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Get Started with American History Resources

This guide will help you learn how to search the major databases for finding resources in American history.

Example Topic and Keywords

Example Topic: How did the Boston Massacre foreshadow the American Revolutionary War?

You need to use specific keywords that are most important to the topic. So, before you start searching, think about keywords you're going to use for searching. Here are a few that are related to this topic.

Example Keywords:

  • Boston Massacre
  • American Revolutionary War
  • Paul Revere
  • Crispus Attucks
  • resistance
  • taxation

Databases Covered in this Guide