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New / Trial Databases

The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
Benjamin Rush Letters Digital Edition This link opens in a new window
Explore the letters of Benjamin Rush, a founder of Dickinson College, a member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, surgeon general of the Continental Army, treasurer of the U.S. Mint—as well as an abolitionist and a proponent of wider access to education and the rights of women. His letters offer insights into a diverse range of issues and dramatic moments of the Revolutionary era and early republic. Coverage: 1760s-1810s, contains primary sources. Full text.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 This link opens in a new window
Search a free archive of indexed publications relating to the Americas and written in Europe before 1750. This collection includes primary source records covering the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Indigenous peoples. Coverage: 1493-1750. Citations only.
Open Access Digital Theological Library This link opens in a new window
Alternate Name(s): OADTL
Explore high-quality open access content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections, curated without regard for theological or confessional perspective. Some full text.