HIST 402: Seminar - Introduction to Research


The resources below have been specifically chosen to aid in your research in History 402.  Be sure to ask a librarian if you need further assistance.

TOPCAT - Library Catalog

TOPCAT is the library's online catalog. An online catalog stores a record for each item a library owns. Search the online catalog to find out what a library has on a given topic, or to locate a work by title, by author, subject headings or keywords.

Subject Headings

Each item in TOPCAT is assigned one or more special terms, or subject headings that define what the item is about. When you search by subject all items sharing the same subject heading are retrieved. Using subject headings can be a very effective way of finding relevant items.

Some useful subject headings are:

Main subject headings

See also:

Reference Books

Reference books are located on the first floor of the library in the northwest corner. Reference books do not circulate.  This list includes only a few examples of the types of materials that are available related to this course.

Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian style guides
Chicago Manual of Style
A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations.
Bibliographies
Handbook for research in American history : a guide to bibliographies and other reference works.
Harvard guide to American history.
The American Historical Association's guide to historical literature.
Chronologies
Chronology of world history.
Timelines of world history .
New York Public Library book of chronologies .
Timelines : day by day and trend by trend from the dawn of the Atomic Age to the Gulf War.
United States – General
Encyclopedia of American studies
The Greenwood guide to American popular culture
The Oxford companion to United States history
The encyclopedia of American facts and dates
The American presidents
Reader's guide to American history
United States – History – Political
Encyclopedia of American political history : studies of the principal movements and ideas
Encyclopedia of U.S. foreign relations
A foreign policy for the United States
United States – History – Populations
Gale encyclopedia of multicultural America
The Hispanic American almanac : a reference work on Hispanics in the United States
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history
Black women in America : an historical encyclopedia

Unpublished Materials

Dissertation abstracts
Indexes over two million doctoral dissertations and master's theses as far back 1861.  OCLC
WorldCat
First Search provides access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles, including archival and dissertations/theses.  Tip: If searching for dissertations/theses, go to "advanced search", choose "material type" from the drop-down menu and use the keyword phrase "Thesis/dissertation".
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Archival and manuscript collections and individual manuscripts in public, college and university, and special libraries located throughout North America and around the world. Access to this gateway is made available courtesy of OCLC, Inc.

ebrary e-Books

Ebrary is an internet-based electronic library  collection which provides access to the full text of scholarly, reference, and  professional books in digital format.  E-books are digitally reproduced in  their entirety.  Search using any of the subject headings that are used in  the above TOPCAT list.

Articles and Select Periodicals

Articles and Reports

To find articles in journals and other periodicals about United States history since 1945, consult the history databases.

Select Periodicals

The Journal of American history
Leading scholarly publication in American history published by the Organization of American Historians.
Journal Of Womens History
First journal devoted exclusively to the international field of women's history.
Newsweek
New York Times
Public Historian
The Public Historian has made its mark as the definitive voice of the public history profession, providing historians with the latest scholarship and applications from the field.
Time
U.S. News & World Report
Wisconsin Magazine Of History
Quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Historical Society that features articles about the people, places and events of Wisconsin's past.

Web Resources

HIST 402: Seminar - Introduction to Research Resources

American Memory Project

The Library of Congress provides access to digitized historical documents, photographs, sound recordings, moving pictures, books, pamphlets, maps and other resources that document the American experience. It also includes materials for teachers who want

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Library of Congress
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

American Presidency Project

Searchable database containing : The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913) The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-1993) The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Clinton - G.W. Bush (1993-2007)

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Avalon Project - Middle East documents, 1916 - present

A project of the Yale law School, this website features the text from historical documents from pre-18th century to the present across the world. Documents are searchable by century, by collection, and by keyword.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Yale Law School
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Children in Urban America

An online archive funded by Marquette University and the National Endowment for the Humanities that shows the many ways children experienced city life during the last century and a half.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Marquette University
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Cold War International History Project

Disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Congress.gov

A comprehensive resource maintained by the Library of Congress that provides public access to federal legislative information. Using this site, you may research various aspects of the Legislature including: bills, resolutions, the congressional record, current congressional activity, committee reports, schedules/calendars, presidential nominations, treaties, and more.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Library of Congress
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Greensboro Sit-ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

Web site devoted to the story of the Greensboro, NC civil rights sit in.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: NRInteractive
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Marquette University Archives

Includes a Native America collection, J.R.R. Tolkien collection, and a rare book collection.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Marquette University
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The King Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate's life and the movements he inspired.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Stanford University
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Milwaukee County Historical Society Research Library

The Research Library of the Milwaukee County Historical Society has a wide variety of information about the history of the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Milwaukee County Historical Society
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Archives

Find articles dating from 1887-2007. Covers newspapers Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Journal Sentinel Inc.
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Milwaukee Public Library Special Collections

Links to the special collections at the Milwaukee Public Library

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  • Provided by: Milwaukee Public Library
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Oh Freedom Over Me (Freedom Summer)

Radio interviews about the Southern Civil Rights movement.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: American Public Radio
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Presidential Libraries

The Presidential Library system is composed of twelve Presidential Libraries. These facilities are overseen by the Office of Presidential Libraries, in the National Archives and Records Administration.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: United States National Archives and Records Administration
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive

Unique collection of material on U.S. public policy. Includes secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American go

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Miller Center of Public Affairs - University of Virginia
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archives

Significant individual collections include the WTMJ-TV news film collection (1950-1980), the Roman B.J. Kwasniewski photograph collection documenting Milwaukee's Polish south side from 1911 to 1947, the records of Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier, and the edit

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Vietnam Center and Archive

Contains over 2.7 million pages of scanned materials related to the Vietnam War.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Texas Tech University
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Wisconsin Historical Society

Contains online collections pertaining to Wisconsin history.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web

Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles

Find thousands of historical newspaper articles on Wisconsin people and communities.

  • Content Type: Full Text
  • Provided by: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Resource Type: World Wide Web