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Information Resources and Services for:
FTS 100: The Manhattan Project

Fall 2011
The Library

Welcome to the Library! The Library provides many services to you: study space, computer labs, personalized research assistance and, of course, access to countless books, articles, and other information sources. You'll get to know the Library very well over the course of your four years at Gustavus. There's a lot to learn about library research - we'll build a solid foundation in FTS, focusing on research skills that you'll use for your college career and beyond!


Asking for Help

Above all else, never be afraid to ask for help in the Library. We're here to help you find the best sources for your papers and projects, help you navigate any snags you encounter, and answer any questions you have about research & library resources. Stop by the Reference Desk (located near the eclassroom on the main floor) to talk with a librarian - that's why we're here! Use this course page to identify particular resources of use to your research in this class. You are always welcome to contact Julie directly with any questions - my contact information is at the bottom of this page. Good luck and have fun!

Personnel:
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu
Chris Gilbert cgilbert@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are great resources to consult at various points during your research. They provide you with background information, help you brainstorm search terms, clarify topics, and often offer lists of recommended reading. All Reference Books are shelved on the main (second) floor of the Library on the Arb side of the building.
  • Biographical Sources
    • American National Biography
      New York: Oxford University Press 1999
      Offers over 17,000 scholarly biographical sketches of significant Americans who died before 1996. The definitive source for American biography.
      • Location(s): Ref CT 213 .A68 1999 (24 vols + suppl)
    • Current Biography
      Contains biographical profiles of prominent people, with bibliographies for further research. Cumulative indexes span 10 years at a time.
      • Location(s): Ref CT 100 .C97
      1940 -
    • Dictionary of Scientific Biography
      New York: Scribner 1970-80, with supplements
      Offers long profiles of important scientists, from early times to modern, with consideration both of their lives and technical aspects of their work. Each biography is followed by a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
      • Location(s): Ref Q 141 .D5, 18 vols.
    • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
      The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
      1851-4 years ago
  • Science Sources
    • Dictionary of Physics (Macmillan)
      London: Macmillan 2004
      A technical encyclopedia with many brief articles that define terms and explain concepts. Includes some longer review articles. Intended for a fairly specialized audience, this work is based on an updated version of the German Lexicon der Physik.
      • Location(s): Ref QC 5 .D538 2004, 4 vols.
    • Dictionary of Physics (Oxford)
      Oxford UP 2000 4th edition
      Defines thousands of terms and offers longer entries on important topics. Also provides brief biographical entries.
    • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
      New York: McGraw-Hill 2007
      Covers topics in the sciences in detail, giving technical discussions fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.
      • Location(s): Ref Q 121 .M3 2007, 20 vols.
  • U.S. History
    • American Decades
      Detroit: Gale Research 1994
      Presents social and cultural history in ten-year periods, covering the arts, business, fashion, law, medicine, religion, and more.
      • Location(s): Ref E 169.12 .A419 1994 (10 vols.)
    • Dictionary of American History
      New York: Scribner's 2003 3rd ed. edition
      An encyclopedia of political, cultural, social, economic, and military history in the United States. The ninth volume contains historical maps and primary documents.
      • Location(s): Ref E 174 .D52 2003 (9 vols.)
    • Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
      New York: Scribner's 2001
      Provides in-depth articles on American thought and culture. Topics covered include historical approaches, cultural groups, major cultural regions, and political thought.
      • Location(s): Ref E 169 .E624 2001 (3 vols.)
Finding Books
Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize our books. You'll need a book's call number to locate it on the shelves; search the MnPALS catalog to find call numbers for books. There are various signs around the library to direct you to the right place, including on the sides of shelves and the directory across from the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title. Use the yellow FindIt! button in any of the databases to locate other full text copies of the article. The FindIt! button will tell you if the article is available online through another database, in print in the library (located on first floor), or if you'll need to order the article through Interlibrary Loan. For Interlibrary Loan you'll need your 14 digit barcode (on your 3 Crowns Card) and your password (your last name).
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
    The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
    1851-4 years ago
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
    1997-present
Websites
  • The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II
    A "National Security Archive Briefing Book" from George Washington University, where primary sources for controversial government affairs are collected, often through use of the Freedom of Information Act
Useful Library Resources
Need an article that Gustavus doesn't own? Wondering how to cite your sources? Need a refresher on evaluating websites? Check out these resources!
  • Interlibrary Loan
    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk
    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
Contacting Julie
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at jgilber2@gustavus.edu or call x7552.

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