These databases are useful for finding articles - mostly scholarly - about history, anthropology, and archeology. Try using search terms that reflect specific towns, cities, civilizations, and cultures that interest you.
These collections contain primary sources like historical newspaper and magazine articles and digitized archival materials. They are useful for finding primary sources about ghost towns and extinct cities - perhaps materials created while they were still thriving. As with secondary databases, try using search terms that reflect the topics and subjects that interest you.