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Full page images of works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900s. These books, pamphlets, serials, and other documents provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions, and much more. (Covering period: 1500-1926)

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  • To do the most precise search, select Advanced Search from the bar across the top of the page. This search allows you to search any combination of keyword, subject, author, title, full text, person as subject, front matter, main text, indexes, publisher, place of publication, and source library.

    A Basic Search will allow you to search only one field at a time. The fields searchable using the basic search feature are full text, author, subject, keyword, and title.

  • There are three truncation characters that can be used when searching this database:

    1. The * (standing for any number of characters) is placed at the end of the term's root. The search retrieves all words sharing the same root. For example, the term faith* retrieves works that contain the words faith, faithful, or faiths.
    2. The ? is used to replace exactly one character within a word to retrieve various forms of that word. For example, the term wom?n retrieves works that contain either woman or women; and psych????y matches either psychology or psychiatry but not psychotherapy.
    3. The ! stands for one or no characters. For example, analo!! matches analog, analogs, and analogue but not analogous.

  • Find an exact phrase with the help of the W operator. You can narrow your searches by requiring that the search terms appear as a phrase in the order that you typed them. For example, when looking for works that discuss European travel, search for these words as a phrase, European W1 travel (This literally means find European "within 1 word of" travel.) This narrows the results from hundreds of matches to a few dozen matches, assuming the phrase typed is not too common.


Where is it :

Go to the UNLV Libraries' home page. Under Find, select Articles, then under Article databases by name, click on the letter A and select American History and Culture Online; Sabin Americana.

Quick link:

Click here for the American History and Culture Online, Sabin Americana homepage

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