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EUH2001 - Modern Western Civilization (Bray): Databases

This guide is designed to help Osceola Campus students with library research as they complete assignments in Professor Bray's Modern Western Civilization classes.

Accessing Databases

How to Access the Databases and/or Online Catalog

The easiest method is to use Atlas.After logging in to Atlas,

  • Click on the “Courses” tab.
  • Click “Search the Library,” on the right side of your screen.
  • Click “Databases A-Z” or “Databases by Subject” to select your database.‚Äč


If Atlas is experiencing difficulties you can use this URL to access the online catalog and databases:


From the main Valencia webpage: use the dropdown menu on the Student Resources Tab to choose Libraries. You can also type “Library” in the Search Box. Scroll down until you see a Red Search Button. Click it. The best way to use the Library Catalog is to click the Library Catalog Tab. This is the best way to search for books, eBooks, DVDs, eVideos etc. Search specifically using Advanced Search and choosing Campus & Format.

Using Electronic Resources (eBooks, eVideos & Databases requires logging in. Logging in to Valencia electronic resources other ways than through Atlas requires using your Valencia Student Identification number (your “V” number including the “V”) plus your PIN (the last 4 digits of your “V” number). You may also need to select Valencia from a drop-down menu.

The login button is found near the top right of the Online Catalog.

Click “Databases A-Z” or “Databases by Subject” to select your database.

Clicking the database links within this guide without logging into Atlas will require you to log in using your VID.

History Databases

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 750 history reference books and encyclopedias, and cover-to-cover full text from nearly 60 history magazines. The database also contains 58,000 historical documents; 43,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 12,000 historical photos and maps; and 87 hours of historical film and video.


Daily Life Through History provides content from a vast number of reference works, monographs, and primary documents. Based on the landmark Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life, Greenwood Daily Life Online is supported by an active publishing program to ensure an ever-expanding and updated content base.

World at War provides access to authoritative reference content, pertinent primary sources, and a wealth of historical insight and analysis on the important themes and consequences of all major U.S.-involved wars, from the founding of the country to the present.

World History The Modern Era is a comprehensive database that includes coverage from the Renaissance to the present day with a large selection of primary source materials.

Multi-Disciplinary Databases

Academic Search Complete Button


Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary database with access to articles from many different disciplines, including hundreds of history periodicals and resources.


 JSTOR Button

JSTOR provides access to back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Over 700 titles available, including numerous historical periodicals with coverage dating back to a hundred years or more.

Specialized Databases

Biography ~ Gale In Context


Biography ~ Gale in Context  provides periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text. This database will help you obtain background information on an athlete or musician's life.



Search Terms

When searching the library catalog or databases for resources relating to your controversial topic, try the following searches:

Scientific Revolution



Irish Potato Famine

Great Famine, Ireland, 1845-1852

Karl Marx


Revol* (* is a MAGIC key letting you get all forms of the word in this case Revolution, Revolutionary or Revolt)


For more specific results, try a more specific search using two of the search boxes such as:

Scientific Revolution  AND Women

Scientific Revolution  AND Women AND Europe

Enlightenment AND Slavery 

Enlightenment AND Slavery AND Europe

Napoleon AND Fall

Napoleon AND Fall AND Causes

Napoleon AND Fall AND Causes or Reasons or Factors

Napoleon AND Revol*

Karl Marc AND Socialism

Irish Potato Famine AND Results OR Effects OR Outcomes OR Impacts