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Research Resources: Class Guides

AMS 350: Studying America

Researching in Libraries:

Searching catalogs to find location & citation data:

  • Library Catalog: Books, DVDs, CDs, etc. Primary, secondary and tertiary sources.

    • To find reference/tertiary sources:
      • Limit catalog search by Location: Ref Area
      • Visit the library web site's A to Z List and look for the ;--e.g., ANB/ American National Biography, Credo Reference, Oxford Reference, Statistical Abstract of the U.S., Statistical Universe, etc.

    • To search the catalog for American Studies related sources:
      • Combine simple topic language with subject headings:

        Word or phrase: economic and class and Subject: "united states"

      • Library of Congress Subject Heading language for American Studies related content:
        • america
        • "united states"

    • To find sources often considered primary,through the Library Catalog:
      • Perform a "word" or "subject" search combining your topic language with format type:

        astronauts and interviews

      • Library of Congress Subject Heading language for primary source formats: Diaries, Interviews, Personal narrative, Sources, Maps Correspondence, Manuscripts, Statistics, Speeches, Surveys, Autobiographies

    • If item not available @ F&M: use E-Z Borrow [ILL=back-up]

  • WorldCat: Functions similarly to the F&M Library Catalog

    • If item not available @ F&M: use E-Z Borrow [ILL=back-up]
Searching indexes to find location & citation data:
  • Indexes feature citation data for journal/newspaper/periodical articles.

    • To search indexes visit the web site's: A to Z List or By Subject: American Studies

    • Indexes @ F&M with American Studies related content:
      • Accessible Archives, 18th & 19th c. periodicals
      • America: History & Life
      • American Broadsides and Ephemera
      • American Factfinder
      • America's Historical Newspapers
      • Archives USA, a directory
      • HarpWeek: The Civil War Era, 1857-1877
      • JStor: Disciplines: African American Studies AND American Indian Studies
      • Legal Research
      • Project Muse: American Studies

    • Indexes @ F&M with International Scope: include "united states" in search:
      • contemporary Women's Issues
      • EconLit
      • PAIS International (Public Affairs)
      • Religion Index
      • Social Sciences
      • Sociological Abstracts

    • If item not available @ F&M: use Interlibrary Loan
Locating library materials using location & citation data:
  • Books/Monographs: by LC call number

  • Articles: by format, as indicated via "Journals-search our catalog of print and online journals"

    • Current/Active subscription = Periodicals Room, 1st floor
    • "Bound" = Ground floor, south
    • Microform (film/fiche) = 1st floor, behind Ref Desk
    • Full-Text, Digital = by library subscription, free if available

Additional Help

Contact Lisa Stillwell for further assistance.

Last updated: 3/08 ls/jb


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