Primary sources: Nonfiction books and essays
General nonfiction literature and essays originally published in book form.
This selective list includes some general bibliographies, gateways, and indexes along with some of the more extensive primary source collections available at Lafayette College. For more subject-specific resources or individual titles, consult the library's annotated list of research tools by subject, and follow suggestions for library catalog searches below.
- Annals of American Literature 1602-1983 Bibliography
- Location: Skillman Ref PS94 .L83 1986
Chronological listing of the main literary output of authors published in the United States. Titles before the early 18th century include works concerned with North America but published elsewhere.
- Annals of English Literature 1475-1950 Bibliography
- Location: Skillman Ref PR83 .A5 1961x
Chronological listing of the main literary output of authors writing in English.
- Early American Imprints Full Text
- Includes Series I ("Evans"), nearly every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America from 1639-1800, and Series II ("Shaw-Shoemaker"), American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century.
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online Full Text
- Digital collection of 150,000 English language books published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion.
- Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective Index
- Location: Skillman Ref A13 .E752
Author and subject index to essays published in collections, with particular emphasis on materials in the humanities and social sciences.
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