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History Course Guides: History 301 (History Methodology)

Course Guides Used for Library Instruction in History Research

History Methodology Library Instruction Handout

History Research, Library Resources (Fall 2020)
Greg Armento, History Librarian, greg.armento@csulb.edu
Fall Online (E-mail, Chat or Zoom) Office Hours, Mon, 5-6 pm; Tues 9-10 am

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.


YOU CAN WATCH THE LIBRARY HISTORY 301 LECTURE IN A 3 PART ZOOM. EACH ONE ABOUT 20 MINUTES. 

  • Tutorial Part I Overview of history sources including finding encyclopedias and scholarly books
  • Tutorial Part II How to find secondary scholarly materials in research databases with focus on Historical Abstracts and America History & Life
  • Tutorial Part III Finding primary sources in books and research databases

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 

  • OneSearch Search Techniques 
    • If you are looking for a phrase "southern slavery" put  your terms in quotation marks. It will force word adjacency.
    • If you want word variants, use an asterisk * at the end of a word. Entering histor* will produce history, histories, historians, historiography, historical, etc.
    • If you want synonyms, put similar terms in parenthesis and use capital OR. (slavery OR indentured OR bondage OR servitude)
    • To get results with higher relevancy to you topic, use subject keyword searches. These may produce results with higher relevancy to your search.
  • Getting Books From Other Libraries
    • If you discover a CSULB owned print book in OneSearch, we can get to you in a week. But if you want  online books only, select "Full Text Online" option, Review this graphic, or you can review this 4 minute tutorial.


FINDING PRIMARY HISTORICAL CONTENT IN ONESEARCH

These subject keywords will tend to find primary historical content. 

sources   personal narratives   biography   correspondence   interviews  

letters   papers   facsimiles   pictorial   oral history  diaries

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 SUBJECTSThen 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

  • CSU+ To rapidly get books that we don't have, (within 2-4 days) from other CSU libraries. Due to Covid, this service may be unavailable. See Current Library Services.
  • LINK+ is similar to CSU+ but includes more than CSU Libraries. Service may be unavailable for a while
  • BEACH REACH Use to get journal articles we don't own delivered rapidly to your desktop.

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

Many of the databases below contain full text, or will link (2 or 3 clicks away) to the article at another site. Look for this Get It @ CSULB  Those listed with RED Beginning-Ending Dates suggest primary content

  • 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

  • ArchivesGrid includes over 4 million records describing archival materials, historical documents, personal papers, family histories, from over 1000 different archives. Many archives link to online options.

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. 

    • Example country of Georgia

    • The asterisk* (truncation) will not work in a GOOGLE search

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:ru (stands for Russia. 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