Want to learn more about a topic in American history? Below is a selection of library databases where you'll find a wide array of articles on American history. For more in-depth help with finding articles, researching a particular artist or object, and citing your sources, use the links in the table of contents or tabs at the top of the page to explore the resources in this guide.
You can find the full text, which means a complete copy, of an article in a number of ways, including direct links to HTML Full Text and PDF Full Text in the database you're searching as well as linked full text in a different database or online journal (Find Full Text). See the illustrations below for where to find the full text in each case.
If you click the Find Full Text button and aren't taken directly to a complete copy of the article you want, you may see a citation that includes a link to the PDF or HTML full text. Below are samples of what you might see and where to get a full-text article.
Example of where to find the PDF in another database:
Example of where to find the PDF in an online journal:
Gavin Sewell, "Old Glory" (2010) Click for a larger image and interview with the artist.
The web contains a wealth of resources on American history. Below are some high-quality selected sites that provide context and include primary source material such as original documents, historic photographs and rare films. As always, if you're searching the web, make sure to read the Using Google page in this guide in order to evaluate the sources that you find!
If you're looking for articles on American history and culture, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles. But books often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place. Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that contain essays on a single topic in American history.