Subject Guide: Early American History 

Subject Guide: Early American History 

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    • Search by keyword for materials on a particular topic.   
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      Example: Keyword search ~   black* and american revolution
      Example: Subject Headings:  
      United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- African Americans. 

You can also find primary sources using Scotty by combining your keywords with one or more of the following "primary source keywords."  

Example:  quakers and diaries        

Primary Source Keywords

Description and Travel
Diary or diaries
Early works to _____

Oral Histories
Personal Narratives

Pictorial works
Songs and Music

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Guides to the Literature:
Resources which identify standard works and major writings in a discipline



Reference Sources in History

Ref Z6201 F72 2004

American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature

Ref Z6201 A55 1995

Harvard Guide to American History

Ref Z1236 F77 1974

Handbook for Research in American History

Ref Z1236 P78 1994

Listings of articles and books on specific subjects


Bibliographies can be published as standalone books, or found at the end of articles and books/book chapters.  To find books, find the appropriate subject with the subdivision BIBLIOGRAPHY.   
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Bibliography.  

Books on early American history and culture, 1991-1995
: an annotated bibliography

Z1237. I79 2000

Maps and charts published in America before 1800: a bibliography

Map Ref Z6027 .A5 W68

Revolutionary America 1763-1789

Ref Z1238 G43 1984   

Bibliography of the Public Archives of the Thirteen Original States

Ref. Z1237 H38 1908 

Reference Works   


Women in early America : struggle, survival, and freedom in a  new  world               

Ref HQ1416 .M395 2004

Historical dictionary of the early American republic

Ref E301 .B79 2006 

Encyclopedia of the American Revolution : library of military history

Ref E208 .E63 2006

Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War 

Ref E208 .E64 2006 

Encyclopedia Of the New American Nation

Ref E301 .E53 2006

American Diaries, Vol. 1: 1492-1844 

Ref Z5305 .U5 A74 1983

American National Biography


The study of the way history has been and is written--the history of historical writing.

To locate a historiography on your topic, find the appropriate subject with the subdivision  HISTORIOGRAPHY.  Example:  United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Historiography.

Messy beginnings : postcoloniality and early American studies 

E188.5 .M39 2003 

Encyclopedia of historians and historical writing

Ref D14 E58 1999

Reader's guide to American history

Ref E178.1 R43 1997 

Politics of history : writing the history of the American Revolution, 1783-1815

E209 .S5         

Journal Articles, Book Reviews, Book chapters   

America: History & Life - Scholarly articles, reviews, dissertations, and collections in US and Canadian history from pre-history to present, most with abstracts and some full-text; 1964-present.
          - allows limiting by time period (century or decade)
          - includes book reviews 
          - can browse these fields 
UC-eLinks to check holdings 
JSTOR The Scholarly Journal Archive  - digitized archives of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800s. Note: JSTOR is not a current issues database - it does not include the past 1-5 years.  
           - can search or browse by discipline/journal titles 
           - searches the entire article for keywords unless you limit  
           - includes book reviews
Primary Sources  Colonial Newspapers:


Arts & Humanities Citation Index - Articles in the arts and humanities; plus citation searching for articles that cite known authors or works, most with abstracts; 1975-present. 
           - use initials for author's first names 
           - can search by cited author 
           - multi-disciplinary 
           - abstracts for works 2000 forward 
UC-eLinks to check holdings 



Early American Imprints, Series I 1639-1800
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Early Encounters in North America, 1534-1850  (letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts)
North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Dolley Madison Digital Edition: Letters 1788 - June 1836
American Drama, 1714-1915
American Poetry, 1600-1900
Colonial Connecticut Records [1636-1776] ...
American Memory Collection via Library of Congress


American Culture Series, 1493-1875

M'film 393

American Women's Diaries: New England

M'film 557



Colonial Periodicals

Early American newspapers, Series I. (1690-1876)
Colonial and Early American Newspapers for specific titles.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800) - this is on the CD-ROM Network, not the internet!

Also guides to newspapers:  

Early American Newspapers

Ref Z6947 R4 1978

History and Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690-1820

Ref Z6951 B75 1947

Chronological Tables of American Newspapers

Ref Z6951 L35




American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900

Also guides to colonial periodicals:  

History of American Magazines

Ref PN4877 M68

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