History 471 (W)
The Atlantic World, 1450-1750

Fall 2006
Dr. Marsha Hamilton
Department of History
University of South Alabama

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SOUTHcat Catalog *

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project under Electronic Books on the Homepage

WorldCat.org -- Combined catalog of libraries

Periodical Databases

Unless otherwise noted the following are available through the Articles, Indexes, Databases on the Library homepage.

Ebsco's Academic Search Premier. Some full-text. Includes book reviews.

InfoTrac's Expanded Academic Index. Some full-text. Includes book reviews.

History Reference Center. (EBSCO) Indexes periodicals, books, primary source documents.

History Cooperative Journals.

Periodicals Archives Online. Full text of backfiles of journals in social sciences and humanities.

JSTOR --This is a collection of full-text journals which are usually at least 3 to 5 years old, but often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or as a group. Some relevant journals in JSTOR are:

American Quarterly 1949-1995
Eighteenth-Century Studies 1967-1995
Journal of American History 1964-2000
Mississippi Valley Historical Review 1914-1964
Journal of Economic History 1941-2000
Journal of Military History 1989-2003
Journal of the History of Ideas 1940-1995
Speculum 1926-2000
William and Mary Quarterly 1892-2000

African American Review Vols. 1-30, 1967-2002
Callaloo Vols. 1-17, 1976-2000
Journal of Black Studies Vols. 1-27 (Issue 2), 1970-2002
Journal of Negro History Vols. 1-81, 1916-2001
Transition Issues 1-64, 1961-1999
American Historical Review 1895-2000
Journal of African American History 2002

SocIndex Full Text. (EBSCO)

Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations. USA theses submitted in pdf format available at no charge.

ArticleFirst. (Firstsearch) No full-text; no links.

AnthroSource. Includes full-text of American Anthropological Association publications and links to JSTOR.

Periodical Indexes [print]

Historical Abstracts. Reference D299.H5 (1955-1998) Covers the history of countries excluding U.S, and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes book reviews.

America: History and Life. Reference Z 1236. A48 (1964-1998) Excellent abstracts, but no full-text. Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes book reviews.

Some Important Reference Books

Annals of American History Online. Under Electronic Reference Books on the homepage.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography REF DA 28.O95 2004. 60 vols.
American National Biography REF CT 213 .A68 1999 24 vols+
Dictionary of American Biography. REF E 176 .D57 11 vols.
Dictionary of American History. REF E 174 .D52 1976 8 vols.
Dictionary of National Biography REF DA 28 .D47 1959. 22 vols.+
Catholic Encyclopedia REF BX 841. N44 1967 & 1913
English Historical Documents REF DA 26 .E56 13 vols. (by year)
Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America. REF. E 188.E63 1990
Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies. REF E45.E53 1993
Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL 31 .E46 1987 16 vols. >
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance REF CB 361 .E52 1999 6 Vols.
Encyclopedia of World Biography REF CT 103 .E56 1998
Literature of travel and exploration : an encyclopedia / Jennifer Speake, editor. REF G 465 .L565 2003 3 v.
Atlas of Exploration Univ. Library Reference, Atlas Counter, REF G 1036 .S12 R6 1997
*Research Guide to European Historical Biography 1450-Present REF CT 759 .R47 1992 4 Vols.
Irish Lives REF CT 797.S5 1974
Harvard Guide to American History. Ref. and Bookshelves Z 1236 .F77
AHA Guide to Historical Literature. Ref. Z 6201 .A55 1995
Annals of America. 23 vols. Ref. E 173.A793

A Few Useful Web Sites:

Links to Primary Sources online - http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/PrimarySourcesOnTheWeb.html

Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands. Library of Congress Global Gateway http://international.loc.gov/intldl/awkbhtml/awkbhome.html

Virtual Jamestown http://www.virtualjamestown.org

American Journeys http://www.americanjourneys.org

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School Documents in Law History and Diplomacy

Dr. Brazy's Favorites Primary Documents and History Websites http://www.southalabama.edu/history/faculty/brazy/primary.html

Selected Web Sites on History Compiled by Kathy Jones. Try sections for North America, State & Regional and Documents & Images. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/picks/history.htm

The Internet for Historians From Oxford University. http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/tutorial/history/

Smart Internet Searching:

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Library Resource Guides:


A thorough list of resources used for research in history and available in our library. Selected by Kathy Jones, Reference Librarian. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/guides/history.htm

Sample Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Some LC subject headings for travel narratives:

Voyages and travels.
Travelers' writings.
Travel writing
Travelers' writings, English.
Latin America--Description and travel.
America--Discovery and exploration.

Some LC subject headings for other pertinent books:

Europe -- History -- 1492-1648.
Europe -- History -- 1648-1789.
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Great Britain--Colonies--America--History.
Great Britain--Colonies--America--History--17th century.
Great Britain--Emigration and immigration--History--17th century.
Great Britain--Commerce--History.
Merchant marine--Great Britain--History.
Merchants--Great Britain--History
Explorers--Great Britain--History.
International trade--History.
America--History--To 1810.
Colonization -- History.
Commerce -- History.

Immigrants--New England--History--17th century.
Immigrants--West Indies, British--History--17th century.
Immigrants--Great Britain--History--17th century.
Ships--England--London--Passenger lists.
New England--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
New England--Emigration and immigration--History--17th century.
Cities and towns--Latin America--History
Cities and towns--Caribbean Area
Urbanization--Latin America--History--Latin America--Economic conditions
Urbanization--Caribbean Area--History
Caribbean Area--Economic conditions
Caribbean Area--History--To 1810.
Caribbean Area--Commerce--History
Latin America--Commerce--History
West Indies, British--History.
West Indies, British--Emigration and immigration--History--17th century.
West Indies, British--History--17th century.
Blacks--Caribbean Area--History.
Slavery--Caribbean Area--History.

Sample Keyword Searches in the Catalog

(these can be used on other databases also, but you may have to change the truncation symbol from the question mark ? Sometimes an asterisk* Check the Help screens in the database you are using.)

"united states" and coloni? and atlantic
merchant? and "great britain" and history
"atlantic world"
travel? and writ?
slave? and narrative?
afric? and biography and 17th
("west indies" or caribbean) and (biograph? or "travel writing")

Online Style Guide:

Citing Internet Sources http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~amrel/cit.html

Bedford/St. Martin Sample Paper and Documentation


Turnitin Information

Kathy Jones, Social Sciences Librarian
last modified May 15, 2009