Rebecca Pressman
May 15, 2009
Learning Tools: Class Guides: Dana Class Guides:
Early American Literature and History Resources
Prof. George Germek

Placing literature in historical context is one time-honored way of developing a broader understanding of a literary work. The resources on this guide have been chosen to help you with early American literature.

Library Resources

Rutgers University Libraries Homepage
This web site gives access to all the print and electronic holdings purchased by the Rutgers University Libraries, plus resource lists and pathfinders constructed by information professionals across the system. You need to obtain a barcode from a circulation desk in order to borrow any materials from the Rutgers Libraries.
Connect from Off-Campus
Click on this link on the Rutgers University Libraries homepage to find out how to reach our resources from your home with your Rutgers NetID.
Search Library Catalogs
The library catalog of the Rutgers University Libraries gives students and faculty ready access to over 3 million print volumes in 22 libraries across the state, plus multimedia and many full-text electronic journals. You may limit searches to DANA or use the DELIVER/RECALL BOOK or REQUEST ARTICLE/OTHER buttons to intralibrary loan books or articles from other Rutgers libraries. Here are some sample searches:

ethnic diversity -- WORDS anywhere (This is a keyword search.)

Cotton and Mather -- SUBJECT begins with (This search will retrieve books by Library of Congress subject heading.)

Troy, Leo -- AUTHOR (last name first) (This search will retrieve books written by Leo Troy.)

major writers of early american literature -- TITLE begins with

early american literature -- PERIODICAL TITLE begins with

Find Articles

Click on Find Articles, then click on Indexes and Databases.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
The Literature Resource Center contains full text articles about authors and literary classics from many countries plus Web links to even more information. You may search by author, title, or genre (type of literature).
Academic Search Premier (Ebscohost)
This multidisciplinary database indexes periodicals in many different fields and on many different levels, from general interest to scholarly. Students find it a handy place to begin searches because it is partly full text and because it covers so many different subjects. However, you might find that you need something more. Rutgers offers you more than 160 periodical indexes and databases in many subject areas. Don't stop here if you need additional information.
MLA International Bibliography (Ebscohost)
The premier literary database from the Modern Language Association with coverage from 1963 onwards. International in scope; offers the broadest and deepest treatment of world literature in one database. Can be overwhelming because of its depth and complexity of source material.
America: History and Life
The most comprehensive index to North American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
LION: Literature Online
Searchable full-text of more than 350,000 literary works in the English language-poetry, drama, and prose; 175 full-text literary journals; the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; and reference sources including bibliographies, biographies, and dictionaries."--from the Rutgers website.

Three Ways to Find Articles

  1. The article is linked to full text in your database.

  2. Click on to search for the article automatically.

  3. Search the Rutgers library catalog.
    • Go to the Rutgers University Libraries Homepage

    • Click on Search Library Catalogs to find the periodicals owned by the Rutgers Libraries. Search by the periodical title often found in periodical indexes under "Source". Using PERIODICAL TITLE Begins with focuses your search.

    • Look at the periodical record. (The online record for a given periodical title may be separate from the print record, but is usually found within the non-microform record as electronic access.)
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