Major Research Tools

America: History and Life

Index
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

Full-Text
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)

Gateway

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

Full-Text

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

Full-Text

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

Full-Text

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

Full-Text

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.


Specialized Collections

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement

Full-Text

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

Full-Text

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


Federalist Papers

Full-Text

The original text of the Federalist Papers (also known as The Federalist). View or download the entire or partial plain text version of all of the Federalist Papers as supplied by Project Gutenberg.


Founders Online

Full-Text

Annotated, authoritative documents from six founders: Washington, Franklin, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. A project of the National Archives and the University of Virginia Press.


Geography of Slavery in Virginia

Full-Text

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.


Historic Pittsburgh

Full-Text

Collection of primary and secondary sources related to the history of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region from the 18th century to the early 20th century. The site, from The University of Pittsburgh, includes over 300 books, nearly 600 maps, census schedules, and a timeline.


Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties

Full-Text

Compilation of U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes from 1778 to 1971.


National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults

Full-Text

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.


New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825

Data

Detailed election returns for all offices and all states. From the American Antiquarian Society


Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800

Full-Text

Digitized documents from the Department of War, which was responsible for "Indian affairs, veteran affairs, naval affairs (until 1798), as well as militia and army matters."


Primary Documents in American History

Full-Text

Coverage: 1763-1877

Important documents from U.S. history (e.g., Treaty of Paris, Missouri Compromise) with brief background information and links to other relevant primary materials. Provided by the Library of Congress.


U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

Full-Text

Records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st-43rd United States Congresses.


Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Data

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