Background/Reference Sources

Databases to find articles from periodicals

More Databases

Select and search appropriate databases to discover useful articles

Search individual databases targeted to your subject topic or area of the world. Databases are browsable by title and by subject area.

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Books in the Library Catalog

Basic Search:

  1. From the library homepage, enter some key words, or a title, and select "catalog" from the drop-down menu.
  2. Alternatively, to start your search in the catalog, leave the search window empty and select catalog from the drop-down menu and click search.

Some keywords to consider:

Plantation life
Cotton growing
Sugar industry
Enslaved persons

To find primary sources in books add the word sources to your search

To find archaeological reports add the term excavations to your search

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Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.