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- Use the *, a common truncation symbol to find variant endings of a word
Example: coloni* finds colonial, colonialism, colonists, colonization
- Use quotation marks to search on an exact phrase.
Example: "native americans"
- Limit your search to peer-reviewed/academic journals.
- Brainstorm keywords for your searches
- colonial america, early america, colonization, colonialism, native americans, indians, 17th century, 18th century, captivities, slavery....
- Combine your keywords in a search statement
- coloni* AND women
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Enter colonial period in Subject field and another keyword on your topic.
Find Background Information
- New England--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
- Virginia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
- Indians of North America.
- United States--Social life and customs--To 1775.
- Slavery--United States--History--17th century.
Search print and online encyclopedias and dictionaries at SMC
Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History (5 vols)
Reference E162 .C68 2006
Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America
Reference E188 .E63 1990
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass (vol. 1)
Reference E185 .E545 2006
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents (vol. 1)
Reference E173 E54 2004
Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
Reference E77 .G15 1998 (4 vols)
Encyclopedia of North American Colonies (3 vols)
Reference E45 .E53 1993
Encyclopedia of Women in American History (vol. 1)
Reference HQ1410 .E53 2002
Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia (2 vols)
Find Primary Sources
Reference E441 .S635 2007
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1. Search the Library Catalog to find primary sources in the SMC Library. Type in keywords from your topic and any of the following terms.
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2. Search Internet sites for primary sources.
American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement
Archive of Early American Images
The Avalon Project
Early America Digital Archives
Exploring the Early Americas
The Geography of Slavery in Virginia
The Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project