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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HST 4980 - 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.
  • Books that compile and publish original sources can be found by searching Library OneSearch:

Government documents
Civil Rights
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Women's Magazine Archive
    An archival research resource comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period.

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 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
Some key aspects of American history since the 1960s are illustrated in our archives. Explore examples of topics and primary sources to research them.

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

Special collections can help with other aspects of 1960s American history:

The Billie Farnum Papers
are 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
documents local, state, and national events as reported in the media. It contains nearly 1300 reels of microfilm covering 1835-2007 issues, thousands of print and digital photographs, and 43 bound volumes for the 1851-1905 issues.
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.

Enter the title of the article in Library OneSearch or search for the journal (Diplomatic History) in the journal search.

3. If Kresge Library does not have this article, you can order a copy through Interlibrary Loan (24-hour turnaround).

Find Books
Interlibrary Loan

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



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

Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

Office hours by appointment
[by phone or virtual meeting]



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