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Early American History: Articles

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

Bibliography Mining

If someone has already done research on a topic you are investigating you are encouraged to seek out the same sources. Sometimes you may find an abundant amount of material that wasn't important to them, but is perfect for you. Other times you may find you disagree with their interpretation, which will give you something to write about from a fresh perspective. 

Theses and dissertations are a great place to find bibliographies (sometimes called literature reviews)  Many can be found in this database-

Finding Articles & Documents on Early America

The library has many databases dealing with historical topics. A full list of those database is avilable here The databases listed below are some good starting points for your research.

Linking to Articles in Various Databases

You can link to articles in library databases, such as JSTOR or EBSCO databases long as you know these simple tricks!

Click on the linking tab at the top of the page for instructions.

This guide is arranged by the name of the database producer. 

The producers of some of the key history databases are-

EBSCO-  America, History & Life

                  Historical Abstracts

Readex-  Early American Imprints

                  Early American Newspapers

Proquest-  Historic Newspaper databases


                    Dissertations & Theses

Some key journals for research

Below are list of key journals in the study of early American history.  To find out what is in these journals, using one of the databases listed in the box above is the best approach.  Most databases also allow for limiting of searches to within specific journals so, adding a journal title to you search may help narrow your results. 

 American Historical Review

Journal of American History

Journal of British Studies

Journal of the Early Republic

Journal of Southern History

New England Quarterly

Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography

Virginia Magazine of History & Biography

William & Mary Quarterly (Online access)

William & Mary Quarterly (print access)


These are just a few of the thousands of journals we have access to via the Alkek Library.  you may check the Periodical List  by the title of any  journal to determine what access we have to that title.