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HIS 321: 19th Century Europe

Spring 2011
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7572.

Jeff Jenson
Glenn Kranking

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Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.

See also: Library of Congress Classification System

  • 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
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000
    New York: Scribner 2001
    6 vols. Offers substantial, well-documented survey essays on topics such as social change, urban and rural life, gender, popular culture, religion, and everyday life.
    • Location(s): Ref HN373 .E63 2001
  • Nineteenth-century European Art : A Topical Dictionary
    This alphabetically arranged topical dictionary, containing approximately 750 entries, is a selective survey "of the major art movements, works of art (notably in painting and sculpture), art themes, people, and events of the period from 1789 to 1914." It also covers European historical developments that "impinged on the art community." The author, a professor of art history, has produced a highly readable text for college and university students. Entries range in length from a sentence (calligraphic line, eclecticism, engraving) to two pages (music, theme of; Renoir, Pierre-Auguste). Each entry on a work of art contains its date and current location, a description of the work, and the context in which it was created. Asterisks are used to direct readers to other related entries in the dictionary, and there are numerous see references. Following entries in which specific artists, artworks, or art movements are mentioned, examples of artworks are given, with sources, set off in parentheses, where pertinent illustrations can be found. These references are specific and detailed, employing either page number, figure number, or color plate number, depending upon which designation is used in the source work. An approximately 125-entry bibliography and a detailed index conclude the volume. More specific and narrower in scope than the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Art [RBB O 1 97], this succinctly written, cleanly laid out dictionary gives concise information, clear definitions, and precise, useful references for in-depth research. [from Booklist]
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe
    Written by an international team of leading scholars, The Oxford History of Modern Europe traces Europe's turbulent history, from the beginnings of the Revolution in France to the dawn of two World Wars, to the breakup of the Soviet Union, to today's kaleidoscope of nation-states. The achievements and failures of key figures from many arenas--politics, technology, warfare, religion, and the arts among them--are drawn vividly, and social, cultural, and economic insights are included alongside the record of geopolitical strife.
  • The Oxford Companion to Irish History
    Offers a comprehensive and authoritative guide to all aspects of Ireland's past from earliest times to the present day. There is coverage not only of leading political figures, organizations, and events but also of subjects such as dress, music, sport, and diet. Traditional topics such as the rebellion of 1798 and the Irish Civil War sit alongside entries on newly developing areas such as women's history and popular culture.
  • Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain, 1700-1988
    The Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain, 1700-1988 fills the need for a comprehensive reference and summarizes the work of a new generation of Spanish research. It is unique in its wealth of detail from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth and in offering, on some topics, the only thorough discussion available in English. Kern has included six major areas of Spanish history in this volume: political, governmental, diplomatic, institutional, cultural, social, and military. Several maps, illustrations and tables enhance the entries prepared by some seventy scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Spain, and Latin America. From the War of Spanish Succession to the role of Juan Carlos, the Dictionary features the latest historiographic interpretations and data. The alphabetical listings are cross-referenced to related topics and a timeline is provided to establish basic chronology. The bibliography includes the more important works on the period since 1700.
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • 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
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • 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 2:00 - 10:00
  • Off-Campus Access
    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.
Contacting Jeff
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to talk about your research. I can suggest additional sources or advanced search techniques and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. My office is located in the College and Lutheran Church Archives. Email Jeff at or call x7572.

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