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Early American History: Primary Source Collections

Guide to resources for Early American history research- Originally created for Dr. Shannon Duffy's history classes

Finding Primary Sources

The lists below provide links to several key databases from the university libraries as well as sources available on the internet.

The library has many databases containing primary sources for historical research.  Those dealing with Early American history are on this page.

The full list of primary source databases may be helpful

Other Online Sources

Library Databases

Readex Databases & Search Tips

Readex Corporation produces Both Early American Imprints and Early American Newspapers Databases (links listed at left)  The databases contain primary source materials focused on Early America.    Readex has  developed a search engine to search across their several databases, including the Early American titles.

You may prefer this to searching their individual databases so, here's the link-

Readex All Search


You'll see a link near the bottom of the main page to provide feedback to Readex.  Feel free to let them know what you think of the interface. 


The Powerpoints above provide screenshots and quick directions on searching both Early American Newspapers and Early American Imprints databases.

These were provided by the database company for your use.