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Worldcat Local Unrestricted Resource
Coverage varies. A catalog of materials held by libraries worldwide including books, serials, media, and electronic resources. When you find an item of interest, enter your zip code to see what libraries close to home own the item.

Articles

America: History and Life Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Coverage: 1964-present. A resource for studying the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Academic Search Premier Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)


JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

Periodicals Archive Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Coverage: 1770-1990. A database of millions of articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.

Encyclopedias - United States

Oxford African American Studies Center Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2008 ed. An authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African Diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries.

Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience
Call Number: Case Ref DT14 .A37435 2005
Located in Library
A highly regarded reference work with strong focus on the African continent and its descendant cultures in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. To a lesser extent it also covers the African presence in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: the Black experience in the Americas Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2006 ed. Covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Uses biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces to fully define in one source the cultural roots and current condition of the African-American community.

Slavery in the United States: A social, political, and historical encyclopedia Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2007 ed. A comprehensive, contextual presentation of all aspects(social, political, and economic) of slavery in the United States, from the first colonization through Reconstruction.

Dictionary of American History Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2002 ed. This revised work serves students, scholars, and general readers interested in a wide range of topics in American history, from the well studied and familiar to the obscure.

Encyclopedia of the underground railroad / J. Blaine Hudson
Call Number: CASE Ref. E450 .H855 2006
Located in Library
A good general reference book on the underground railroad. Published by McFarland in 2006.

Encyclopedia of the American Civil War : a political, social, and military history Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2000 ed. A comprehensive reference on the political, social, and military aspects of the American Civil War.

Hippocrene guide to the underground railroad / Charles L. Blockson
Call Number: CASE Ref. E450 .B65 1994
Located in Library
This is a annotated listing of key spots along the underground railroad. Organized by region and then by state, this guide provides short descriptions of houses, churches, and other meeting spots.

Traveling the underground railroad : a visitor\'s guide to more than 300 sites
Call Number: CASE Ref. E450 .C46 1999
Located in Library
Published in 1999 this has content similar to the Hippocrene Guide listed above. It adds more general detail about the history of slavery and the development of the underground railroad.

Newspapers -- Historical

African American Newspapers - 1827 - 1998 (Newsbank) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

African American Newspapers: the 19th Century Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 1827-1862. A collection of African-American newspapers containing a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

America's Historical Newspapers Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 1690-1922. Includes more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. (formerly called Early American Newspapers, Series I through VII)

New York Times -Proquest Historical Newspapers Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
1851 - 3 years ago. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for New York Times dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.

Chicago Tribune - Proquest Historical Newspapers Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
1849-1986. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for Chicago Tribune dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.

Times (London) Digital Archive Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 1785-2006. Search the full-text of the Times (London) Digital Archive. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.

Illustrated London News Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events - including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science. Containing over 260,000 full colour pages, fully searchable and browseable, the ILN Historical Archive 1842-2003 provides users with unprecedented access to the entire run of this unique historical record

Primary Sources

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
1691-1877,  This collection includes digitized images of American magazines and journals never before available before in electronic format.  This collection documents the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the early years of the republic, to provide digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877.  Only thru 1865 is currently available as the series are being released in chronological order and will be completed in 2013/14.

American County Histories to 1900. New York Pt. 4 North Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Digital reprints of 19th century New York County Histories including those for: Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis, Franklin, Oneida, Herkimer, Mongomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Washington, Essex, and Clinton counties.

Slavery and Anti-slavery: Debates over Slavery and Abolition, Slave Trade in the Atlantic, The Institution of Slavery Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Slavery and Anti-Slavery is devoted to the transatlantic history of slavery. It includes books, manuscripts, court records, and serials. The first part documents the debates surrounding slavery and its abolition in the U.S. but also in the UK and other European countries, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. The second part is on Slave Trade and the Atlantic World , part 3 on the Institution of Slavery

African American frontiers : slave narratives and oral histories Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
2000 ed. A collection of first hand narratives and oral histories portraying the African American experience from slavery through emancipation and into the 20th century.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series I, Evans 1639-1800 Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 1639-1800. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, this has been hailed as a definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker 1801-1819 Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Provides a comprehensive set of American imprints published in the early part of the 19th century, including many state papers and early government materials which chronicle the political and geographic growth of the developing American nation.

HarpWeek Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 1857-1912. Electronic access to Harper`s Weekly, America`s leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. Includes the ability to search for a wide variety of articles, ads, illustrations, fiction.

Bibliographies

African American history in the press, 1851-1899 : from the coming of the Civil War to the rise of Jim Crow as reported and illustrated in selected newspapers of the time
Call Number: CASE Ref. E185.2 .A25 1996 vols. 1 & 2
Located in Library
1st ed. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1996.

Data/Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Data on social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade - quantitative facts of American History.

Also available in print: CASE Ref.  HA202 .H57 2006

Web Sites

American Memory Project : African American History Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Library of Congress has digitzied a wealth of primary source material in African American studies.

African American Odyssey: A quest for full citizenship Unrestricted Resource
Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project, this web site explores Black America`s quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century.

American Slave Narratives : an online anthology Unrestricted Resource
The University of Virginia provides a sampling of slave narratives and provides other details about the authors of these narratives.

Anti-Slavery Materials in Special Collections Unrestricted Resource
This is a census of materials that were held in the Colgate Libraries` Special Collections Department in August 2006.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History, & Diplomacy Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.

Documenting the American South Unrestricted Resource
Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative of UNC that provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes ten thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Gerrit Smith Virtual Museum Unrestricted Resource
Developed in cooperation with Syracuse University Library`s Dept. of Special Collections, Hamilton College, the Madison County Historical Society, and the Peterboro Area Historical Society.

New York History Net. The Underground railroad in New York State Unrestricted Resource
Part of the New York History Net this website provides a map of escape routes in NYS, a listing of key people involved in the NYS underground railroad, a link to the Underground railroad heritage trail web site, and other basic information.

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection at Cornell Unrestricted Resource
The Cornell University Library has an extensive collection of anti-slavery and Civil War materials. May`s pamphlets and leaflets document the anti-slavery struggle at the local, regional, and national levels. Sermons, position papers, offprints, local Anti-Slavery Society newsletters, poetry anthologies, freedmen`s testimonies, broadsides, and Anti-Slavery Fair keepsakes all document the social and political implications of the abolitionist movement.

Uncovering the Freedom trail in Syracuse and Onondaga County Unrestricted Resource
Provides maps showing some key sites in the Underground Railroad in Onondaga County.

`I will be heard!` Abolitionism in America Unrestricted Resource
Abolitionism in America documents America`s intellectual, moral, and political struggle to achieve freedom for all Americans. Featuring rare books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other materials from Cornell`s pre-eminent anti-slavery and Civil War collections, the exhibition explores the complex history of slavery, resistance, and abolition from the 1700s through 1865.

FAQs

Beginning Research at Colgate Unrestricted Resource
This site can help you navigate the new and different expectations you will encounter when doing research at the college-level. The site provides basic information you will need to know right away when you start doing research, as well as important advice, explanations, and useful strategies.

Finding Primary Sources Unrestricted Resource
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Biographical Information

Oxford African American Studies Center Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

American National Biography Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Coverage: 900-present. This is the authoritative biographical source for Americans who died prior to 1996.

Atlases

African-American atlas : Black history and culture-- an illustrated reference. [Rev. ed.]
Call Number: CASE Ref. E185 .A79 1998
Located in Library
New York : Macmillan USA ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998

Atlas of African-American history and politics : from the slave trade to modern times
Call Number: CASE Ref. E185 .S574 1998
Located in Library
Boston : McGraw-Hill, c1998

Routledge atlas of African American history
Call Number: CASE Ref. E185 .E125 2000
Located in Library
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Civil rights in America : 1500 to the present
Call Number: Case Reference JC599.U5 S53 1998
Located in Library Some full text available



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