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Resource Guide:
America and the Enlightenment

Websites and Digital Archives

Subject Headings

Subject headings are selected terms to represent a topic. Searching subject headings in the library catalog will bring the most complete list of results. Below are some example subject headings. More subject headings can be located in the red books at the reference desk.

  • Enlightenment -- United States
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
  • United States -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
  • United States -- Social conditions
  • United States -- Religion
  • Women -- United States -- History
  • Science -- Moral and ethical aspects -- History

Research Databases

Online Journals

The following journals supply articles to the library’s databases. You can see if a specific journal supplies articles to our databases by searching the journal title on the library journal page.

  • The Divided Heart: Essays on Protestantism and the Enlightenment in America
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power

Print Materials at the Von Canon Library

Below are some selected materials in the library with their shelving locations. Browsing in the listed areas of the library will help you find more materials for your topic.

Title Call Number
American Revolution: the definitive encyclopedia and document collectionE 208 .A44 2018
The American Revolution: writings from the War of IndependenceE 203 .A579 2001
Becoming Benjamin Franklin: the autobiography and the lifeE 302.6 .F7 A23
Founding Mothers & Fathers: gendered power and the forming of American societyHQ 1075 .5 .U6 N67 1996
Revolutionary Characters: what made the founders differentE 302.5 .W82 2006
The Enlightenment in AmericaE 162 .C34
Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution: soldiers, sailors, marines, 1775-1783E 263 .V8