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Studies of the Americas

Subject guide for the UCL Institute of the Americas

Key databases

UCL Library Services subscribes to many electronic databases which provide access to a variety of resources. The most relevant ones for students studying the Americas are listed on this page. These include:

Key databases for finding peer-reviewed literature

Key databases for primary sources

A primary source is a first-hand expression or evidence of an event or experience. This evidence can be in the form of the written word, images, artefacts, film or sound recordings, and will have been created at some point during the lifetime of the person involved. Using primary sources in your research adds context and credibility to your argument. Primary sources will vary depending upon what is being studied.

Key databases for newspapers and magazines: current coverage and archives

Key databases for historical official publications

Key databases for research methods