HIST 4613: Colonial America, 1600-1763

This guide is designed to assist students in Colonial America, 1600-1763, with suggestions for secondary resources and primary source databases.

Basic Reference Sources

These sources will provide articles by authorities in the field on topics, events, places, and persons. Articles will range in length from one or two paragraphs to dozens of pages. Most will give a bibliography of recommended books and articles for further research.

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Keyword vs. Subject

Boolean connectors

Keywords--terms that can appear anywhere in a record--are the quick and easy way to search.
Using keywords, you can combine multiple ideas, or locate specific essays inside collective works.

Connectors: Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words. Examples:

  • china and japan
  • china or japan
  • asia and not "asia minor"

Wildcards: Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk or question mark:

  • * for any number of characters
  • ? to replace a single character anywhere within a word

Examples : theat*, wom?n

Adjacency: "And" is assumed between words. Place phrases in quotes. Example:

"ottoman empire"

Subject Headings--terms applied by catalogers or indexers--describe the content of the item. Often, subject headings are divided by geographic place, by time period, by ethnic group, or other aspects. Subject headings are searched as phrases.

Using subject headings will pull together related records with terminology you may have not considered in your keyword search.


keywords Subject Headings
colombian exchange america--discovery and exploration
American colonies United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600 - 1775
athenian democracy greece--politics and government--to 146 B.C.

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