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Finding Primary Sources

  • Accessible Archives
    Primary source materials in American history. Discover eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records through electronic versions of historical newspapers and books.
  • African-American Newspapers : The 19th Century
  • American Antiquarian Society Historial Periodicals Collection, 1691 - 1877 ( all parts )
    The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Digitized images of American magazines and journals from 7,600+ periodicals with 7 million images.
  • American Memory Project
    American Memory provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
  • American State Papers ( 1789 - 1838 )
    The American State Papers contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838. The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Serial Set in 1817.
  • Avalon Project
    Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy (ancient through 21st century).
  • Born in Slavery
    Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.
  • British History Online
    Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
  • Civil War Newspapers
    Contains major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.
  • Documenting the American South
    A publishing initiative that provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I : Evans, 1639 - 1800
    Full text of books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints. With subjects ranging from captivity narratives to playbills to atlases to sermons to juvenile literature, this collection provides information about all aspects of American life and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Eurodocs
    European primary historical documents
  • Historic Government Publications from World War II
    Contains 343 Informational pamphlets, government reports, instructions, regulations, declarations, speeches, and propaganda materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) during the Second World War. Digital Collection from Southern Methodist University.
  • Historical Census Browser ( Univ of Virginia )
    Provides detailed access to historical census data from the original 1790 census to 1960. View state and county data, select up to 15 variables, and create graphical charts.
  • Lancaster County Digitization Project
    Digital collections relating to the Lancaster region from local colleges and universities, libraries, and historical societies.
  • Locating London's Past
    Search digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth century London. Map the results on a GIS version of John Rocque's 1746 map.
  • London Lives
    Online primary sources about eighteenth-century London.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online ( MEMSO )
    Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO) combines key printed sources from English, Irish, Scottish, Colonial history and original manuscripts. A comprehensive resource for the study of Britain and its place in the world during the medieval and early modern period (c. 1100-1800).
  • New York Times ( 1851 - 2009 )
  • North American Women's Diaries and Letters
    150,000 pages of diaries and letters from 1325 women.
  • PA Superior Court Cases from 1895
    Search state Superior Court decisions from Pennsylvania.
  • PA Supreme Court Cases from 1754
    Search state Supreme Court decisions from Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspapers
    Contains articles, photographs, and advertisements from selected newspapers published in Pennsylvania during the pivotal years before, during, and after the U.S. Civil War.
  • Readers Guide Retrospective ( 1890 - 1982 )
    Readers’ Guide Retrospective covers the popular press and offers full coverage of the original paper volumes for nearly 100 years.
  • Salem Witch Trials
    Documentary archive and transcription project, hosted by University of Virginia.
  • Slavery & Abolition in the US: Selected Publications from the 1800s
    A digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery in the United States as expressed by Americans throughout the nineteenth century, created by Dickinson College and Millersville University. Funded through LSTA grants.
  • Teaching with Documents (National Archives)
    Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
    Information on more than 35,000 slave voyages
    that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Twentieth Century Advice Literature : North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex and the Family
    The collection provides a window into American social history by bringing together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century.

    Secondary Access Link
  • US Congressional Serial Set ( 1817 - 1980 )
    Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, originally published in approximately 13,800 bound volume.
  • Wall Street Journal ( 1889 - 1996 )
  • War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
    Available through Making of America and Cornell University, this is the online version of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.
  • Women and Social Movements ( Scholar's Edition )
    Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Includes 110 document projects and archives with almost 4,200 documents and more than 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Finding Scholarly Articles

  • Academic Search Complete  
    Featuring thousands of full-text journals, this database covers a broad range of important areas of academic study.
  • America History & Life
    Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. 
  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including world history, military history, women's history, and history of education.
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective ( 1907 - 1984 )
    Offers a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences, dating as far back as 1907.
  • JSTOR Journal Archive
    A full-text archive of scholarly journals.
  • Project Muse
    Full-text of 300+ peer-reviewed journals. Covers literature, history, the arts, culture, education, political science, gender studies, etc.

Finding Books

  • Request It (E-ZBorrow)
    The fastest way to get a book that Millersville does not have. Items usually arrive within 4 business days and can be picked up at the circulation desk.
  • EBSCOHost ebooks    
    30,000+ ebooks on all topics.
  • Millersville University Library Catalog  
    Use the library catalog to find books, eBooks, children's literature, journals, and DVDs.
  • Worldcat
    Find books on all topics in libraries all over the world. Use this first and then look for the titles you find in E-ZBorrow.

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