World of Goods: Commerce, Commodities, & Consumption in Early Modern Europe

Below are some resources that should be useful for you when doing your research for your paper in HST 414/554 this semester. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me (my contact information is on the right, under History Librarian). Good luck!

Semester and Year: 
Spring 2018
Course number: 
HST 414/554
Mollenauer, Lynn

Finding Books

To find books on your research topic, use the library catalog (for books in Randall Library) or WorldCat (for books worldwide that you can borrow via interlibrary loan).

WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

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Library Catalog

Randall Library's online catalog. Search for books, journals, DVDs, CDs, government documents, and many other resources held by Randall Library.

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Secondary Source Databases

These will be most useful for finding scholarly articles to support your argument.


Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.

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Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including art history, world history, military history, women's history, history of education, foreign languages and literatures, and more.

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Finding Primary Sources

These are a few databases and websites where you can start looking for primary sources. This list is by no means exhaustive, so make sure to use Google and talk to me for other suggestions on your specific topic.

Making Of The Modern World

Provides digital facsimile images of primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works from the periods 1450-1850, 1851-1914, and 1890-1945 provides researchers access to material for research in the areas of history, political science, social conditions, technology and industry, economics, area studies and more. Includes books, serials, pamphlets, essays and more.

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Collection of digitized titles from libraries and research institutions around the world.

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Provides access to millions of images, photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the U.S.

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Early English Books Online

(EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Access includes Thomason Tracts and Early English Books Tract Supplement.

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Internet History Sourcebook: The Early Modern World

Selected sources and link to information on the history of the early modern world.

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British Library Newspapers

A comprehensive range of regional and local newspapers in Britain between the mid-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, providing a range of publications to reflect the social, political and cultural events of the times. The British Library Newspapers' collections feature London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism

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European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

European Views of the Americas is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. The database contains more than 32,000 records, and covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.

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Papers of Sir Joseph Banks

The collection amounts to approximately 10,000 manuscript pages and includes correspondence, principally letters received, but also reports, invoices and accounts, journals, plus a small quantity of maps, charts and watercolors.

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London Lives 1680-1820

Searchable database of numerous manuscripts, archives, and datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.

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Aaron Thomas: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman

Journal writings of British seaman Aaron Thomas serving aboard a Royal Navy ship in the West Indies during the French Revolutionary Wars. Journal dated June 15, 1798 - October 26, 1799.

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The Merchant Fleet of Late Medieval and Tudor England, 1400–1580

This website contains the details of English, Welsh, and Channel Islands merchant ships, and the voyages they undertook, between 1400 and 1580.

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Sabin Americana

Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more.

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Encyclopedia of Diderot and D'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project

Resource provides English translations of work from the French Enlightenment period.

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