Primary Literature and Historical Sources


Sources can be found in a multitude of special databases licensed by the FU libraries or free accessible in the web.

In the lists below you can find a selection of databases that are especially interesting for American Studies.


JFKI library is responsible for the Special Subject Collection “North American Newspapers”. Here you can find more information on newspaper research.

Microform Collections

Microforms form a large part of the library holdings. Almost all newspapers, and some journals and magazines, are only available in microform. Collections on specific subjects or persons complete the microform holdings. Most titles were funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

All the collections can be found in the FU-Katalog or Primo. Only some titles of individual books or documents from the collections are searchable there. The rest can be found in the guides that come with every collection and are available in the library. An overview on our microform collections can be found in the Research Guide.

Please note down the call number when you have found a microform collection that you would like to use - you need it to find the films in our microform stacks. You can then take the films from the stacks and use them with our microreaders, reader-printer or our microscanners. Inter-library loan is also possible, please contact your home library for more details.