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HST 497 - Capstone Seminar in American History (Clark)

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 via ILLiad. 
To request an item from another library:
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide).

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
  • Google Scholar Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff   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
Historical newspapers
  • New York Times Historical Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Offers full-text, full-image articles of The New York Times, going back to 1851. The database can be used to search national and international news, editorials, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, plus historical photos and advertisements. The documents are downloadable in PDF format. How to export to RefWorks
  • Chicago Defender Historical Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    Covers several editions of the Chicago Defender newspaper from 1910-1975.
  • Reveal Digital: Independent Voices Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff
    A growing collection of magazines, journals, and newspapers of the independent alternative press of the 1960s-1980s. Good primary sources for the history of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.
Online databasesVideosGovernment documents

Archives directories
Print resources
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:

Find Background Information
Encyclopedias, bibliographies, etc.
(KL, main floor).

Browse the print reference collection in these areas:
  • E151-183 (United States - General works - encyclopedias, etc.)
  • E184-185 (African American history)
  • E740-749 (General works on the 20th century)
  • E841-851 (Kennedy and Johnson's administrations)

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

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Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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