Slavery and Emancipation in the United States, 1619-1877

Course #: HI330

Library services update

  • COVID-19, Library reopening, books, articles, Interlibrary Loan

Secondary Sources

reference (companions and subject encyclopedias)



  • Search Omni for items at Laurier (and other Omni libraries in non-COVID times)
    • slaves, slavery, states (gets both united and southern), antislavery, "slave trade", "underground railroad"
    • possible limiters: date (e.g, 1970-current), language, adding the word "history"


  • instructions on how to search
  • Emergency access to digitized versions of Laurier print books
  • you still need to login even if you go through the Laurier Library link


While Omni contains a catalogue record (author, title, etc.) of our eBooks, an Omni search does not search the full text of each book. Instead, you need to visit and search the various sites where our eBooks are stored. Remember to note which field you are searching by default, and change to "all text" or "full text"


  • Search Omni for your topic. Refine your results at the left:
    • "Available online"
    • "Articles"

Or, you could narrow down your search by using a more specialized database, in particular those that index older content

the following are secondary sources, but depending on the context, could also be primary sources. limiting by date can help isolate primary (e.g, 1800-1875) vs secondary (e.g, 1960

Journals and Magazines

Legal Sources

Primary Sources


There are dozens of sites created by organizations that contain digitized copies of sources. Every site is different, and has different search and browse capabilities. To use these sites:

  • Locate the "about" page to understand the scope of the content
  • look for groups of information beneath a label, e.g., subjects, topics, genre, theme, etc.
  • look for the site search function. If not, google the site, e.g., abolition:
  • look for copyright/usage information. Most will allow for educational use, with attribution