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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HST 4978 - Capstone Seminar in American History (Clark)

General Primary Sources
Newspapers In print in the library
  • 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 documents
Civil Rights Women Archives on the web Multimedia
  • 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 VAST: 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 and American Historical Association Archives Wiki - A searchable wiki of information on print and digital archives worldwide.

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.

Other special collections at Kresge Library:

The Billie Farnum Papers are also a good source for research on the 1950s and 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. Before that, he was administrative aide to Senator Blair Moody, Assistant Secretary of State of Michigan (1957-1960) and Auditor General of Michigan (1961-1964). He also served as Deputy State Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party in 1960-1961 and was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1956, 1960, and 1964.

The archive of the Oakland Press, which goes back to the Civil War, is a great source documenting local events.
Find Background Information
Find Articles
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff America: History & Life
    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
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Google Scholar   to find citations to books, conference proceedings, journal articles and more. Google Scholar provides information on who has cited a particular work.
Locate a Cited Article

1. Consult notes and bibliographies.
of books and journal articles that you find (these bibliographies should help you identify other valuable materials on your topic)

2. Determine whether KL owns that book or journal article.

e.g.: Suppose you find the following citation in a bibliography:
Walker, J. S. "Recent Literature on Truman's Atomic Bomb Decision: A Search For Middle Ground." Diplomatic History 29 no. 2 (2005): 311-334.

Search the  Library Catalog for the journal title (Diplomatic History ). Be sure to perform a Journal Title search — — NOT the title of the article. 

3. If Kresge Library does not have this article, you can order a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

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
Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages


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