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HST 300 - Seminar in Historical Research (Matthews)

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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 Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    A catalog of materials owned by libraries worldwide. How to export to RefWorks . Use it to find items at other libraries that you can request through inter-library loan.

You can browse the library's history books in these areas:
  • E151-183 United States - General works - encyclopedias, etc.
  • E740-749 General works on the 20th century
  • E813-E816 Truman's administrations
  • E835-837 Eisenhower's administrations
  • E841-843 Kennedy's administration
  • E846-851 Johnson's administrations
  • E855-861 Nixon's administrations
  • E865-868 Ford's administration
  • E872-875 Carter's administration
  • E876-880 Reagan's administrations
  • E881-884 George H. W. Bush's administration
  • E885-889 Clinton's administrations
  • E902-904 George W. Bush's administrations
  • E907-909 Obama's administration
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

    America: History & Life
  • Historical Abstracts Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
  • 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.
  • 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
Find Primary Sources
Government documents
Images and audio-visual sources

To find more primary sources
--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. For example: Eisenhower and correspondence.

The History Research Guide and the Midddle Eastern History Guide list other online primary source collections.

Locate a Cited Article

The reference lists and bibliographies of books and journal articles that you find will help 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:
Michael Ottolenghi, “Harry Truman’s Recognition of Israel,” The Historical Journal 47 no. 4 (2004): 963–88.

Check to see if KL owns this journal by

  • entering the article title in OneSearch.
  • or searching the Library Catalog (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.

Additional information

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

Citation style

K. Turabian, A Manual for Writers (Ref.  LB 2369 .T8 2007)
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Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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Last updated by D. Daniel, 08/29/14


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