HIST 101: Research Seminar: Hirshberg

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"It's all free on the Internet, right?"  "Why should I go through the library's website to find sources for my paper?" 

The Web is a great source for free, publicly available information, but not for thousands of electronic books, journal articles, and scholarly resources that are available only to the campus community.  Resources like Lexis-Nexis, Web of Science, Academic Search Complete, and ARTstor are "invisible" to Google.  You will not see results from these databases in the results of a Google search.*

Through the Library website, you can access hundreds of different licensed databases containing journal articles, electronic books, maps, images, government and legal information, current and historical newspapers, digitized primary sources, and more. 

Want to find out more? Get started exploring the Library's electronic resources, or find out how to get access to licensed resources from off-campus.

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History Databases

  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Articles covered were written from 1954 to the present.
  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
    Citations to more than 1.3 million articles in over 1,200 periodicals in scholarly journals published throughout the 20th century in North America and Europe.
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
    Lists books, articles in books, articles in some 700 journals; covers historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online from 2002 to 2009. To access database, click on Enter databases, then click on Bibliography of British and Irish History.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
    Over 500,000 citations to journal articles, books, and conference proceedings worldwide on the countries, histories, and cultures of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

pop culture online sources

Ad Access Project:  Images and information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

Online Archive of California (OAC) Contains over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections from a variety of California museums, historical societies, and archives.

Readers' Guide Retrospective Indexes more than 500 popular American magazines and journals from 1890 to 1982-- not full text.

Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives Includes 70,000 pages of letters, diaries, and oral histories; more than 30,000 pages of posters, broadsides, pamphlets, advertisements, and rare audio and video materials.

 

Secondary Sources

Use a database efficiently

Databases allow you to search for articles by subjects, words in the text, authors, and more.  Use the UC e-links  button to find the article in full text or to search Melvyl for the print copy or to request it from another library.

Searching principles:

  • Start with just one or two search words
  • Look for specialized terminology – thesaurus, descriptors, subject headings-- you can use to target your searching
  • If you get too many results, add additional search words or use more specific words
  • If you get too few hits, use fewer terms or use more general terminology
  • Save relevant citations and email them to yourself, always
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    Indexes over 1,000 of the leading arts and humanities journals, and provides searching of footnoted citations. Use the link above, then under Current Limits, specify Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
  • JSTOR
    The Nordstrom's of secondary source databases, not just history, but all disciplines.

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

Before you can access Library resources from off campus make sure you have configured your computer with proxy server settings.

After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

Last Update: December 20, 2012 12:07