American History

Pick a research topic

Use dictionaries and handbooks to find overviews on broad topics


Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find books and peer-reviewed journal articles or books on any topic. If you need help, use Omni Search Tips

Search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

Key Journal Article Databases: 

Dissertations Database

Begin with:

How to search for primary sources:

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using the library's main search box to find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection. Keyword searches that include the following terms will identify primary materials most of the time.

  • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Memoir
  • Personal narrative
  • Recollections
  • Reminiscences
  • Journal
  • Sources

 Other search tips:

Primary Sources on the web



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Content last reviewed: January 20, 2021