Due TO the Covid physical campus closure, most if not all in-house and in-person services are curtailed. this History guide will be a work in progress as the situation changes. check for current library online access options.
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University Library PAGE Is the place to start. It contains an overview of library research services available.
GO BEYOND WIKIPEDIA! FIND SCHOLARLY SUBJECT ENCYCLOPEDIAS IN OUR ONLINE LIBRARY
Here is a list of 280+ online history related subject encyclopedias; Add a third subject term, as seen in this formulation hist* encyclop* slave*. And you will see 20+ online titles. (The asterisk* at the end of a word will find singular or plural or variant words.) Slave* = Slavery or Slaves or Slaveholders or Slavemasters.
FINDING BOOKS IN ONESEARCH
FINDING PRIMARY HISTORICAL CONTENT IN ONESEARCH
These subject keywords will tend to find primary historical content.
Another way to use OneSearch for primary history is to find the oldest material, or material published around the time, (contemporary to) your historical event. Try searching for pioneers, politicians and historical figures as AUTHORS or SUBJECTS. Then sort or limit your results by date to locate items published at the same time as the historical event or written during the person's life.
Finding full text primary materials in google books
Google has scanned millions of books from libraries and institutes around the world. Generally, books published before the early 1920s are in the public domain and freely readable online, depending on Google's somewhat obscure criteria.
Book and Journal Loaning Options from other libraries
YOU MUST GET TO KNOW THESE TWO IMPORTANT DATABASES FOR SCHOLARLY HISTORY RESEARCH
These premier scholarly indexes for historical contain articles and books published since the mid 1950s. Both databases may be searched simultaneously. See this 4 minute tutorial on how to search.
OTHER Research Databases
Congressional Publications (Proquest), 1789 to Present. Covers full text congressional documents, hearings, proceedings, serial set, reports and maps, covering all aspects of American government including history, politics, foreign affairs, exploration, presidential proclamations and executive documents.
Times (Of London) Digital Archive, 1789-2008. Full text online content of London Times, (Sunday Times excluded).
Westlaw After it opens, go to NEWS section in upper right of screen to view a wide variety of national and international newspapers.
FINDING ARCHIVES, RARE MATERIAL
Citing Historical Materials
Google tips and techniques
For word adjacency, phrases, put your topic in "quotation marks” It is not needed for single word concepts.
It is not needed for single word concepts.
Example “country of Georgia”
The asterisk* (truncation) will not work in a GOOGLE search
To search for synonyms capitalize OR between each word and enclose in parenthesis
Example (maps OR cartography OR charts OR atlases)
Combine to get both concepts in a single search
Example “country of georgia” and (maps OR cartography OR charts OR atlases)
To get primary documents, try these techniques
to find sites at types of domains:
site:edu (to find sites located at colleges, universities)
site:org (to find sites at nonprofit organizations)
site:gov (to find government sites, government documents)
site:be (stands for Belgium. Use two letter country codes for domains in a country.
Use Google Scholar to find wide array of scholarly journal articles.
Use Google Books to find research snippets in scanned books. If the book reads PREVIEW you are in luck! You may be able to read entire chapters.
PRINT, MICROFILM AND ONLINE COLLECTIONS OF U.S. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS COVERING U.S. HISTORY
The University Library has a large collection of historic U.S. Government Documents. The items include