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PACFTB Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps Research

This guide is for historians, students, community members, and others who are authoring biographies and feature articles for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Literary and Cultural Maps of Pennsylvania project. It includes recommended databases and o

Introduction

This guide is a starting point for Penn State faculty, staff, and students who are writing biographies and feature articles for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania project. Our guide can also benefit other authors who are writing material for PACFTB. 

Please note that many of the databases listed in this guide are subscription-based. Current Penn State faculty, staff, and students can access them remotely, but other users must visit a Penn State library in person and use the databases on-site. Users must also abide by the library's policies for use of computer softwareuse of public access workstations, and other policies. Before visiting any Penn State library, contact staff ahead of time to confirm building hours, availability of computers, and other details. 

Below are general-purpose resources that should be useful for most topics. To the left are links to additional resources for particular subjects. 

If you need more help, please contact Bernadette A. Lear (BAL19@psu.edu), the project administrator. 

Start Here: Secondary Sources

Digging Deeper: Primary Sources

Beyond Penn State, there are additional resources that could be pursued at local libraries and historical societies, and at organizations related to the topic of your search. Ask a librarian for help in identifying the best contacts.