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HST 300 - Seminar in Historical Research (Clark)

Find Background Information
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
Find Articles
Here are the main databases for scholarly articles on American history:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Humanities Full-Text 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.
Find Primary Sources
  • ARTstor
    A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images
Documentary histories
  • Annals of America  (in the library's reference collection on the 2nd floor, call number E 173 .A793) contains hundreds of primary source documents.
  • 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. For example: eisenhower and correspondence.

Government documentsArchives on the web

The history research guide and 20th century U.S. history guide contain references to some of the largest digital archives online.

For help in working with primary sources, consult History Matters.

Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

To make an appointment:
Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library: 

MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide).

Use WorldCat Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff to find books at libraries beyond Michigan
Locate a Cited Article

An effective research strategy is to consult the reference lists and bibliographies of books and journal articles that you find, to 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:
B. J.Bernstein, "Truman and the A-bomb: Targeting Noncombatants, Using the Bomb, and his Defending the 'Decision,'" Journal of Military History 62 no. 3 (1998): 547-570.

Check to see if KL owns this journal (Journal of Military History) by searching Kresge Library’s Library Catalog. If not, you can order a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

Video tutorial on how to find journals owned by the library

Research in the Oakland University Archives
The Oakland University Archives documents the history of the University and its impact in Oakland County, Michigan, and beyond.

Some key aspects of American history since the 1960s are illustrated in the archives.

Explore examples of topics and primary sources to research them.

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

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