Starting Points: Overviews
Starting Points: Books
Databases to locate articles and book reviews
Provides electronic access to the United Kingdom's Colonial, Dominion and Foreign Offices' confidential correspondence relating to Africa between 1834 and 1966. This resource provides a searchable collection of scores of official documents and maps covering almost the entire period of European conquest and colonisation of Africa (with the exception of Egypt).
Archival Collections in the Region
Edward E. Ayer Collection on American Indians
The Newberry Library’s Edward E. Ayer Collection is one of the best in the country and one of the strongest collections on American Indians in the world. In 1911, Edward E. Ayer (1841-1927) donated more than 17,000 pieces on the early contacts between American Indians and Europeans. Ayer, a member of the first Board of Trustees, was the first donor of a great collection to the Newberry. Since then, the Ayer endowment fund has enabled the library to collect in excess of 130,000 volumes, over 1 million manuscript pages, 2,000 maps, 500 atlases, 11,000 photographs, and 3,500 drawings and paintings on the subject.
Locating Archives by Geographic Region or Type
This will direct you to the Archives and Archival research LibGuide. Click on the Archives tab to find information about and links to archives in different regions and also specialized archival repositories.
The following is a small sample fo materials held in Special Collections on topics related to the Atlantic, including visual depictions of the New World, slavery, and medicine.
Below is a simplified key to using the various parts of the library catalog
1. OneSearch is the broadest possible option. It will search the Hesburgh and partner libraries, as well as other databases and public domain sources. Unlike the other options, it even searches within individual articles. Best used when having trouble finding anything on your topic.
2. Advanced Search, which is available for both "OneSearch" and "NDCatalog," lets you narrow down searches by different categories, such as subject heading or author name. Highly recommended for better-filtered search results.
3. NDCatalog is a good medium-level searching tool. It examines records held at Notre Dame and partner institutions, such as St. Mary's, but does not look inside individual articles as "OneSearch" does.
4. Catalog Classic is an older interface, essentially built on top of Notre Dame's catalog records. Some patrons prefer the way this interface allows one to search Hesburgh collections.
5. WorldCat is a service run by another company, OCLC, which searches library catalogs across the world. This can be helpful for finding materials currently not held by Notre Dame and requesting them through interlibrary loan.
6. Databases searches the TITLE of databases themselves, not journal titles or article titles. If you don't know which database you might like to use, you can find under this tab a link to Databases by subject, which will allow you to browse all databases in, for example, English Language and Literature.
The other tools on the search interface are used less often. "Articles" searches across databases for scholarly articles, but results can be hit-or-miss. "eJournals" is a search interface strictly for the title of journals that currently offer online access. "eBooks" searches the catalog with physical holdings filtered out.
This interface is subject to change. The options above are current as of January 2017.
1. Search by Subject Heading. ND Catalog, OneSearch, and WorldCat all us Library of Congress (LC) subject headings. Enter "su:" in the search box and then the subject to search by subject heading. To find the subjects, either enter keywords, use the ones suggested under "objects" in the details tabs of the library catalog record, or search the Library of Congress Authorized Headings.
su: Atlantic Ocean Region
su: Atlantic slavery
su: Africa -- Relations -- Europe
su: African Americans -- History -- To 1863
2. Search for a phrase using quotation marks (search is not case sensitive).
"early modern atlantic"
3. Search by joining different terms together using AND or OR (must be in all caps)
slavery AND "atlantic world"
community OR society
4. Truncation – use an * to search for all variations of a word
empir* to search for empire, empires, empirical
H-Atlantic – An international network for Atlantic World History from 1500 to 1800. This an interdisciplinary network for scholars who study colonial North America and the United States, Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America in a transatlantic context.
Turabian Quick Guide – Summary of principal citation styles contained in Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed. (2013) hosted on the University of Chicago Press website.