Life and Death in the Atlantic World

Need help with your research? Contact:

Kelly Cannon
Humanities & Business Subject Specialist
Trexler Library
phone: x3602
IM (AIM, Yahoo): refcannon

Reference works (good for generating topics and recommending sources)

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A free resource. Scholarly. Peer-reviewed. Good introduction to methodological approaches. Search on "literary theory."

Finding primary documents

Primary documents can be found abundantly by using any standard web search engine like Google. However, the Trexler Library Catalog and WorldCat (see description below) can be good sources primary documents published in book form.

One excellent website offering access to primary documentation is Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, sponsored by Emory University and others.

Our library subscribes to a primary documents database called Early English Books Online, covering up to 1700.

The Pennsylvania Gazette, available online by library subscription. served as the paper of record in the 18th and early 19th century in the British colonies and early U.S.

Google Books contains a wealth of pre-copyright materials.

See also the footnotes of secondary sources, which often will point to primary documentation.

Authoritative secondary commentary in books. . .

Trexler Library Catalog
Catalog of all books and documents in Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College.

Catalog of books and documents in libraries throughout the world. Watch especially for the AREA LIBRARIES designation.

Authoritative secondary commentary in articles . . .

America History and Life
Library subscription databse. The standard index for peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on U.S. and Canadian history.

Historical Abstracts
Library subscription database. Standard index for peer-reviewed articles and scholarly books on non-North American history.

Library subscription databse. Archive of the full text of numerous history journals from major academic presses.

getting to the full text of an article. . .

Once you have found the citation of a journal article you're interested in, click on the Get It link found next to the citation, or run a journal title search in Trexler Library's online catalog.

articles via interlibrary loan. . .

Journal articles not found in Trexler Library can be ordered on interlibrary loan.

Websites more likely to be scholarly...

Google Scholar

Citing sources in Chicago style (foot/endnotes and bibliography format)

For tips on citing print and electronic sources, visit Trexler Library's Citation Guides for Print and Electronic Resources.

Or visit the Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

For automated citation, try the shareware Zotero. Here is a user guide to Zotero. NOTE: In order to construct footnotes (as opposed to bibliography), the MS Word Plug-In is needed.

Help with annotated bibliographies

Visit Purdue's Online Writing Lab for a definition of an annotation (summary) and proper format.

© Muhlenberg College
Last modified: 19 January 2012



Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College | 2400 Chew St., Allentown, PA 18104 | (484) 664-3500