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RLST 217/HSHM 414 Health, Science, and Religion: Primary and Secondary Source Databases

A guide to resources, tools, and tips for conducting research in the history of health, science, and religion.

How to search for databases in Yale Library's Quicksearch

Databases are subscription resources that bring articles from a variety of journals or sources into one place with a sophisticated search engine. Access the databases directly from this guide, from the Yale Library page  or Database Finder. For example, you can search "African American" or "Women" in the database finder to see lists of great databases that have primary sources, like newspapers and diaries.  Use the databases in the columns below to find journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, magazines, newspapers, and other primary and secondary sources.

History of Medicine Primary Source databases

Congressional hearings and government documents

Looking for government documents, like congressional hearings that are full of great testimony, letters, and other sources?

Other great primary source databases

Finally, don't forget databases with digitized archives (like letters, diaries, pamphlets, and more):

Secondary Source Databases

Newspaper and Magazine databases

You can also find primary sources in medical history in magazines or newspapers.  It depends on your topic!