In order to understand what was going on in the world in a given year, you might find these resources useful for background.
- 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.
- ProQuest Newsstand
Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Note, unlike the New York Times database above, this one does not include any graphics or views of where stories were on a page, so it provides a little less contextual information.
- Chronology of World History
Year-by-year world coverage of politics, science, the arts, and society in four volumes. Use the most recent volume for events occurring before the publication date (1999).
Location(s): Ref D11 .M39 1999 (4 vols.)
- American Decades
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.)
- good sources for basic background on a variety of topics
- Encyclopedia of Human Rights
This five volume encyclopedia offers helpful articles on people, organizations, situations around the world, and specific rights, focusing particularly on 1945 to present with some material relating to selected events before the UN Charter.
Location(s): Ref JC 571 .E673 2009
- Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
Offers in depth articles on over 500 topics related to GLBT history, including events, communities, individuals, professions, legal issues, and topics such as "coming out," "closet," and "gay liberation."
Location(s): Ref HQ 76.3 .U5 E53 2004
- International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
A massive encyclopedia of social sciences topics, with each article written by an expert. This source may provide scholarly information about human rights issues or on social movements.
Location(s): Ref H 40 .A2 I5 2008 (9 vols)
- Magill's Medical Guide
In this six-volume set you will find accessible articles that go beyond dictionary definitions on diseases and disorders, important topics related to physiology and anatomy, as well as common medical practices and procedures.
Location(s): Ref RC 41 .M34 2011
Finding Scholarly Articles
- New Encyclopedia of Africa
Covers the peoples, civilizations, and history of Africa. Articles cover countries, individuals, ethnic groups, and many topics such as African art, transportation, gender, ecosystems, symbolism, and religion.
Location(s): Ref DT2 .N48 2008
Once you have an idea of what topic you want to focus on, seek out scholarly articles using one of these databases. In some cases, the articles will be available in full text. If there is no full-text link, click on the yellow "find it!" button and see if it's available in another database. If not, there is a handy ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button that makes it easy to request a digital copy of the article.How can you tell if an article is scholarly? Scholarly articles tend to be several pages long, are written by a scientist or researcher, and have a list of references. Note that the list of references may point you toward other useful scholarly articles. Scan through them, and if you see an article that looks promising, see if you can locate it by searching for the journal using our list of journals by title.
- Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database.
- To limit your search to scholarly articles ...
...be sure to click on the limiter for "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals."
- CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing)
Provides indexing for over 3,800 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health dating back to 1937; includes full text for more than 750 of those journals. Also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets.
- Google Scholar
This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
- SAGE Premier
Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier.
The primary source for scholarly information in the health sciences. This database is provided by the National Library of Medicine and indexes scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Many links to full text are included for articles older than six months. Most of this database may also be searched in the ProQuest interface as MEDLINE.
- Finding free full text medical articles in PubMed
PubMed is huge, so it's a good idea to limit your search to articles you can get for free right away. To do this, click on "limit" on the toolbar, then look for the "free full text" option down the page on the left.
These links will take you to places where you can search for images. You might also find interesting images to go with a time period searching print magazines from the time period such as Time and Newsweek, shelved on the lower level alphabetically by title.
- American Memory
A database containing full text documents, spoken word and sound recordings, still and moving images, maps, and sheet music as a digital record of American history and creativity. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
- Flickr: Creative Commons
User-uploaded images in Flickr that are available under a Creative Commons license for general use.
- Flickr: The Commons
This section of the popular photo-sharing site is populated with images from libraries and museums that have no known copyright restrictions. It's a great resource for historical images.
- Google Books
Of particular interest for this class will be the digitized magazines. For example, many years' worth of The Advoacate magazine have been scanned and can be browsed online. The images in the articles and advertisements may be helpful for your presentations.
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