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HIS 174: Anti-Semitism in Historical Perspective

Secondary sources - Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and bibliographies

Secondary sources are informational resources written by individuals who were not the actual participants in the topic at hand. They may be of value to your research since they often provide greater objectivity and different perspectives as a result of the passage of time. Common secondary sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and bibliographies.
Jewish Autobiographies and Biographies
Ref Room DS115 .Z2Z78 1989
This bibliography can provide the researcher with references to other sources about individual Jewish persons. Of special note is an index entry for both Holocaust survivors as well as victims for whom auto-biographical or biographical material has been published.

Encyclopedia of Jewish History
Ref Room DS118 .E465 1986b
Chronologically arranged, this heavily illustrated source can provide a summary overview of events in the history of the Jewish people. Cross-referenced throughout. Indexed.

Antisemitism : a reference handbook
Ref Room DS145 .C464 2004
This resource provides foundational information on the definitions, progression and psychological factors relating to antisemitism. It contains useful sections on both biographies and geographical locales germane to the topic. Includes an overall bibliography of useful sources and a detailed index.

Antisemitism : a historical encyclopedia...
Ref Room DS146 .E8 A58 2005
A unique, two volume encyclopedia of 612 articles whose aim is to "present to the educated reader...accurate, thorough and up-to-date information...." Each article contains cross references to relevant companion articles as well as a bibliography of additional sources and volume 2 has a detailed topical index to the entire set.

New Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel
Ref Room DS 149 .N56 1994
Completes as a revised, updated 2 volume compendium of research, efforts begun in the 1960's to provide a source for the initial study of Zionism as the chief political movement of "modern" Judaism.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
This encyclopedia is the largest reference work ever published for the social and behavioral sciences. Every article in the electronic edition will be supported by an abstract prepared specifically for the online publication. These abstracts will be posted to the website as they become available. Updated annually.

How to find books

  • Select "Library Catalog" from the Library home page. In finding books for this class use such subject terms as "Antisemitism"", or "racism history", or "Jews United States History" as the broad subject of your search.
  • Go to the call number locations of those books both in the stacks and the reference room. Similar books will be nearby.
  • Look at the subject headings for a book that meets your needs. Select those subject headings to find other books that are described the same way and might also be useful.

How to find and locate journal articles

Look under "A - Z List of Resources" on the Library homepage. Scroll down to find these selections that may be the most helpful for your topic, some of which are...

A collection of full text articles in .pdf format from the back files of over 200 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to within the last 4 or 5 years.

Project Muse
A collection scholarly journals, full text in .pdf or .html format, from more than 50 publishers, primarily university and societal presses.

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

Historical Abstracts
The most comprehensive indexing service in the field of non-U.S. and Canadian history from 1450 to the present. Covers 1955 to the present. See America: History and Life for U.S. and Canadian history.

ATLA Religion Index
Comprehensive database in religious and theological scholarship. Covers from 1949 to the present.

Once you have a specific journal title, go to "Journals at F&M" from the library homepage and type in the title of a journal you hope to find.

How to find information on the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web can be a helpful environment in which to access scholarly information but because it is an unmediated matrix it is advisable to start one's exploration of it at bona fide sites.

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Vidal Sassoon International Center was established in 1982 as an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to an independent, non-political understanding of antisemitism. The Center engages in research on antisemitism throughout the ages.

Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism
The database of the Stephen Roth Institute monitors contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.

Institute for Global Communications - Antisemitism
Resident as a discreet section within this non-profit organization's web site (devoted to unbiased dialogue on prejudice) is a useful annotated gateway of url's leading to web sites germane to scholarly research in the area of antisemitism.

How to...

Last updated: 9/12/06 mg, contact Marty Gordon for further assistance