History Research, Library Resources (2/2011)

Greg Armento, History Librarian, (562-985-4367) garmento@csulb.edu

Find this guide at: http://tinyurl.com/2funuuk   


University Library PAGE http://www.csulb.edu/library/  Site contains an overview of electronic research services available in the library.


Find What Books We Have at COAST Library Catalog

http://coast.library.csulb.edu/ To find out what books we have: some 1.25 million books.


Search for pioneers, politicians and historians as AUTHOR or SUBJECT or KEYWORD. Search for Martin Luther King, or Upton Sinclair, or Adolf Hitler. A KEYWORD search will bring up results by year of publication. Use this technique to find older publications (maybe at the time your event was occurring.


To get results with higher relevancy to you topic, in the ADVANCED KEYWORD SEARCH option: http://coast.library.csulb.edu/search~/X use subject keyword searches with the prefix D: in front of the term.




Using the Advanced Keyword Search described above, these terms below will tend to bring up books with primary history research value:


Note D: will find words anywhere in a descriptor/subject phrase.


d:sources   d:personal narratives   d:biography   d:correspondence   d:interviews  

d:letters   d:facsimiles   d:pictorial   d:oral history  d:diaries



·         to get personal memories try: Japanese Americans and d:personal narratives

·         to get original documents in books: d:world war and d:japan and d:sources


Book and Journal Loaning Options from other libraries


Book and Journal Loaning Options from other libraries


LINK+ To rapidly get books from other libraries that we don’t have

ARTICLE REACH To rapidly get journal articles we don’t have, from other libraries

ILLIAD Our interlibrary loan service for journals we don’t have or books not in

These 3 services described here http://www.csulb.edu/library/guide/serv/docdel.html


Research Databases


To find articles in many of our databases, look for the SFX icon in each citation. It may look like this  or   It’s a shortcut to finding the article online.


Academic Search Complete http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A  Accesses nearly 6000 full text interdisciplinary journals. Coverage: 1990 to date.


America History & Life (for U.S. History) and  Historical Abstracts (for World History). http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A The premier periodical indexes for scholarly research in history. Article citations go back to the 1950s.


L’Année Philologique http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A Covers Greco-Roman Antiquity. Includes journal articles, essays, books, book reviews and dissertations. Topics covered: history, religion, folklore, philosophy, archaeology and classical literature. Time period is 500 b.c.e. to 500 c.e.


America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1876 http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A  Searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions from more than 650 historical American newspapers. Northern and “Old Northwest” papers are covered up until 1876. Southern newspaper coverage stops by the 1820s. Also see this link for library holdings of early papers on microfilm http://www.csulb.edu/~garmento/guides/npapersmicrocard.htm


Brepolis Medieval Bibliographies http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#B  Covers the historical period from 300-1500 AD. Europe, the Mideast and North Africa are the database’s focus. Indexes journal articles, books & conference proceedings.


Dissertations and Theses http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#D  Provides full text access to thousands of PhD dissertations back to the 1960s.


America’s Historical Imprints Contains three component databases; all can be searched simultaneously. 1) American Broadsides and Ephemera, 1760-1900: fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 30,000 broadsides and ephemera. 2) Early American Imprints: Series I, 1639-1800: full text facsimile collection consisting of more than 37,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides. 3) Early American Imprints: Series II, 1801-1819: a continuation of Early American Imprints Series I. http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A


American Periodicals Series Online contains over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals. http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A


ARTstor http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#A is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Content ranges from prehistoric times to the present.


Early English Books Online 1437-1700 http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#E

A full text collection of early English books, containing over 100,000 titles listed in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, fine arts, education, math and science.


Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective, 1900-1984 http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#E Identifies articles within books and selected serials. Covers a wide array of subjects: classics, history, folklore, political science, religion and other topics.


Historical Los Angeles Times, 1881-1986 Complete full text online coverage.

Historical New York Times, 1851-2004 Complete full text online coverage of the NYT

Historical Chicago Defender 1905-1975. Full text African-American newspaper.

All three can be found at this link: http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#H  


Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective Covers 1200 scholarly journals from 1907-1983. Use it for finding coverage of worldwide events in the 20th Century. http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#H


IngentaConnect http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#I  provides subject searching for some 4 million articles from 11,000 journals in the social science, science and humanities dating back to the early 20th cent.


JSTOR Online Journal Archive http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#J  An archive of core scholarly full text journals going back to the 1800s. Contains selected journals in the social sciences and humanities.


Project Muse http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#P  Contains over 200 full text, scholarly, frequently used journals in the humanities and social sciences journals from the 1960s to date.


Readers’ Guide Retrospective http://www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref.html#R Covers popular magazines from 1890-1983. Good for finding popular coverage of historic events in the 20th Cent.


Free Full Text Historic Journal Databases on the Internet


There are two “Making of America” sites, one at Cornell and another at U. Michigan. Each contains different full text historic journals from the late 17th Century thru 1900.


Making of America, U. Michigan: http://moa.umdl.umich.edu/

Making of America, Cornell: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/

Internet Library of Early Journals: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/


Citing Historical Materials


Using Primary History Documents on the Web http://tinyurl.com/agj5tl

Citing Electronic Information in History Papers http://history.memphis.edu/mcrouse/elcite.html


Citation Software and Bibliographic Management through REFWORKS This is a web-based bibliography or citation manager. It allows you to create a personal database of references for research use and in writing papers. See here for info and workshops http://www.csulb.edu/library/refworks/


Google tips and techniques


·         To search for phrases, put your topic in quotation marks


Example nation of Georgia


·         To search for synonyms capitalize OR between each word and enclose in parenthesis


Example  (maps OR cartography OR charts OR atlases)


·         Combine to bet both concepts in a single search


Example  nation of Georgia” and (maps OR cartography OR charts OR atlases)


·         To get primary documents, try these techniques


Example  (“primary documents OR primary sources”) and “world war”

Example  “civil rights” and south and (documents OR sources)

Note: No need to put quotation marks around single word terms.


·         to find sites at types of domains: type in

site:edu (to find sites located at colleges, universities)

site:org (to find sites at nonprofit organizations)

site:gov (to find government sites, government documents)

site:ru (stands for Russia. Use two letter country codes for domains in a country.


·         See this link for two letter codes http://www.iana.org/cctld/cctld-whois.htm


Google Scholar to find wide array of scholarly journal articles. http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws


Google Books to find research snippets in scanned books http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en&tab=sp




U.S. Serial Set

·         From 1789-1838 called American State Papers & found at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsplink.html

·         From 1817-1931 the Serial Set is in microcard in the library lower level. From 1837-1917 selected Serial Set documents are on the internet at http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsslink.html

·         From 1932-1962  the Serial Set is in Lower Level MICROFICHE. Since 1963- the Serial Set can be found BOUND in STORAGE (Set vols 12532-14597).

·         CIS U.S. Serial Set Index (REF J74 C65) An index for finding early documents of the U.S. Congress, hearings, reports, and executive branch publications.


Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html Contains digitized early U.S. government documents from 1774-1885 including the American State Papers, early U.S. Serial Set vols, the Congressional Globe, and House & Senate Journals.