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 using Omni:

  • Search your topic (or historical person of interest) on Omni 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:

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Content last reviewed: March 26, 2021