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A Research Guide: From the Secondary Source to the Primary Source

List of Reference Sources to Consult

The List of Reference Sources to Consult is a selective list of print and electronic research tools that are arranged in 13 topical sections and are described both by type - dictionary, encyclopedia, bibliography - and by topic - United States History, American Revolution, Primary Sources, Newspapers, Diaries, etc.

Each of the titles listed below are linked to descriptive information. At least one title from each topical section is described; other sources (titles that are indented on the list) are similar in arrangement and function to the one described in the topical section, therefore, it is mentioned but not described. Those titles that are described are highlighted and have a [detail] icon next to the title. Clicking the sources marked with a [detail] icon will link you to the descriptive section for that source. Each description provides information about how to use the source, what type of information is contained within the source, and what the indexes have to offer. Sources with a similar arrangement and function are indented and listed directly below the highlighted source. Clicking these titles will link you to the appropriate sub-section, which contains descriptions of like sources. These titles will be listed together as Similar Sources to Consult.

Each of the titles is referred to again in the descriptive section of information about the sources. Clicking on the title here will bring you to the Bibliography of Reference Sources where you will find the full citation for any of the titles listed.

Printed Reference Sources

General Sources
Encyclopedia Britannica [detail]

United States History Sources
The Dictionary of American History [detail]
     The Oxford Companion to United States History

American Revolution Sources
Encyclopedia of the American Revolution [detail]
     The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution
     The Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America
Revolutionary America, 1763-1789: A Bibliography [detail]
     American Independence, 1764-76: Bibliography of Published Political Pamphlets
     War of the American Revolution: Selected Annotated Bibliography
Paul Revere's Boston, 1735-1818 -- Exhibit Catalog [detail]
     The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints: A Checklist
     The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution
     Witness to America's Past: Two Centuries of Collecting by the MHS
Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790 [detail]
     Historical Atlas of Massachusetts
     Historical Atlas of the United States

General Biographical Sources
Abridged Biography and Genealogy Master Index [detail]
     American Library Association Portrait Index
American National Biography/ Dictionary of American Biography [detail]
     Dictionary of National Biography
     Dictionary of Canadian Biography
National Cyclopedia of American Biography [detail]

Biographical Sources by Subject
The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America [detail]
     Artists Biographies Master Index
     Biographical Directory of American Colonial & Revolutionary Governors
     Biographical Directory of the American Congress
     Biographical Directory of the US Executive Branch, 1774-1971
     Dictionary of American Medical Biography
     Legislators of the Massachusetts General Court, 1691-1780
     Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution [detail]
     Notable American Women
     Dictionary of American Negro Biography
     Dictionary of Women Artists
Sibley's Harvard Graduates [detail]
     Dexter's Yale Graduates
     General Catalogue of Princeton University 1746-1906

Military Sources
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution [detail]

Tools for Locating Early American Imprints
The Catalogue of Early American Imprints, 1640-1800 [detail]

Tools for Locating Primary Sources
Directory of Archives and Manuscripts in US and Canada [detail]
     American Library Directory
     Official Museum Directory
Woman's History Sources: Guide to Archives & Manuscript Collections [detail]
     Manuscript Sources in the Lib. of Congress for Research on the Am. Rev.
Firstsearch/WorldCat (see Electronic Databases)
NUCMC (see Web Sites)

Tools for Locating Diaries
American Diaries in Manuscript, 1580-1954: A Descriptive Bibliography [detail]
     American Diaries: Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries
     British Diaries 1492-1942: An Annotated Bibliography
Diaries at Massachusetts Historical Society (see Resources Published by MHS)

Tools for Locating Newspapers
Chronological Tables of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 [detail]
History and Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690-1820 [detail]
     Early American Newspapers on Microfilm
     The Press and the American Revolution

Resources Published by Massachusetts Historical Society
Diaries at the Massachusetts Historical Society [detail]
Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society [detail]
Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society [detail]
Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society [detail]
Witness to America's Past: Two Centuries of Collecting by the MHS [detail]

Electronic Databases

Web Sites
Library of Congress [detail]
Smithsonian Databases [detail]
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) [detail]
College and University Archives and Special Collections [detail]

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