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HI 427: The Age of FDR, 1932-1945

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Search multiple databases to find secondary sources -- scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations.

Specific Databases

Political Science Complete

Journal of American History If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Full Text Finder link to locate the full text in another database.

Use Journal Finder if you have a citation and need to find the full text journal.

Find Books

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If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.

Browse Library Collection

Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Alan Brinkley
  • E806    New Deal
  • E807    Franklin D. Roosevelt

Use Subject Headings

Use Keywords

  • great depression or depressions
  • franklin roosevelt
  • new deal
  • world war ii or world war, 1939-1945
  • farm security administration
  • civilian conservation corps
  • federal writers project
  • home front
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Find Encyclopedias

Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works can provide good background information on your topic.

Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History

Use Reference Universe to search for other reference material in the library's collection.

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Find Primary Sources

Primary Sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred.

1. Search the Library Catalog to find primary sources in the SMC Library or WorldCat to find primary sources at another library. Type in keywords from your topic and any of the following terms.

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • speeches
  • manuscripts
  • notebooks
  • autobiography
  • description and travel
  • case studies
  • interviews
  • statistics
  • songs and music

Example Library Catalog Search:


Limit your searches with the date range 1932-1945.

Historical Newspapers
Provides access to New York Times and Washington Post from the 1850's to the 1980's.

Reader's Guide Retrospective
Search general interest/popular magazines and journals from 1890-1982. Index only.

American Periodicals
Full text articles from general interest/popular magazines and journals up to the 1940's.

Magazines in Google Books
Search full text magazines like Life Magazine. After you run a search, click on the Search Tools button to refine your search to only magazines and select a custom date range.

Government Documents

Congressional Record
Record of the proceedings of Congress.  See overview of the Congressional Record.

Selected Digital Collections

American Presidency Project
Searchable archives of presidential documents sponsored by University of California, Santa Barbara.  The archives includes The Public Papers of the Presidents from 1789-1913 and 1929-present and has a media archives.  Use the search on the left-hand side to find documents during Roosevelt's presidency from 1939-1945.  His fireside chats are also included here.

Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Univ. Michigan)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Search FRANKLIN for digitized documents and photographs. Check out FDR's Calendar.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Primary documents in American History from the Library of Congress.

New Deal Network (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)
Search the New Deal document library and photo gallery.

From the Home Front and the Front Lines (Library of Congress)
Includes original materials and oral histories on World War II from the Veterans History Project collections.

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Search or browse the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) on selected topics to find digital images. Other search interfaces available include Access to Archival Databases and the Online Public Access Catalog.

Find other digital collections by doing a Google search on your terms paired with digital collection or oral history. You can also restrict your searches by using the Google Advanced search and limiting to the .edu, .org, or .gov domains. 

Google Search Example: great depression digital collection site:gov


Over 5000 documentary films

Internet Archive: Universal Newsreels
Newsreels produced from 1929-1967 by Universal City Studios

Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information Black and White Photographs
Search thousands of images from the FSA. See also Color Photograph Collection.

LIFE Photo Archives
Search millions of photographs from LIFE magazine.

U.S. Presidential Audio Recordings
Sound samples of presidents from Michigan State University's Vincent Voice Library.

World War II Poster Collection (Northwestern Univ.)
300 posters issued by U.S. Federal Agencies during World War II.

Vital Speeches of the Day
Click on search within this publication and add a person's name to the search. (i.e. Franklin Roosevelt search)

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Evaluating Sources

Consider the following factors when evaluating your sources.

Currency - Is the timeliness of the information appropriate? Check the publication date of the website, book, or article. Date may not be an issue with historical topics unless you are looking for primary sources.

Relevance - Does the information fit your assignment/research question? Look at abstract, table of contents, introduction, cited references, and index to determine relevance. Is it a popular or scholarly source?

Authority - Who is taking responsibility for the source?--subject specialist, news reporter, organization. Where did they obtain their information? Is a bibliography or reference list provided? Look at author credentials, about us links on websites, etc.

Accuracy - Never rely on one source. Compare facts with additional sources.

Purpose - What is the intent of the article/author?--to persuade, to inform, to influence your opinion.


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