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History Course Guides: History 499, Material Culture, Early Modern Period

Course Guides Used for Library Instruction in History Research

Latin American Visual Culture

History, Material Culture: Early Modern Period, Library Resources (Spring 2023)
Greg Armento, History Librarian, 

University Library PAGE Is the place to start. It contains an overview of library research services available.


To find CSULB Books, use OneSearch Advanced Search 

Search for pioneers, politicians and historians as an AUTHOR or SUBJECT or KEYWORD ANYWHERE. 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. These items MAY be primary. 

Search Tips

  • If you are looking for a phrase "everyday life" 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.
  • To search for synonyms capitalize OR between each word and enclose in parenthesis  Example  (clothing OR costume OR dress OR fashion) 

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

These subject keywords will tend to find content  with emphasis on material culture, visuals

architect*    art*    film*    cinema    motion picture*    painting*     sculpture*    clothing    costum*     dress    performing arts    furniture   artifact*    pictorial    photograph* 

Combine one of these terms above with a country or geographical region:

Example: europe furniture    or    clothing* south america

These subject keywords will tend to find primary historical content

sources   personal narratives   biography   correspondence   interviews   

letters   papers   facsimiles   pictorial   oral history  diaries

If you want to find more results on any of your topics, check the box that reads Books & Media (all CSU) and you will find many more relevant items loanable from other CSU's.

Book and Journal Loaning Options from other libraries

  • CSU+ To rapidly get books that we don't have,  (within 2-4 days) from other libraries.
  • BEACH REACH To rapidly get journal articles and some books we don’t have, from other libraries.

These 2 services described here 

  • WORLDCAT Enormous "worldwide catalog" of books cataloged in libraries Worldwide. Comprehensive resource for identifying and locating obscure topics and titles.

Research Databases, Textual

To find articles in many of our databases, look for the SFX icon in each citation. It may look like this  get it at csulb It’s a shortcut to finding the article online.

  • Academic Search Complete Comprehensive interdisciplinary research for journal content.
  • America History & Life (for U.S. History) and  Historical Abstracts (for World History).  These are the two premier scholarly periodical indexes for historical content published since the mid 1950s.  Both databases may be searched simultaneously. 

Research Databases, Focus on imagery & Visual

FINDING Museum collections

ArchivesGrid includes over 4 million records describing archival materials, historical documents, personal papers, family histories, from over 1000 different archives.

Citing Historical Materials

Google tips and techniques

to find specific sites at types of domains, and websites based in other countries:

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 20% of the book, and maybe entire chapters.