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Global history of American food and drink: Primary Sources

History 104.04 Ludington Spring 2011

Online primary sources

  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Full text of many U.S. and European newspapers from recent years
  • Times Digital Archive
    Full text of The Times (London) from 1785-1985
  • New York Times Historical
    1851-3 years ago
  • Ad*Access
    presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
  • Sabin Americana
    This collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
    reproduces over 125,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides published in English between 1475 and 1700.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) provides access to the complete works of many 18th century authors, women writers of the 18th century and French Revolution collections are included.
  • American Periodicals Series (APS) provides access to full text images of popular American newspaper, professional journals and magazines that began publication from 1740-1900.

  • America's Historical Newspapers (1690 to 1922) provides access to scanned images from newspapers from all 50 U.S. states.

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) is an excellent source to identify articles from popular/general interest magazines.  It indexes over 200 magazines published in the United States.

Finding Primary sources in the catalog

  • Go to Advanced Search in the online catalog
  • Under Subject  enter "sources," "personal narratives" or "diaries"
  • Under Keywords enter terms related to your topic 
  • Find Subject Headings related to your topic that include words such as "-diaries" or "-personal narratives"
  • Sample keywords to find primary sources:
    • food History sources
    • Ireland famine sources