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HIST 212: The Era of the American Revolution

Professor Serena Zabin -- Winter 2023

Use Advanced Search!

  • Date range = 1760-1790 (newspapers); 1763-1790 (pamphlets)
  • Keywords (full text): use olde tyme spellings (gaol vs jail vs prison; f vs s)
  • Keywords: learn new keywords from semi-failed searches (prison!)
  • Try advanced search hacks, like...
    • Use quotes to search for "exact phrases"
    • ​wom*n = woman AND women
    • ?ouse* = mouse, mouses, mousey, house, houses, blouses, etc.
  • Take EXTREMELY careful notes, and/or use Zotero!

Major collections (newspapers, pamphlets, letters, etc)

Full text can be fallible; also use subject searching!
Try the search term "US War of Independence"
Try using the "Article Type" or "Publication Location" facet to narrow your results!

Broadsides and Pamphlets

Subject = Politics and government
AND Date = 1763-1790
AND Genre = Broadsides

...and/or: Select Collection: American Broadsides and Ephemera

Subject = Politics and government
AND Date = 1775-1787 
AND Citation text = "Amer. Pamphlets" OR "Brit. Pamphlets"

...then, as always, read the search results carefully!

**You may also want to look at some of the pamphlets in Special Collections that Rebecca pulled for you to look at.

Archives of the Founders

always search this collection with all lower case text!

More Newspapers

Other collections online