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Research Resources: Class Guides


HIS 360: History Workshop: Methods and Practices



Researching in Libraries:


Consider: information/knowledge creation, publication, archiving

>indexing, cataloging

>locating, retrieving/accessing

>creating new knowledge by using and attributing sources ethically and legally


Consider: language variations used in...all of the above!


Consider: physical nature of the item to determine where your search begins:

  • Book/Monograph = Library Catalog to confirm holdings and obtain a description

  • Periodical/Magazine/Journal/Newspaper Articles = print or online index, and/or online archive, to discover publication contents, description and method of access

  • Government Information = respective agency web site, depository library-catalog, plus government and/or commercially produced indexes and finding aids. Libraries vary in methods of catalog representation and physical organization. Most government publications are assigned a unique Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) number, which can be useful for locating the item in depository libraries.



Searching catalogs and indexes to find location & citation data at F&M:


Tertiary sources:
  • Library Catalog: Location: Ref Area
  • Library Web Site: Subject Guides: History: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Bibliographies

Secondary sources
  • Books: Library Catalog, WorldCat [EZ-Borrow if necessary; ILL=back-up]
  • Articles: Library Web Site: A-Z list of indexes/databases and/or Subject Guides: History [ILL if necessary]

Primary sources:
  • Library Catalog: [EZ Borrow if necessary; ILL=back-up]
  • WorldCat: [EZ Borrow if necessary; ILL=back-up]
      *Library of Congress Subject Language for primary material:
      *documents, interviews, correspondence, letters, speeches, diaries, narratives, sources, collections
  • Internet-mediated Library Subscription Indexes/Databases/Archives featuring historical materials which may be considered primary sources [ILL if necessary]:
    • Accessible Archives, 18th & 19th c. periodicals
    • America's Historical Newspapers
    • Archive Finder, a directory
    • The New York Times, 1851-2006
    • Nineteenth Century Masterfile
    • PAIS Archive, 1915-1976
    • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, Retrospective, 1890-1982
  • Library Print Indexes/Abstracts:
    • Located in the "Microforms Room" at Shadek-Fackenthal


Locating library materials at F&M using location & citation data:


Books/Monographs: by LC call number

Articles: by format, as indicated via "Journal Finder"

  • 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


Contact Lisa Stillwell for further assistance.
Last updated: 2/12 ls,jb
 

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