History as a Text
CHRONOLOGIES & Encyclopedias
- American Decades
Ref. E169.12 .A419 1994 (10 volumes).
One volume for each decade of the twentieth century.
- Literature and its times :
Profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them
Ref PN50 .L574 1997
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Ref. E169.1 .S764. (5 volumes).
Use this to look up 20th-century concepts. Articles often include a short bibliography.
- Encyclopedia. of American Cultural and Intellectual History
Ref. E169.1 .E624 2001 (3 vol.)
- Encyclopedia of American Social History
Ref. HN 57 .E58 1993 (3 volumes).
- CQ Researcher
Provides background information and analysis of controversial issues.
RESOURCES FOR FINDING PRIMARY SOURCES (20TH CENTURY)
- Index to the New York Times
Ref. AI 21.N44 (covers mid-19th & all 20th century)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Full-text New York Times and Wall Street Journal newspaper coverage.
- Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature
Ready Ref AI 3.R48
Covers entire 20th century & more.
RESOURCES FOR FINDING ARTICLES
- Academic Search Premier
For magazines, journals, some newspapers, much full text:
- America: History and Life
In-depth index to history articles and books in publication. No full text. Use Advanced Search to limit years covered in the content of the articles.
- PAIS Covers social science and public policy issues back to 1972. No full text.
- MLA International Bibliography
Articles on languages and literature.
- LION: Literature Online
Full-text reference works, texts, and journal articles.
- FIAF: International Federation of Film Archives
Articles on films and film studies.
- Sociological Abstracts
Academic articles on sociology.
- For additional subject-specialty databases, consult a reference librarian, or the list of databases by subject. All the above databases are available via the list of databases by name.
LOCATING ARTICLES AND BOOKS
Some databases provide the full text of some articles, but not all. If the full text is not provided, look up the journal title in the MERLIN Catalog to see if we subscribe and get the call number, or check Find it At MU to see if full text is provided elsewhere. If you can’t find what you need, please Ask a Librarian. Use the MERLIN Catalog to locate books in the MU Libraries. Use the MOBIUS Catalog to request books from other academic libraries in Missouri. Again, if you can’t find what you need, please Ask a Librarian.
TIPS ON SEARCHING DATABASES AND ONLINE CATALOGS
Put an AND between words when you want to find all the words: Atlanta AND travel Put an OR between words when you’d be happy with one word or the other or both: Atlanta and (travel OR tourism) Use truncation symbols or wildcards to search for variants. E.g., tour* retrieves tour, tours, tourist, tourists, tourism, touring , etc. If you get too much, limit your search to subject headings or descriptors . To find primary sources in library catalogs, look for the following words in the subject headings: correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, sources.
MLA style manuals are available at the Reference Desk. If you use articles you obtained in full-text version directly from a library database, the citation protocol will be different than if you had found the article in paper copy in the library. Consult EbscoHost's MLA Style Guide for full-text articles in databases.
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