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In addition to the resources listed below, you should also consult the Subject Guide for Newspapers, especially the Microfilm section, and the Subject Guide to Microforms. Finally, do not forget to check the footnotes in secondary sources.

Published Sources

Many primary sources are published and cataloged just like books.  So just use the library’s catalog or the OhioLINK catalog.  Some ways to help find those are:

  1. Identify key players and search for them as authors.  This will find papers, correspondence, memoirs, etc.  Remember that government agencies and corporations may also be authors.
  2. Do a keyword search using your topic and the words sources, diaries, letters, or correspondence e.g. (war of 1812 and sources)

Finding Aids

Academic Search Complete iconLibrary of Congress icon

NUCMC (National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections). Indexes archival materials held in repositories across the United States. The Library owns 1959 – 1971 in print at REF 016. 091 Nat.


Online Collections

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Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction (1840-1877). Searchable full-text of some 150 newspapers, about 50,000 government documents, and 4,000 broadsides and pieces of ephemera. Also includes maps and advertisements.

No Off Campus Access


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African American Newspapers, 1827-1998. Searchable full-text of some 270 newspapers, including seven from Ohio. Coverage begins Freedom's Journal, the first African American newspaper published in the U.S. in 1827.

No Off Campus Access

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American Civil War Newspapers, 1840-1877. Economic, military, political and social aspects of America's deadliest war. Coverage throughout the war and into the critical postwar period. More than 150 newspapers, including major titles from every region of the U.S.

No Off Campus Access


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The American & English Literature Collection. Contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. It also contains 21 historic editions of the Bible in English.

Subcollections with the American & English Literature Collection include: Poetry: African-American Poetry 1700-1900 ; 20th Cent. African-American Poetry ; American Poetry 1600-1900 ; 20th Cent. American Poetry ; English Poetry ; 20th Cent. English Poetry Drama: American Drama ; English Prose Drama 1280-1915 ; English Verse Dramas 13th-19th Centuries Fiction: Early American Fiction 1774-1850 ; 18th Cent. Fiction 1700-1800 Also: Bibliography of American Literature ; Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare ; William Butler Yeats Collection ; The Bible in English

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