Tips on locating PRIMARY SOURCES

My Top Ten Library Subscription Databases

New York Times Historical (1851-2008)

Access World News: The World [good for recent Latin American newspapers (1990s onward), including titles from Mexico, Colombia, etc.,]

Congressional (Lexis-Nexis Proquest) [Most Congressional publications are indexed here; a few are available in full text here. ]

  • If this database does not have the full text of an item, you can also try Heinonline and U.S. Serial Set
  • Recent hearing transcripts for House committees are here. You will need to know the name of the committee.

Heinonline [Congressional Record, recent Congressional hearings; government documents, international law journals, Foreign Relations of the US]

U.S. Serial Set [Congressional documents]

U.S. Federal and State Cases (Lexis-Nexis) [Legal cases]

Digital National Security Archive [FOIA requests archived; a lot of foreign relations materials]

Hispanic American Newspapers [1808-1980, in Spanish]

African American Newspapers (1827-1998)

America’s Historical Newspapers (includes both of the two listed above + English language mainstream press)

JSTOR (for primary sources use the advanced search and limit the dates to the years you are researching; remember that JSTOR is an archive of scholarly journals, so most of what you find will be in that genre)

Worldcat (cross search the library catalogs of most university libraries in the country; request books by ILL; look here for published primary sources)

My bibliography of open-access online archives of digitized primary sources (this is not exhaustive; feel free to add other databases that you find).

 Zotero Group Library — Online Archives of Primary Sources

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About aprilmerleaux

I am an Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University. My research and teaching focuses on the 20th century United States in international context. My book, Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness was published by UNC Press in 2015.
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