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What did your Grandparents do? A Global Exploration of Individual Life Histories: Primary Sources


  • ProQuest Historical NewspapersUse for: major US and  historical black newspapers
    Tip: Coverage varies, with many going back to the 19th century. Look at the scope note ("see more").
  • America's Historical Newspapers
    America's Historical Newspapers allows users to search U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922.

Online Primary Sources

  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
    This digital collection documents key aspects of the history of slavery including the Middle Passage
  • Sabin Americana
    This collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.
  • LexisNexis Congressional
     U.S. bills, laws, regulations, Congressional debate, hearings, and committee reports..
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
      reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; 1817-1980 currently available

Catalog Tips-Primary Sources

    * Add subject keyword "sources" to your search terms
    * Search subject keyword "united states foreign relations sources" AND [keyword for your country or topic]
    * Search title "confidential us state department central files" for microform sets
    * Search "documentary history of the [  ] presidency"
    * Search for newspaper titles and check the years covered (see News section of this guide)