contains 2,000 photos.

World Biographical Information

The World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online) is a comprehensive biographical database, based on the digitization of K. G. Saur's Biographical Archives. It compiles biographical articles from printed reference works published from the 16th to the 21st century, totaling short biographies on more than 4 million people.

World Jewish Directory 2000 (CD-ROM)

A comprehensive listing of Jewish resource centers, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the Diaspora (Holocaust research institutes, museums, colleges, and universities are also listed in Israel). The directory does not mention synagogues, kosher restaurants, or hotels, etc.