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History Course Guides: History 499 (U.S. History, Imperial Context)

Course Guides Used for Library Instruction in History Research

Handout for Library Instruction Session, History 499

Modern U.S. History, Imperial, Colonial Context
Library Resources (Fall 2020)

Greg Armento, History Librarian (562-985-4367) greg.armento@csulb.edu

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.


UNIVERSITY LIBRARY PAGE has an overview of research services available in the library


SUBJECT ENCYCLOPEDIAS and REFERENCE MATERIAL

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. Online, 2002

Encyclopedia of American Immigration. 4 print vols. 2001.

Encyclopedia of American Studies. 4 print vols. 2001.

Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. 1 print vol. 2001

Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries: From Anarchism to Zhou Enlai. 1 print vol. 1996.

Encyclopedia of the Cold War: a Political, Social and Military History. 5 print vols. 2008.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450. Online, 2007. 

Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. 4 print vols. 1997

Encyclopedia of Law & Society : American and Global Perspectives. 3 print vols. 2007

Historical Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidential Use of Force 1979-2000. Online. 2001

International Security and the United States: An Encyclopedia. 2 print vols. 2008.

Global Connections : America's Role In the 21st Century. 1 print vol. 2002.


FINDING BOOKS IN ONESEARCH 

  • 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.

OneSearch Search Techniques 

  • If you are looking for a phrase "postcolonial relations" put your terms in quotation marks. It will force word adjacency, in that order.
  • If you want word variants, use an asterisk* at the end of a word. Entering imperial* will produce imperial, imperialism, imperialist. 
  • If you want synonyms, put similar terms in parenthesis and use capital OR. (hegemony OR "post imperial*" OR postcolonial OR globalism)

To get results with higher relevancy to you topic, use subject keyword searches. These may produce results with higher relevancy to your search.


FINDING PRIMARY HISTORY BOOKS 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. These items MAY be primary.


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

IN-DEPTH CSULB HISTORY RESEARCH GUIDES

IDENTIFYING/LOCATING ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

ArchivesGrid will find archival content across the nation


RESEARCH DATABASES: JOURNALS, NEWSPAPERS Etc.

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


CITING HISTORICAL MATERIALS


GOOGLE SEARCH: TECHNIQUES AND TIPS

Search Techniques

  • In GOOGLE searches place phrases in quotes to force word adjacency
  • Use OR (capitalized) to find synonyms (presidents OR prime ministers OR premiers)
  • Use domain stems (site:edu; site:org) to find sites in specific Internet realms
  • Truncation symbols (e.g. the asterisk*) does not work in GOOGLE

To find types of domains: type in

  • 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:int (to find international organizations, UN-type)
  • site:ru (stands for Russia. Use two letter country codes for domains in a country.
  • Use this link for two letter country codes

Use GOOGLE SCHOLAR  to find scholarly journal articles. If you do this on campus, you may be able to link to full text articles we subscribe to online.


ONLINE DOCUMENTS COVERING U.S. POLITICAL HISTORY