OskiCat, Melvyl, HathiTrust, Google Books, and Dissertation Abstracts
Using databases to find secondary sources and accessing full-text content
Using the catalog to find primary sources, locating archival collections outside of our libraries, and accessing our microfilm collection
Using Bancroft and the finding aids for the collections
Citing with Chicago Manual of Style and bibliographic managers you can use
General Library information including how to schedule a consultation with me
This guide is intended to provide resources and search strategies specific to your section of History 101. For the best results, you should use both of these guides.
Chinese in California, 1850-1925 Illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials.
Making of America (Cornell University) Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles from 22 journals with 19th century imprints. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon the primary materials at these two institutions. The Michigan site is available at: http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/
Making of America (University of Michigan) Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon unique primary materials held at each institution. The Cornell site is available at: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/index.html
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. C19 Index draws on the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
American Periodicals Periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including general interest magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and other periodicals. Among the titles include: Massachusetts Magazine, Pennsylvania Magazine, National Era, Southern Literary Messenger, Scribner's, Lippincott's, Ladies' Home Journal and McClure's.
Specialized Article Databases
PAIS International Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide. Includes publications from over 120 countries. Some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Archive covers English-language material only.
Sociological Abstracts Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development.
Chicano Database Indexes materials about Mexican-American topics since 1967, and materials about other Latino cultures (Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants) since 1992. Coverage includes art, language, sociology, public policy, economics, history, literature, politics, and law.
HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) Indexes books, journals, conference proceedings, and official documents on Hispanic America (North, Central, and South), Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.
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.
California & Historic Newspapers
Please Note: A librarian at Bowling Green University has compiled a guide that, according to her, lists all publicly accessible digitized historical newspapers. This is new, so I haven't had a chance to explore it, but it looks like it might be very useful for some of you.
In News/Micro you will find microfilm of many California newspapers. Few of them are indexed so you should prepare before your visit a list of dates of issues that you want to look at.
The San Francisco Chronicle is available full text online only up to 1922. Indexes for other years are available in News/Micro:
1913-1949 San Francisco Newspapers Index (Also see Microfiche 10904 Guide) MICROFICHE 10904 NEWS/MICRO 1950-1980 San Francisco Newspapers Index MICROFICHE 10503 NEWS/MICRO July 1970-Sept 1975 California News Index AJ3.C16 NEWS/MICRO 1976- present San Francisco Chronicle Index AJ21. S25. N4 NEWS/MICRO
California Digital Newspaper Collection Offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-1911: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907. Additional years are forthcoming, as are other early California newspapers: the Californian; the California Star; the California Star and Californian; the Sacramento Transcript; the Placer Times; and the Pacific Rural Press.
Access World News Limit your search to California newspapers by selecting the state from the list of locations. Another option is to choose a specific publication from the Source List tab. The source list also shows the years of coverage for each publication.
LexisNexis Academic Limit your search to California newspapers by choosing the News option on the left of the screen, then choose All News. FUnder "Select Source" choose US Newspapers & Wires. Under "Article Location" choose US State and limit to California. When your results are displayed, there is an option on the left to see results only from Newspapers and from specific California news publications.
Ethnic News Watch Fewer publications are indexed in this resource than in the others listed here, but coverage goes back further, in some cases to the mid-1960s. The advance search allows you to limit by location of interest.
New American Media A national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Includes news coverage from ethnic news outlets throughout the country. Scroll down the page until you find the link to Archives on the left.
Chronicling America This site allows users to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. To date, over 200,000 pages of California newspapers have been digitized. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
19th Century U.S. Newspapers Images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.
When you search OskiCat or Melvyl for books and reports on public policy issues, you may find that many of your search results are located in the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library in Moses Hall. The IGS library is a specialized library that focuses on California's governmental history and public policy, collecting materials like reports (governmental and non-governmental), campaign literature, local newspaper clippings, and more. Many of their items that you find in OskiCat are located on the web; click the title in your search results to see the link to the online version.
The IGS Library's website is a great source for information on recent and past California ballot measures and public policy issues, but sometimes the OskiCat information about IGS materials can be confusing. Here's an example:
What is this? It's an article called "Tyranny of the Majority" from the San Francisco Bay Guardian (San Francisco's free alternative weekly paper), from 2008. Usually, you won't find newspaper articles in OskiCat, because OskiCat only contains information about entire runs of magazines and newspapers (not about the specific articles published in those sources). But the IGS library maintains a collection of clippings from local newspapers, and they index each clipping individually and put that information into OskiCat.
How do you find the full article? You can do it two ways:
Go to the IGS library and ask to look at the clipping of the article (its call number is fA0257, v. 43, no. 9).
Google "san francisco bay guardian archives" and find the article online in the list of back issues (their archive is free on the web back to 2006).
You can also search OskiCat again with the title of the newspaper or magazine that the article appeared in, to see if we have a subscription. Or, just ask a librarian!