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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HST 3000 - Seminar in Historical Research (Matthews)

Find Books
  • Unrestricted Resource Kresge Library Catalog
    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.
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff WorldCat
    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
Find Primary Sources
Newspapers Government documents Images and audio-visual sources
  • ARTstor: A digital library of more than one million images.
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff VAST: Academic Video Online : a video database documenting American history (presidential speeches, TV news coverage, etc.)
Digitized sources At KL
Search 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.

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
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

Office hours: W 3-5pm, KL 244. To make an appointment:   Book an appointment
Created by Shawn Lombardo.
Last updated by D. Daniel, 11/24/17


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