HIST 201: Modern American History //
This is a guide on how to begin research related to HIST 201, using selected print and electronic resources in the Greenfield Library at the University of the Arts. Use it as a jumping-off point in your research. Once you have found names, places, titles, etc., you can consult many additional sources not listed in this guide. Send any questions about this topic to Sara MacDonald, Reference Librarian, SMacDonald@uarts.edu.
You may also be interested in LASS 934: 1968.
The following titles are reference books and are a great place to get started. Use them especially for bibliographies.
Lorraine Glennon., editor in chief. Turner Pub., c1995.
REF D422 .O89 1995
Paul Finkelman, editor. Routledge, c2006.
REF E169.1 .S764 2000 v. 1-5
Great for issues such as Communism.
Robert Cole, editor. Sharpe Reference, 1998.
REF HM263 .E53 1998 v. 1-3
Good brief articles with bibliographies.
Buhle et al. Oxford University Press, 1998.
REF HX86 .E58 1998
Useful for political parties and movements. Focus is on the U.S.
Ronald Gottesman, editor in chief. Scribner, 1999- .
REF HN90.V5 V5474 1999 v. 1-3
See the index in Volume 3. Contains entries on Cold War, Communism, censorship, Central Intelligence Agency, World War I and II,
Finding books: searching the library catalog
One way to get started in the catalog is to do a keyword search. For example:
This yields a lot of results, but click on a few titles to see the complete record. You'll see subject headings such as :
- Cold War--Diplomatic history
- United States--Foreign relations
- United States--Foreign relations--20th century
Start with a keyword search (keep it brief) and then look for subject headings or other terms to narrow down your search and increase relevancy. Here are some possible subject headings to get you thinking about your topic.
COLD WAR--SOCIAL ASPECTS
COLD WAR--SOCIAL ASPECTS--UNITED STATES
GERMANY--POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT--1918-1933
GERMANY--POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT--1933-1945
MANHATTAN PROJECT (U.S.)
MASS MEDIA AND PROPAGANDA
POPULAR MUSIC--POLITICAL ASPECTS
PROTEST MOVEMENTS--UNITED STATES--HISTORY
SOCIAL CHANGE--UNITED STATES--HISTORY
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS--UNITED STATES--HISTORY
UNITED STATES. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
UNITED STATES--FOREIGN RELATIONS--20TH CENTURY
UNITED STATES--FOREIGN RELATIONS--1933-1945
UNITED STATES--FOREIGN RELATIONS--1945-1953
UNITED STATES--FOREIGN RELATIONS--SOVIET UNION
UNITED STATES--POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT--1933-1945
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS--20TH CENTURY
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS--1918-1932
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS--1933-1945
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS--1960-
WORLD WAR, 1914-1918
WORLD WAR, 1939-1945
Magazine and journal articles will always be the best place to look for current information on your topic. Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in journals and magazines.
Search advice: start with a simple search - just a couple words - and see if you need to narrow or broaden it.
Go to the library's Article Databases and Indexes page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases.
I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation in the index:
- See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
- Check to see if our library holds the journal title. Look up the journal title or the ISSN*** in the catalog and look at the holdings.
- ***What is an ISSN? ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number and is a unique number for a magazine or journal (not individual articles, but the magazine/journal title itself). You can use it in the UArts Libraries catalog and in many periodical indexes and databases. Searching with a number is much more precise than typing out a long title.
- Use WorldCat to make interlibrary loan requests for materials not owned by the UArts Libraries. Please ask staff if you have questions.
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