The two main article databases for history are Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life. America: History and Life will be the best place to begin when looking for secondary sources in this class.
America: History and Life indexes articles, book reviews, and dissertations on all periods of North American history, and in some cases it provides links to the full text of the articles online. Historical Abstracts indexes articles, book reviews, and dissertations on all aspects of world history, excluding North America, from 1450 to the present.
You can browse a list of subject terms by clicking on "Index" on the left side of the blue bar across the top of the screen. (Choose "Subject terms" from the drop-down menu and enter your term in the "Browse" search box.) You can construct Boolean searches by using the Advanced Search option and combine keywords or subject terms or both.
Your search results display as short records, which you can expand by clicking on the title. The full entry shows you an abstract or summary of the article. Some of the records provide a link to the full text of the article.
The University Library has hundreds of newspapers on microfilm, with coverage back to 1960 and earlier. The best way to check for availability of specific titles, or to browse by date and place of publication, is to consult the Library's Newspaper Database.