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Witchcraft and Society in Colonial New England: Home

Reference works

Background or "reference" sources such as scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are a great place to start. They provide good overviews of the relevant scholarship and always include citations to secondary sources. Often they include primary source suggestions too.

Oxford Bibliographies

A large collection of annotated bibliographies, often with citations to both primary and secondary sources. Includes the article "Witchcraft in the Atlantic World" and other articles relating to witchcraft.


Oxford Handbooks
Includes The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America.


Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History
The articles here are arranged into subfields such as Colonial History and Cultural History. Includes the article, "The Salem Witch Trials." 


Cambridge Core

Includes key reference series such as the Cambridge Companions and Cambridge Histories. Individual titles include The Cambridge History of Magic and Witchcraft in the West.


American National Biography Online

A useful resource for quick biographical references.

Main search portals

This guide is intended for students in Professor Rebecca Tannenbaum's course and provides an overview of key resources in the Yale Library for writing your research papers this semester.