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Library Resources for HY 135old image of colonial town

These sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

Library Catalog:

The SOUTHcat catalog contains records for books, e‐books, journals, CD‐ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles(see "Indexes to Journals and Articles" below) Click here for video tutorials of the search process.

Search tips for Limiting to Primary Sources::

•Include one or more of the following search terms in a keyword search to limit a search to primary sources: correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, interviews, letters and sources.
Use truncation symbol (?) to broaden search terms.

•Do an author search:

Franklin, Benjamin
Madison, James
Williams, Roger
Bradford, William
Winthrop, John

•Sample Searches on SOUTHcat Catalog:

united states-history-colonial period
women - united states-history-18th century
slavery-united states-history-17th century

"united states" "colonial period" sources
women "colonial period" diar?
american newspapers colonial
"indians of north america" sources
colonial “united states” letter?
newspaper? "united states" bibliograph?
"thomas jefferson" correspondence

Selected Print Resources for Primary Material in USA Library

    • Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents. Reference E 173 .E54 2004 (3 vols.)
    • Documents of Political Foundation Written by Colonial Americans. Bookstacks KF 4502 .D64 1986
    • Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives : Documents in Early American History. Bookstacks HQ 1416 .W67 1998
    • Journeys in New Worlds : Early American Women’s Narratives. Bookstacks E 187.5 .J68 1990
    • Benjamin Franklin Papers. Bookstacks E 302 .F83 1962
    • Annals of America. Reference E 173 .A793

Reference Books

    • Dictionary of American Biography. Reference E 176 .D566
    • American National Biography. Reference CT 213 .A68 1999

Indexes to Books

  • WorldCat ( This web version allows you to discover how close items are to your location.
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book Project. Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. (All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but best search results are from E-Book website)
  • NetLibrary. All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can be searched with keyword or subject searches from the NetLibrary site. Must register and establish user name and password to check out book for four hours.

Indexes to Journals and Articles

Some indexes will also have links to full-text of the articles. Dates of full-text coverage may vary with different databases. One way to check availability is to use "Our Journal List" under "Articles, Indexes and Databases” on the University Library homepage (SOUTHcat Plus).

    • JSTOR. A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
    • Project Muse. A collection of full-text journals which provides current coverage of journals, including many of the titles in JSTOR.
    • History Reference Center. EBSCO database. This will retrieve primary and secondary items.
    • History Cooperative Journals: includes American Historical Review, Journal of American History and William and Mary Quarterly
    • Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac). Some full-text. Includes book reviews.
    • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Some full-text. Includes book reviews

Our Journal List:

This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go here to see if the Libraries have a subscription to this particular volume, issue and year of the journal you need. Occasionally the information is incorrect and/or unclear. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availability of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for a year from their publication date.)

Internet Projects containing Primary Material

•American Journeys.
•History Matters.
•Avalon Project.
•Virtual Jamestown
•Plymouth Colony Archive Project.
•Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive
•American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
•Documents from the Continental Congress
•Web Resource in Early American History

Style Guides:

Bedford/St. Martin Documentation
Chicago Manual of Style. Ready Reference Z 253 .U69
Citing Internet Sources

Library Resource Guides:

American Colonial documents
Locating Primary Sources