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America History and Life Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to present with records from 2,000 English-language journals published worldwide. Includes book reviews.

                                         Search:  "native americans" AND citizenship

 Academic Search Complete   Large general database of articles from scholarly journals and a few newspapers on many topics.  The interface is almost identical to America History & Life, above.

                                     Search: "search and seizure" AND "supreme court"    

JSTOR  Full-text backfiles of many important scholarly journals. Coverage is usually from the first issue to 3-5 years before the present.

                                Advanced Search:  "native hawaii"~5  AND "land rights"~5
Item Type = article    Discipline = History, Law



Collections of Historical Newspapers, Magazines & Books

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The Library has a number of newspapers on microfilm.  You can search for them here.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers  Searchable full text and page images of several hundred U.S. newspapers from the 19th century. You can limit your search to particular states or cities.

                                          Search:  "human rights"   Date = 1850-1870

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922  Searchable full text collection of U.S. newspapers.  Can limit by place.

                              Search:  Texas and annexation and whig*     Custom date Range = 1844

 ProQuest Historical Newspapers  Searchable backfiles of the New York Times , Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Defender.

                             Advanced Search.  Search NY Times and Chicago Tribunecitizenship AND immigrant*
Date range = 1860-1870    

The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective - 1860-1865   Searchable text and page images from The New York Herald, the Richmond Enquirer, and The Charleston Mercury, published between November 1, 1860 and April 30, 1865.

Accessible Archives Access to The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), 7 African-American newspapers from 1827-1860, and 3 Civil War newspapers: New York Herald, Richmond Enquirer, and Charleston Mercury.

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Date of Publication = 1830-1850

American Periodicals Series  Full text of over 1,000 magazines and journals published in the U.S. between 1740 and 1900.

                                   Advanced Search:  "slaughter-house cases"   Date Range = 1873-1874

Early American ImprintsSeries I: Evans, 1639-1800.   Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 Searchable full text with page images of books published in 17th, 18th and  early 19th-century America. The collection can also be browsed by genre, subject, author, printer, place of publication, and language.

                                    Search Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker:   "internal improvements"


Congress and the Courts

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ProQuest Congressional Full-text information by and about the U.S. Congress, including testimony before Congressional hearings, the Congressional Record and its predecessors, the Serial Set, legislative histories of laws, biographical information on members, etc.
Search:  "constitutional amendments" [from Index Terms]  AND  14
Date = between 1866-1870

Lexis Nexis Academic  News and business information from sources around the world; includes many newspapers.  Legal component also includes access to federal and state court cases and legal codes.

                             US Legal :     Select Federal & State Cases
Search For: Boyd v. United States
Specify Date:  Date is 1886
Jurisdiction:  US Supreme Court

Hein Online Access to decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, opinions of the U.S. Attorney General, the Congressional Record and its predecessors, etc.

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                                                  Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States, vols. 1-43     then
                                                  Search This Title:   Text = reconstruction  Date = 1865-1880

To search The Congressional Globe
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                                                  Search This Title:  Text = "American system"  AND Text = Clay
Date = 1835-1840


Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978  Over 240,000 Supreme Court documents, many of them briefs, from the final years of John Marshall through the early years of Warren Burger.

               Search: Texas v. White  Search type =  Case Name   Date is between 1865 and 1870           


Additional Resources

U.S. History in Context  An excellent starting point to get an overview of a topic.  Consists of historical encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and some primary source materials.
                                              Search = Boyd v. United States       

The Library has a number of significant microform collections that may be relevant to this class, including Pamphlets in American History, State Constitutional Conventions, 1776-1959, State Secession Debates, 1859-1862, etc . See a general listing of our major microform collections in U.S. history.

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