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United States History Resources

Use this guide to locate secondary and primary sources on American history topics

Historic American Newspapers - Try these first!

Historical Magazines

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Explore Primary Source Databases

We have a vast new collection of primary source databases from vendor Adam Matthew covering a wide range of topics and world regions. Browse through them using the link below. Contact me for help with the resources.

Find Printed & Online Primary Sources in the Library Catalog

Many primary-source documents have been reproduced in books commonly held in research libraries. You can use Library Search to retrieve this material.

  • Enter your search terms and then select the Books & Media box.
  • Try adding keywords such as CorrespondenceDiariesInterviewsPersonal Narratives, and Sources along with your research topic to identify printed primary sources.
  • You can also filter for these terms under "Genre" to the left of your search results.
  • When you find a title of interest, such as personal narratives from the first World War, select the hyper-linked subjects in the item record to find additional titles. For example, the heading: World War, 1914-1918--Personal Narratives.

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