|Search multiple databases including America: History & Life and JSTOR to find secondary sources -- scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations.|
|If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Check for Full Text 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.
Search the SMC Library Catalog:
If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.
Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works can provide good background information on your topic.
Use Reference Universe to search for other reference material in the library's collection.back to top
Primary Sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred.
Example Library Catalog Search:
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.
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.
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.
Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and at Home (Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City)
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
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.
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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