HS 303 American Colonial & Early National Period


Databases, listed on the right, will lead you to peer-reviewed journals appropriate for academic research. Please note that articles published in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by experts and rigorously vetted before publication. Non-peer reviewed journals (also known as popular sources), such as the ones found on magazine racks of large booksellers or published on Google, are not peer-reviewed. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Journal Locator

Use to check the Library's holdings for the journal you want.  It is possible that the article you want is not available in a database, but is available in print.  Print holdings of journals can be found on the Library's lower level.  These are shelved alphabetically according to title. 

What are primary sources?

A primary source is a document or other historical evidence written or created during or near the period under study. Because of their close relation to the subject, primary sources usually offer special insight about their topic. The person, organization, or body under study often generates them. There are many examples of primary sources; each varies according to the nature of your topic. Primary sources generally are:

• Original Documents: Diaries, manuscripts, speeches, letters, minutes, interviews, news or film footage, autobiographies, and official records and documents Note: Translations and excerpts are acceptable.

• Creative Works: Poetry, drama, novels, short stories, music, and art

• Relics or Artifacts: Jewelry, pottery, furniture, clothing, and buildings


Research Minutes: How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles