Franklin &  Marshall College Library

ENG 105: AMERICAN DREAMS

THE UNITED STATES

American National Biography
Ref CT 213 .A68 1999

Encyclopedia of American Lives
Ref CT 213 .S37 1998

American Chronicle
Ref E 169.1 .G664 1999

The Columbia Chronicles of American Life
Ref E 169.1 .G667 1995

American Decades
Ref E 169.12 .A419

Dictionary of American History
Ref E 174 .A43 1976

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Ref E 174 .O94 2001

The Almanac of American History
Ref E 174.5 .A45 1983

The Chronicle of America
Ref E 174.5 .C47 1995

Encyclopedia of American History
Ref E 174.5 .E52 1996

Dictionary of American Biography
Ref E 176 .D56

Encyclopedia of the United States in the 20th Century
Ref E 740.7 .E53

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Researcher
Ref H 35 .E35

THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY

The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents
Ref E 176.1 .D43 1984

Facts About the Presidents
Ref E 176.1 .K3 1989

The Presidents
Ref E 176.1 .P918 1996

American Presidents of the 20th Century (bibliography)
Ref E 740.7 .A534 2000

The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency
Ref E 176.1 .R295 2000

The Presidents Speak (inaugural addresses)
Ref Balcony J 81 .C62 1994

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
Ref Balcony JK 511 .E53 1994

The Presidency A to Z
Ref Balcony JK 511 .P775 1992

Guide to the Presidency
Ref Balcony JK 516 .C57 1996

Vital Statistics on the Presidency
Ref Balcony JK 518 .R34 1996

The American Presidency (bibliography)
Ref Z 1249 .P7 D38 1983

American Presidents (bibliography)
Ref Z 1249 .P7 M36 1987

NIXON

The Cumulated Indexes to the Public Papers of...Nixon, 1969-1974
Ref Balcony J 82 .E2 1978

Political Profiles
Ref E 840.6 .P64

CATALOGS (Where to find BOOKS)

F&M’s LIBRARY CATALOG
Search the catalog to find out what books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns.

NOTE: There are no journal articles in the catalog!

To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search our your topic.

Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts, which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to retrieve other items with similar content.

Example:

TOPIC: "What were the psychological characteristics of Richard M. Nixon?"

SEARCH STATEMENT: nixon and (psychology or psychological)

SUBJECT HEADINGS:
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913- --Psychology.
Presidents--United States--Biography.

WORLDCAT
A catalog of library holdings worldwide. Search here if you are having difficulty locating bookson your topic, and you have a lot of time before your work is due. Obtaining books found in WorldCat requires Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

INDEXES & ARTICLE COLLECTIONS

America: History and Life
Comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to present. Covers abstracts 1964 to the present.

American National Biography
Includes more than 17,400 men and women whose lives have shaped the nation. Updated quarterly.

Humanities Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields. Covers 1984 to the present.

PAIS International
Index to policy-oriented literature (books, journal articles and U.S. and foreign government documents). International coverage of information about political, economic and social issues and events in specific countries. Covers 1972 to the present.

Readers' Guide Full Text
Indexes over 200 popular U.S. general interest periodicals. Covers 1983 to the present.

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Comprehensive indexing of 500 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982.

Social Sciences Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering anthropology, economics, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. Covers 1983 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts
Full version comprehensive database of over 1500 journals covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Covers 1963 to the present.

REMEMBER: Search Journals at F&M to find out if the library has the journals that contain the articles you found in the databases.

If the library does not have the journal, and you have the time, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article. Allow 5-10 days for the article to arrive.

INTERNET RESOURCES

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1. Authority: Who is responsible for the content? Are they an expert on the topic? Does the author identify her/him/them-self?

2. Objectivity: Why was the site created? Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? Is the site meant to persuade the reader?

3. Content: What is presented? Is the content focused, or does it stray all over the place? Is the site appropriate for research/scholarly purposes? Is the design of the site more important than the content?

4. Accuracy: Does the site feature a list of sources, or bibliography, or links to other similar sites? Are other authorities cited?

5. Currency: Is the web site current? Is it currently being maintained? Is there indication of when it was last updated anywhere on the page?

TIP: When using a web site for research, print a
copy of the first page for verification.

Web sites come and go easily!


Last updated: 2/20/04 ag, contact Andy Gulati for assistance, 291-4261