Major Research Tools

America: History and Life

Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1954 to present.

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Subjects include area studies, folklore, government, historiography, political science, popular culture, and urban history.

Early American Newspapers I and II

Coverage: 1690-1900 (focus on 1700-1799 and 1820-1860)

Searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of U.S. historic newspapers. The publisher's web site includes a description of some of the key titles within Series I and Series II.

History Matters

Full-Text, Gateway

Selective gateway to online U.S. history resources. Also includes first-person, primary documents and teaching resources. Searchable by keyword or topic.

History Research Tools - U.S. (General)


Skillman Library's links to major indexes and full-text collections covering multiple periods of United States history.

Other Suggested Research Tools

American Periodicals Series Online


Digitized images from American magazines and journals that originated between 1741 and 1900. Includes general interest magazines, children's publications, women's magazines, and literary and professional journals.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800


Electronic collection of nearly every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America from 1639-1800.

Early Americas Digital Archive

Full-Text, Gateway

"Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820."

Early Encounters in North America


Coverage: 1534 - 1850

Online collection of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. It has been indexed to allow for unique browsing and searching (e.g. by type of flora or fauna, encounters between groups of peoples, specific events or places, etc.).

Eighteenth Century Collections Online I and II


Digital collection of 180,000 English language books, pamphlets, essays, and broadsides published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Gale Primary Sources search interface.

Periodicals Index Online

Electronic index to millions of articles published in over 6,000 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, covering more than 300 years.

Specialized Collections

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement


Digitized collection of rare books, manuscripts, and travel narratives with accounts of North American exploration from the time of the Vikings (ca. 1000) through the early 1800s.

Bethlehem Digital History Project


Collection of documents related to the development of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1741 to 1844. Includes community records, personal papers, visitors' accounts and maps.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750


Index of works about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. "Covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples." Note that the full text of English language titles may be found in Early English Books Online or Eighteenth Century Collections Online; for the full text of French titles, check Gallica.

Geography of Slavery in Virginia


Full transcripts and images of runaway and captured ads for slaves, servants, and deserters placed in Virginia newspapers from 1736 to 1790. The site also includes laws, court records, plantation accounts, letters, diaries, and personal papers of planters.

Global Commodities

Primary sources such as manuscripts/diaries, rare books, maps, paintings, advertisements, company records, etc., covering the global history of 15 major commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, energy, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine & spirits.

National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

Hundreds of primary source documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other American history materials drawn from the holdings of the National Archives. Large collections on aviation and space, civil rights, Civil War, founders and founding documents, presidents, and World War II. Images can be used in papers and presentations.

Plymouth Colony Archive Project


Collection of primary texts and analyses on the Plymouth Colony from 1620 to 1691. Primary sources include court records, Colony laws, probate inventories, wills, maps, and other 17th century texts. The site also includes interpretive essays on architecture, material culture, and legal issues by scholars and students.

Salem Witch Trials


Collection of primary sources related to the Salem witch trials of 1692. Includes trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and hundreds of related documents. The site also features lists of individuals associated with the trials and maps that provide a visual representation of the trials' social context.

Virtual Jamestown


Collection of public records, maps, images, first hand accounts, and letters related to the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


Detailed data on trans-Atlantic slaving voyages from the 16th through 19th centuries.