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UK Libraries has purchased a number of e-resources or databases which specialize in primary sources for historical research. Take some time to get to know these - you’ll be glad you did! This list represents some important ones but is not exhaustive. There are many more primary source databases to which the Libraries subscribes. You can find more using the "Databases" tab in the search box on the Libraries homepage. Newspaper databases also can be considered primary source databases for historical research. To see more information on those visit the Finding Articles page in this guide.
More than 6,500 historical periodical titles from the Colonial Era through the early 20th Century (1684-1912), ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil.
Archival collection from the British National Archives. The content spans 30 years, from the election of the National Party in 1948 through to 1980; a period in which South Africa faced increasing international resistance and boycotts, internal strikes and violent demonstrations
"Advice Literature for men and women." Access to approximately 50,000 images of original manuscript and printed material, including a strong core of documents from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Ephemeral material such as ballads, cartoons and pamphlets are featured alongside diaries, advice literature, medical journals, conduct books and periodicals.
Over 36,000 texts covering life in 17th- and 18th-century America, e.g., agriculture and auctions, foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, and witchcraft. Based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans, enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement. As of July 13, 2010, includes the Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1670-1800.
Most every 18th century book printed in England, over 125,000 titles, over 25 million pages. Full-text, fully searchable. This "Long Century" gave birth to several major revolutions: the intellectual, industrial, French and American revolutions. During this Age of Enlightenment publishers issued books on an endless variety of subjects. During this century literacy spread widely and with great passion readers devoured books.
Over 60,000 manuscripts and documents covering the reach of the British Empire, all the way to Australasia, South Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Also includes references to biographies and chronologies.
Provides access to primary sources that focus on 15 significant commodities whose stories are often intertwined: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, oil, opium, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, and wine, and spirits.
Contains over a million titles of statutes, codes, regulations, session laws, journals, and commentaries for northern, central, and eastern European jurisdictions; 50% in English, 50% in western European languages. Source libraries: Yale Law Library; Harvard Law School Library; George Washington University Law Library.
Contains the published records and codes of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, early state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, and digests. A fully searchable digital archive drawing on documents from the Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress.
Includes documents from the United States and Europe as well as other parts of the world. In addition to newspaper collections and books published in the antebellum era, this resource also includes documents from several archives originally available only on microfilm.