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 "Slavery" 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.
Keep in mind that search terms change over time, particularly disease categories.
You can also find primary sources related to the slave trade in early magazines or newspapers. It depends on your topic!
Turn to these free online primary source databases for more medical history and slavery materials:
Medical Heritage Library
A consortium of medical libraries, including Yale, have put parts of their collections available online. Over 300,000 freely downloadable primary source books, many from 1780-1923.
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Historical Collections
Great primary history of medicine material, including digitized books, images, archives, and moving images (aka movies).
Home to a huge variety of resources, including Moving Pictures, for free use. Not limited to history of medicine or the slave trade, but lots of possible primary sources here. Make sure, if you pick a source from here, that it's uploaded by a library or other institution!
A huge online repository of freely downloadable books and journals, from a collaboration of libraries including Yale. Not limited to history of medicine or the slave trade, but lots of possible primary sources here.
Digital Public Library of America
This site pulls in sources and archives (like letters and diaries) from many libraries, museums, and other institutions, as well as big databases like Hathi Trust and Internet Archive. Look at the primary sources sets and exhibitions on broad themes, including race.