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WGS 173: Franklin's College and Beyond

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Introduction to the Library


Encyclopedia of Education
Ref LB 15 .E47 2003

Encyclopedia of American education
Ref LB 17 .U54 2001

Women in Higher Education
Ref LC 1569 .W66 2002

Historical Dictionay of Women's Education in the United States
Ref LC 1752 .H57 1998

American Eras
Ref E 169.1 .A4719

The Writer's Guide to Everyday life in Colonial America
Ref E 162 .T26 1997

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800's
Ref E 165 .M5

Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
Ref E 169.1 .E624 2001

Encyclopedia of the United States in the 19th Century
Ref E 169.1 .E626 2001

Civil War Years
Ref E 468.3 .D44

The Library of Congress Civil War desk reference
Ref E 468 .L58 2002

Benjamin Franklin
Ref E 302.6 .F8 D88 1997

Thomas Jefferson
Ref E 332.79 .B76 1998

The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America
Ref HQ 1410 .C85


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.

The OCLC Online Union Catalog. Nearly 60 million records of many types of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries around the world. *NOW* available in limited format as Updated daily.

A free book-exchange service among academic libraries in Pennsylvania. If F&M's copy of a book you want is unavailable, try E-Z Borrow to get the book quickly!
(E-Z Borrow requires your F&M ID barcode number.)

Indexes and Article Collections

Accessible Archives
Primary source material from 18th and 19th century periodicals. Includes Godey's Ladies Book (1830-80), Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective (1860-1865), African American Newspapers: The 19th Century.

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.

Education Full Text
Indexes more than 400 domestic and international English-language periodicals and yearbooks. Subjects include administration, teaching methods and curriculum, literacy, and government funding. Covers 1984 to the present.

HarpWeek: the Civil War Era 1857-77
Access to Harper's Weekly during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Provides both text and image searching capabilities.

A collection of abstracts and articles from over 100 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years. Choose PRINT from within JStor to print articles at proper margin settings. You may need to go to SET PREFERENCES to select desired Printing preferences. Choose PDF: Economy. Call the Reference Desk (x4217) or Ask Andy for assistance.

New York Times
The New York Times (Sep 18, 1851 - Dec 31, 2004, full-text) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile
A reference service covering the Nineteenth Century, providing indexes to major indexing and information sources of that period. Contains full indexing of the New York Times from 1863 to 1905.

Journals, Magazines & Newspapers @ F&M and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

To determine whether or not the F&M Library owns a journal, use the JOURNALS: search our catalog of print and online journals feature on the Library's web site. If the library does not have a journal you need, and you have at least 1 week to 10 days before your assignment is due, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan: request journal articles & books request to have the journal article acquired for you by the library. Allow 3-7 days for the article to arrive.


The raw building blocks of research in both the humanities and social sciences are original materials authored/created by individuals who are the actual participants in the topic at hand. These include a wide range of documents, both written, oral and visual such as...
  • letters (correspondence)
  • diaries
  • narratives
  • memoirs
  • maps
  • accounts
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • oral readings


Criteria to consider when evaluating Web sites:
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?
For more information on evluating web sites, consult the "How To" guides on the library web site.

TIP: When using a web site for research, print a copy of the first page to verify its existence.

If you have any questions, would like further assistance, etc, contact:

Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy Librarian,
291-3844 or

Last updated: 9/19/07 jb/ls