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Guide to databases & research for history majors and other students taking history classes.

Recommended Books on the Revolution

Databases on The Revolution

Primary Sources on The Revolution

Books on the Revolution: Call Numbers

E151-889 United States History

E151-169.12 General

E171-183.9 History

E171-180 General

E173 Sources and documents

E175-175.7 Historiography

E176-176.8 Biography

E179.5 Historical geography

E181 Military history

E182 Naval history

E183-183.3 Political history

E183.7-183.9 Diplomatic history. Foreign and general relations.

E183.8 Relations with individual countries

E184-185.98 Elements in the population

E184.5-185.98 Afro-Americans

E185.2-185.89 Status and development since emancipation

E185.96-185.98 Biography. Genealogy

E186-199 Colonial history (1607-1775)

E186-189 General

E191-199 By period

E191 1607-1689

E195-199 1689-1775

E196 King William's War, 1689-1697

E197 Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713

E198 King George's War, 1744-1748

E199 French and Indian War, 1755-1763

E201-298 The Revolution, 1775-1783

E300-453 Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861

E300-302.6 General

E302 Collected works of American statesmen

E302.1 Political history

E302.5-302.6 Biography (Late eighteenth century)

E303-440.5 By period

E303-309 1775-1789. The Confederation, 1783-1789

E310-337 1789-1809. Constitutional period

E310.7 Diplomatic history. 

F=local American history by region and state

F221-235 Virginia

Tips for Searching

1. Try a variety of terms 

  • church disestablishment OR separation of church and state OR religious freedom OR religious liberty
  • episcopal OR anglican
  • american revolution OR war of independence OR revolutionary war

2. Experiment with both broad and specific terms 

  • religion american revolution
  • church disestablishment american revolution
  • sermons during american revolution

3. Use Advanced Search options and operators (AND, OR, NOT, parentheses, quotation marks, asterisk/truncation)

  • (anglican OR episcopal) AND (church OR religion) AND (clergy OR preaching OR sermon*) AND america* revolution*
  • Jefferson AND ("religious liberty" OR "religious freedom")
  • locke revolution NOT french

4. Use filters 

  • Location: Full Access Online, Held by Library In Print, Open Access (web), Full-Text (immediately available)
  • Type: Books, E-books, Articles, Reference Entries, Archival Material, Peer-Reviewed Journal, Scholarly
  • Dates: recent dates for scholarly literature, or historical dates for primary sources


5. Get to know common terminology & academic phrasing

  • Try Google Scholar first if you're not sure of the right terms; copy terms and phrases used by researchers
  • Databases will also suggest terms on common subjects (the benefit of using a subject-specific database)

6. Use good sources to find other good sources

United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

United States--Foreign relations--1775-1783.