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HST 497 - Capstone Seminar in American History (Clark)

Find Background Information
The library's print reference collection has a number of important reference works (encyclopedias, bibliographies, etc.). For American history, browse the print reference collection in these areas, or ask a reference librarian for assistance:
  • E151-183 (United States - General works - encyclopedias, etc.)
  • E184-185 (African American history)
  • E740-749 (General works on the 20th century)
  • E813-E837 (Truman's and Eisenhower's administrations)

See also:
  • Cambridge Histories Online Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Includes more than 260 volumes from the esteemed Cambridge Histories and covers 14 subject areas including General History, Regional History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
  • The Cold War, 1945-1991 (Ref. D 839.5 .C65 1992)
Find Books
  • Kresge Library catalog Unrestricted Resource
    You can use the library catalog to find books, scholarly & popular journals, government documents, dvds & videos, reference materials, sheet music, and more.
  • MelCat
    A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.
  • WorldCat
    A global catalog of libraries. It allows you to request books at a library beyond Michigan to be sent to you.
Find Articles
  • America: History & Life Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Provides indexing for 1,700 journals. How to export to RefWorks. Coverage: 1964-present
  • JSTOR Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present.
  • Project Muse Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences.
  • History Cooperative Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Full-text articles from 22 leading history journals, including "The Michigan Historical Review"
  • Academic OneFile Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    A huge and highly heterogeneous multidisciplinary mix of scholarly, journalistic, practitioner and popular sources, with much direct full-text included. Use the tabs to identify scholarly, newspaper or other sources as necessary. Thanks to MeL / How to export to RefWorks Coverage: 1980-present
  • Humanities Abstracts Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Here you'll find articles, book reviews, and interviews dealing with literature, movies, journalism, dance, and communication. 1984 to present.

Although not a library database, Google Scholar Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff may also be helpful to your research. Use Google Scholar to find citations to books, conference proceedings, journal articles and more. Google Scholar provides information on who has cited a particular work.
Find Primary Sources

You may also find primary sources by searching the Library Catalog. Often, important primary sources are gathered together and reprinted in books. The following words and phrases in the Subject Headings of a book record may indicate that the item contains primary source material:
--Sources --Photography
--Personal Narratives --Interviews
--Correspondence --Sermons
--Diaries --Songs and music
--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc. --Facsimiles
--Records and correspondence --Manuscripts
 

You can use any of these terms in a Boolean Keyword search of your topic in the catalog. For example: eisenhower and correspondence.

For more information:

Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library:
 
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
or   
ILLiad (libraries worldwide).
Locating a Cited Article

A very effective research strategy is to consult the reference lists and bibliographies of books and journal articles that you find; these bibliographies should help you identify other valuable materials on your topic. Your next step is to determine whether KL owns that book or journal article.

e.g.: Suppose you find the following citation in the bibliography of a book or article you're reading:
 
Bernstein, B. J. (1998). Truman and the a-bomb: Targeting noncombatants, using the bomb, and his defending the "decision." Journal of Military History, 62(3), 547-570.

Check to see if KL owns this journal (Journal of Military History) by searching Kresge Library’s Library Catalog. (Be sure to perform a Journal Title search using the title of the journal — Journal of Military HistoryNOT the title of the article.) If Kresge Library does not have this article, you can order a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

RefWorks

Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Other Research Tools
  • EndNote Web - Another citation management tool available through the library's subscription to Web of Science. Personal EndNote Web accounts MUST be created on campus.
  • Zotero - A Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to capture, manage and share information on your research sources. Can be used with any of the library's databases, and on Web sites.
A Guide to RefWorks is available from the library's homepage.
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Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages
daniel@oakland.edu
248.370.2478

Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-5:30

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