The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias with short, well-written overview essays. These essays can be helpful in defining and focusing a topic. They generally have bibliographies which include important authors who have published on the subject. To discover encyclopedias with essays on your topic, go to the catalog, select Articles & more, type keywords which describe your topic into the searchbox and select the format facet Reference on the results screen (see screenshot below) or browse the selected titles listed below.
Falvey Library Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. The Library's catalog has a number of different search options: keyword
searches are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets
, which appear to the right of the results. Topic
, and language
are helpful facets.
Sample searches: WorldCat (OCLC)
Author: Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Subject: United States - History - 1961-1969
Subject: Vietnam War - 1961-1975 - Protest movements
Subject: Indian activists
Books that are not owned by the Library can be found via WorldCat
is an online catalog that includes the collections of most U.S. libraries as well as a large number of libraries abroad. Titles owned by Falvey Memorial Library
are tagged, those not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan
with the Borrow from another library
uses the same Library of Congress subjects
as the Library's catalog. The Export
feature makes it possible to download selected references into a RefWorks
account.E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary LoanInterlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.
America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Search the contents of academic journals, historical magazines and dissertations. This database indexes articles on U.S. and Canadian history published in academic journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Cold War History, Journal of Military History, Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics & Culture,
the Radical History Review, American Indian Culture & Research
, and the American Indian Quarterly
to name but a few. The FindIt
button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. Article citations can be downloaded in Chicago Style
or exported to RefWorks
.Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
This database indexes scholarly world history journals (excluding the United States and Canada). Journals indexed include the Journal of Asian Studies
, Diplomatic History, Pacific Historical Review
, the International Review of Social History
, the Journal of Military History
, and many more. Search results can be limited to English language only. Citations can be downloaded in Chicago Style
or exported to RefWorks
.Articles & More Search
This page enables you to search millions of full text articles and other electronic resources available through Falvey Memorial Library
. While results may be fuzzy and overwhelming, Articles & More
is easy to use and can be helpful as long as results are limited to peer-reviewed
Falvey Library Catalog
Discover primary sources published in books with the help of the library's catalog. Add keywords such as diaries
, "personal narratives,"
or any other term that describes a type of primary source.Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)
Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.Washington Post Historical: 1877-1996 (ProQuest)
The historical Washington Post
offers full-text searching of every available issue of the Washington Post
and Washington Post/Times-Herald
title variations, from 1877 -1996.Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines.U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.OpinionArchives
Electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of over 740 years of archives including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review
and The New York Review of Books
.Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Indexes over 200 journals from the alternative, radical and left presses, newspapers and magazines covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Includes selected abstracts from research journals. Includes such titles as Earth First!
, Green Horizon
, Peace Review
, New Solutions
, and Co-op America Quarterly
.Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
A comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.CQ Electronic Library (SAGE)
Combines many Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Access is provided to Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972 -), Political Handbook of the World, Supreme Court Yearbook (1989 -), Vital Statistics on American Politics and the Washington Information Directory, and more.
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