History & Genealogy

Start your history search here. Find biographical details, historical facts, and even info about your own ancestry. You can also explore various collections of historical information housed with the DCL Archives & Local History—a free resource for researching people, places and events with ties to Douglas County.

Academic Search Complete

Full-text article database of scholarly and peer-reviewed journals covering a variety of subjects, including biology, chemistry, psychology and physics.


Comprehensive genealogy and local history resource using census, vital and immigration records, and more. Access is available only in a library.

Biography in Context

Biographical entries from encyclopedias and journal articles about noteworthy world figures.


Targeted search levels for children, young adults, and an adult reference center. Current events and primary sources are included.

Colorado Historic Newspapers

Explore 250 different local newspapers, dating from 1859 to 1982.


Illustrated resource featuring cultural and geographical information on provinces, states and world topics.

Educator Resources

Educator's Explora

Lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources for educators.

General Research

General Research Explora

A searchable database that uses various sources, including academic journals, magazines, reference books and more, to provide full-text articles on selected topics.

History Resources: Facts on File

Research portal for American History, Modern World History, and Ancient & Medieval History Online.


Billions of historical documents, and millions of historical photos, for genealogical research, starting from the 16th century. Available from home.

Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A searchable database by topic or subject, including the arts, literature, business, history and medicine.