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LIBRARY GUIDE TO History - Colonial and Early U.S. History

General history resources
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR and Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Archives the full-text of articles from numerous history journals.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff America: History & Life
The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Provides indexing for 1,700 journals. How to export to RefWorks. Coverage: 1964-present

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, the history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 1700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages since 1955. How to export to RefWorks
Free American history textbook
The American Yawp is a free, online American history textbook created by history professors as an alternative to the traditional textbook.
Find Books

Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Major journals in early American History
The William and Mary Quarterly. The leading journal in its field. Includes scholarship in history and related disciplines from initial Old World-New World contacts to the early nineteenth century and beyond.

Eighteenth Century Studies. Research on all aspects of 18th century culture.

The Journal of American History. One of the leading scholarly publications in American history.

The American Historical Review. The journal of the American Historical Association covers all fields of history and is the leading scholarly historical publication in the U.S.

The Journal of the Early Republic. Covers the period 1776-1861.
Primary sources
Annals of America
A multi-volume set that includes 3 volumes of documents on the colonial period, and one on the early Republic.

Judicial Cases Concerning American Slavery 
Legal documents regarding slavery

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Early American Imprints, entire series
Books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in colonial America and the early republic.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff American Periodicals Online Series
This source includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from 1740-1940.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Eighteenth Century Collections Online
180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) including books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more. Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

Colonial newspapers at KL (microcards in room 143KL- readable with our new microform reader and scanner). Example: Boston Chronicle (1767-1770)

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
Digital library of over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. To find U.S. history resources browse by Geography, select United States.

Online sources
(in addition to those listed in the general history guide):
For more sources see:
For more information
18thConnect:  portal to digital primary and secondary sources on the long 18th century

The History research guide at Kresge Library
Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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