Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start your research. Reference works include bibliographies, scholarly encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other sources that provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading.
Includes the Cambridge Histories and Cambridge Companions
This resource brings together articles from multiple encyclopedias and historical dictionaries and includes potentially helpful articles, such as "British colonies in the Caribbean" by Jonathan Morley, "Resistance" by Paul Finkelman, Peter Hinks and Sam Hitchmough, and "Religion and Slavery" by Kelly J. Baker.
An extensive collection of annotated bibliographies often pointing to both primary and secondary sources. Examples of potentially helpful articles include the following:
Oxford Handbooks Online
Lengthy chapters in the Oxford Handbooks usually provide helpful overviews of topics and historiography and suggestions for further reading.
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History
Arranged by subfields including Slavery and Abolition, which includes the articles "Plantation Life in the British West Indies, 1650-1850" by Jenny Shaw, "Race and the Origins of Plantation Slavery" by Justin Roberts, and other potentially helpful articles.
The following bibliographic databases will be helpful for finding secondary sources, especially scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews, and citations to book chapters and edited collections of books. Please note: the full text of articles will not always be available in these databases. If you see the "YaleLinks" icon instead of a PDF, click on the icon to discover whether we have online access to the article:
Yale-licensed resources are indicated by an asterisk - click here for more information about accessing e-resources remotely:
Materials relating to the British Caribbean are mainly located in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and include collections such as British Caribbean Documents (Call Number: GEN MSS 1412) and the Thomas Thistlewood Papers (Call Number: OSB MSS 176, also available online through the Beinecke Digital Collections). More information on these and additional collections will be provided during the class meeting with Dr. Kathryn James, Curator, Early Modern Books and Manuscripts and the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library.
In Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, the Caribbean Collection (Call Number: MS 1708) contains some materials that may be of interest to students in this class.
For general help with navigating Yale's special collections see the Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale University.