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

Find Background Information
Find Books
  • Library OneSearch
    Search Kresge Library's physical and digital holdings
  • 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
Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library: 

MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide).
Find Articles
Here are the main databases for scholarly articles on American history:

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.Then, 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 Library OneSearch. If not, you can order a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

Find Primary Sources
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.
  • Use Library OneSearch to find some types of primary sources.
    The following words and phrases in the Subject Headings of a book record may indicate that the item contains primary source materials:
Personal narratives
Songs and music
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Records and correspondence

  You can use any of these terms and add a keyword to search of your topic. For example: eisenhower correspondence. More information on how to search for such sources is available in this tutorial:

Government documents
History of civil rights
Archives on the web


  • 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
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff AVON: Academic Video Online
    A multidisciplinary collection of videos that touches on the curriculum needs of virtually every department. Look for specialized collections (Theatre in Video, Opera in Video) under Advanced Search.

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.

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 university archives.

Explore examples of topics and primary sources to research them.

The Billie Farnum Papers are also a good source for research on the 1960s in the U.S. Billie Farnum served in the House of Representatives as a Democrat for the 19th Congressional District (around OU) in 1965-1967. His papers document the legislative and political history of the Johnson era, both in Michigan and the U.S.

The Oakland Press archives: all the issues of the local newspaper and its photographic archive document the history of Oakland County and the metro Detroit area.
Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

Office hours: W 3-5pm

To make an appointment:
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Shawn Lombardo
Associate Professor

OFFICE HOURS Wed. 2:30-3:30pm | Thurs. 2:00-3:00pm |
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