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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate and controversy and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
History (general) D
Great Britain DB
France DC
Germany DD
Former Republics of the Soviet Union DK
Asia DS
Africa DT
Oceania (South Seas) DU
The Americas. United States. E
United States Local. Canada. Latin America F
History of civilization CB
Biography CT

You also might try these reference books:

  • Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History: A five-volume set that provides overviews and articles on topics, arranged in alphabetical order Ref D 23 .B45 2005
  • Dictionary of American History: A 10-volume set that contains an overview of the major events in American History and that includes learning guides and an index Ref E 174 .D52 2003
  • The Middle Ages: A two-volume encyclopedia that covers events in Europe from 477 to 1453 Ref D 119 .G74 2005
  • The Renaissance: Two encyclopedic volumes that discusses events that took place between 1454 and 1600 in Europe Ref D 228 .G73 2005
  • The 17th Century: A two-volume set that provides entries on European history from 1601 to 1700 Ref D 246 .G68 2006
  • Africana: A five-volume set that offers information on the culture and history pertaining to the African Diaspora, including articles on the experience of African Americans Ref DT 14 .A37435 2005
  • Native American Tribes: Four encyclopedic volumes, divided geographically, that offer overviews of Native American culture along with profiles of major figures and events Ref E 77 .G15 1998
  • Civil Rights in the United States: A two-volume set that provides information on civil rights, including photographs, bibliographies after each entry, and an index Ref E 184 .A1 C47 2000
  • Encyclopedia of African History:: Three volumes of alphabetical entries on African history that are also arranged in a thematic list, including an index Ref DT 20 .E53 2005

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • The Oregon Encyclopedia: The history and culture of Oregon in a searchable database of articles.
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers: Newspapers from Coos County and through the state, pre-1923.
  • The History Place: Offers basic information on US and European history, including timelines, presidential portraits, and a collection of famous speeches
  • Country Studies: Provides governmental data on nations from around the world, including current information and historical overviews
  • Eyewitness to History: Provides eyewitness accounts of historical events from the ancient world to the twentieth century, along with photographs and an index
  • The History Net: Offers information from various history magazines and includes photo galleries and book reviews
  • The History Channel: Provides historical resources, such as timelines, maps, and encyclopedia articles
  • HyperHistory: Contains an interactive, synchronic timeline that can be organized by topic or events and includes maps and biographical lifelines
  • Guide to World War I documents: Offers links to digitized documents on the web that pertain to World War I and includes a bibliography, hosted by the Library of Congress
  • Avalon Project’s World War II Collection: Provides the text-version of significant and speeches documents from World War II and is maintained by Yale Law School
  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Provides lists of resources for history scholars, including links to articles or bibliographies, and is edited by a history professor at Fordham

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • OAH Newsletter 
  • Current History 
  • Pacific Northwest Quarterly
  • Coos County Historical Society Museum Newsletter
  • Oregon Historical Quarterly

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Mar 8, 2013 (Updated Feb 3, 2014)


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