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History, American: Home

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying American history at the University of Oxford, although students of American politics and culture may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about key resources for American history, including bibliographies, databases of primary sources and other relevant online collections. 

Key journals

A lot of journals, as well as being available in print, are available online and can be searched via SOLO or eJournals A-Z. You can find a longer list on the Journals page of this guide.

Key databases

Oxford subscribes to many bibliographic databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, images, data and more. You can find some of the key databases for US history below, but take a look at the databases page of this guide for more titles.

If you want to search for and browse all databases the University subscribes to, you can do so through our dedicated Databases A-Z platform or SOLO.

Other key resources

Click on any of the tabs to find relevant resources:

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Bethan Davies
Vere Harmsworth Library,
Rothermere American Institute,
1a South Parks Road,
Oxford, OX1 3UB
01865 282701
Subjects: American Studies

Key libraries

Other libraries

US Studies Resources at Oxford blog

This blog is designed to help students and researchers using the US Studies collections held at the Vere Harmsworth Library, as well as to highlight the variety of resources that are available both in Oxford and more widely. Posts cover tips on using specific resources as well as guidance on resources available for specific subject areas.

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Free web resources: VHL's latest bookmarks

There are a huge (and growing) number of freely available online resources for US History. The VHL is saving links to many of these as we come across them on our Diigo page.

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