University Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for HY 443

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.

USA Libraries' 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) It also includes the contents of the microfiche Library of Amrican Civilization and links to online books in the ACLS Humanities E-Books Project and in NetLibrary. 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: e.g. washington, george; adams, john

Sample Searches on SOUTHcat Catalog:

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

Keyword (AND with Relevance) NOTE: Be careful not to put 2 spaces between your words
"united states" revolution
"revolution 177?" "personal narratives"
"social classes" history "united states"
"united states" revolution? backcountry

Some Collections of Primary Documents or their Identification

Library of American Civilization is a microfiche collection relating to all aspects of American life and literature, from the beginning to the outbreak of World War I. Included are pamphlets, periodicals, documents both public and private, biographies and autobiographies.

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 as a group.
** Searching the word "documents" in the title field will often retrieve primary documents published in these journals.

Annals of American History. Under "Electronic Reference Books." ". . . speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images and multimedia."

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  • NOTE: Browse the area in the stacks of the most common call numbers found in this list.
  • Journals of the Continental Congress. Gov. Docs Bookshelves LC 4.5:(v. 1-34, 1774-1789)
  • Greenwood Library of American War Reporting. Vol. 1: The French and Indian War & The Revolutionary War. Bookstacks D5.G84 2005
  • Annals of America. Ref. E 173 .A793 (also electronic)
  • Pamphlets of the American Revolution. Bookstacks E 203 .B3 (v.1: 1750-1765)
  • Tracts of the American Revolution. Bookstacks E 203 .J4
  • Personal Writings By Women to 1900. Bookstacks Z 1229 .W8 D38 1989
  • 100 Key Documents in American Democracy. Ref. E 173 .A15 1994
  • Black Soldiers in the Colonial Militia. Bookstacks E 184.6 .B49 1994
  • Documents of the American Revolution, 1770-1783: Colonial Office Series (UK).Bookstacks E 203 .G68 1972 (21 volumes)
  • Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs From Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1675-1815. Bookstacks E 184 .I6 I683 2003
  • English Defenders of American Freedoms, 1774-1778. Gov. Docs. LC 1.2: En 3/774-78
  • Diary of the American Revolution From Newspapers and Original Documents. Library of American Civilization LAC 20225-26
  • Making of the American Republic: The Great Documents, 1774-1789. Ref. E 303 .T3
  • Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Documents in Early American History. Bookstacks HQ 1416 .W67 1998
  • Documents of American Constitutional & Legal History. Bookstacks KF 4502 .D635 1989b
  • Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Gov. Documents GS 4.6/2: AM 3
  • Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary War Series. Bookstacks E312.72 1985 (v.1-11)
  • Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Bookstacks E 302. F82 (v.1-37)
  • Papers of James Madison. Bookstacks E 302. M19 (v.1-12, 14-17)

Selected Websites for Primary Documents

Book Databases:to top of page

  • WorldCat (FirstSearch and web as .org) An index to books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author or title. No full text, but links to InterLibrary Loan.
  • WorldCat ( This web version allows you to discover how close items are to your location and links to InterLibrary Loan.
  • 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 or 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.
  • Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations. Searchable by author, keyword or institution. USA theses submitted in pdf format are available online at no charge.
  • Google Books. Part of Google's library-scanning project. Good for out-of-copyright materials.
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Article Databases

Some of these will 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 Cooperative Journals: includes American Historical Review, Journal of American History and William and Mary Quarterly
  • Periodicals Archive Online. Similar to JSTOR. Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac). Some full-text. Includes book reviews.
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Some full-text. Includes book reviews.
  • History Reference Center. EBSCO database. Set correct "timeline" and "publication type." No need to enter words in the search. This will retrieve primary documents from that period.
  • Readers’ Guide Retrospective. Index to general interest periodicals for the period 1890-1982. No full text.
  • America: History and Life. Reference Z 1236 .A48 (1964-1998) Excellent abstracts. No full-text. Includes book reviews.
  • Google Scholar - Google's attempt at an academic database. Set Preferences to University of South Alabama to enliven links to our material.

Our Journal List:to top of page

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.

Style Guides:

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

Library Resource Guides:

Locating Primary Sources