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The Archaeology of Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World
- Primary Sources
This course guide lists some starting places for researching secondary sources (journal articles analyzing your topic) and primary sources (material artifacts/books/letters/newpaper articles, etc. from the period your are interested in examining).
We will start with a discussion of using library catalogs and journal article databases, and how to take advantage of indexed terms. here are some broad promising subject headings to start with....
Colonies -- History -- Encyclopedias.
Imperialism -- History -- Encyclopedias.
Colonies -- History
Imperialism -- History
Archeology and History
Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books
Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.
America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).
America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
American Periodicals Series (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
Anthropological Index Online (1970 to present)
AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.
Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.
Social Sciences Citation Index (1984 to present)
Tracks cited references to locate more recent articles in social science.
Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the present
Essays on all aspects of recent African American history: people, events, places, etc.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Surveys of all aspects of black history from the arrival of the first African slaves through the 19th century.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.
Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.