Overview

This guide should give you an introduction to historical research, but, to get the most out of it, you will need to follow up with further exploration in the Drexel library, in other institutions, and electronically. The red box to the left will help you navigate through the guide.

Free Library of Philadelphia

If you "live, work, pay taxes, or go to school" in Philadelphia, you can (and you should) get a free library card from the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition to books, the Free Library subscribes to electronic databases that Drexel doesn't. Some databases are available on their website if you have a library card and PIN; for others, you will need to visit the library and use their terminals. History majors should make it a priority to know the Free Library very well. And when you make your fortune later in life, be sure to donate a pile of money to this extraordinary public resource.

Other Philadelphia Libraries and Archives

There are few places with more resources for a history student than Philadelphia. The library has put together a list of the city's libraries and archives here, which includes their addresses and contact information.

Worldly Philadelphian

Unlike the good ol' days (1776), Philadelphians can't claim to be the center of the world (though it's worth trying). For those of you whose feet are in Philadelphia but whose interests lie elsewhere, here are a few resources that may provide a start.



  • Drexel University College of Arts & Sciences History & Politics Prof. Steen

  • Department of History & Politics, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875 steen@drexel.edu