Where to find modern history sources online

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Below are some general resources for finding sources for Modern History. However, there are also dedicated sections for:

Primary Sources

Modern History Sourcebook

Fordham University provides a list of links to online primary sources from the modern era.

American National Archives

A massive collection of resources from American history.

American Library of Congress

This is the largest library in the world. Also provides:

Historical American Newspaper Archive

Imperial War Museums

A great place for finding sources on modern warfare, particularly from a British perspective.

UK National Archives

The British archive website which provides access to a huge range of materials.

British History Online

British History Online contains primary and secondary sources for the history of the British Isles. You can find a diverse range of sources here.

The Advertising Archives

Search for advertisements from over 100 years of publications.

The British Parthé News Footage Archive

Find real primary source film footage of major historical events from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

Secondary Sources


An online academic database used by universities worldwide that is a superb resource for History students. To view full articles, you will require membership.

Modern History Flipboard Magazine

A collection of online articles and news reports about Modern History.

Please Note: Some internet browsers do not handle the Flipboard website well, and it is sometimes better to have the Flipboard App to view the magazine.

Google Scholar

This searches internet sites for academic articles and books. It often only provides one or two pages, but it is often enough to find quotes and bibliographical details.

JURN Search Engine

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses.