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American Studies Guide: Databases

Why Databases?

Best Databases for Finding Primary Sources

Reference Databases

American History Databases

Basic Search Strategies

Lenfest Library Catalog:

  • By Subject: United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources
  • [Your colony] + filtered by “[your colony] Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775”
  • Advanced search: [your colony/state] and tags: "primary source"


Annals of American History:

  • Try looking through the time periods 1493-1754 and 1755-1783
  • If you are looking for information AFTER the War for Independence, look in the dates AFTER
  • Browse by topic (ex. National Character)

JSTOR (Always use advanced search!):

  • Try adding the years you are interested in