[University of South Alabama]

Mobile History

Selected Resources

SOUTHcat Plus: http://library.southalabama.edu

February 2006
(251) 460-7025

The following is a basic list of library materials. Please consult a reference librarian for assistance in using these materials or in locating additional information. You may contact us at webref@jaguar1.usouthal.edu or at the telephone number listed above.

USA Libraries' Catalog (SOUTHcat)

The catalog contains records for books, journals (not articles), videos, cds, dvds and government documents available in this library.


Over 11,000 subscribed, full-text online books. Access through the catalog or directly. Create a login and password the first time you enter so you can "check-out" books to read online.

History E-Book Project

Access to over 1100 books for historical studies. University Library homepage > Electronic Books.

Key Indexes

Expanded Academic ASAP. (Gale/InfoTrac) Many full-text. Includes book reviews. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.

Academic Search Premier. (EBSCO) Many full-text. Includes book reviews. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.

JSTOR --This is a collection of full-text journals which are usually at least 3 to 5 years old, but often extend back many years. For remote access, must go through University Library homepage and proxy server to be recognized as a USA user. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link. The journals may be searched separately or as a group. Some relevant journals in JSTOR are:

American Quarterly 1949-1995
Eighteenth-Century Studies 1967-1995
Journal of American History 1964-2000
Mississippi Valley Historical Review 1914-1964
Journal of Economic History 1941-2000
Journal of Military History 1989-2002
Journal of Modern History 1929-2000
Journal of Southern History 1935-2000
Journal of the History of Ideas 1940-1995
Reviews in American History 1973-1995
William and Mary Quarterly 1892-2000
African American Review Vols. 1-30, 1967-2002
Callaloo 1976-1994
Journal of African American History 2002
Journal of Black Studies Vols. 1-27 (Issue 2), 1970-2002
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 1993-2003
Journal of Negro Education 1932-1998
Journal of Negro History Vols. 1-81, 1916-1996
Transition 1961-1999
American Historical Review 1895-1999

Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982. ". . . comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America." University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.

Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations. USA theses submitted in pdf format available at no charge. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.

ArticleFirst. No full-text. Through FirstSearch. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.

History Reference Center. (EBSCO) Includes full text for 60 history periodicals, full text for more than 1000 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books and includes historic documents, biographies of historical figures, photos and maps. University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link.


Mobile Register. (1992+ [missing 10/01-1/03] at University Library homepage > Articles, Indexes, Databases link) and Microfilm by title and date in cabinets on 2nd Floor South.

Alabama Journal/Montgomery Advertiser. Microfilm

Birmingham News. Serials and microfilm. A microfiche index to the Birmingham News/Post Herald (1978-1993) is located in Reference--Microfiche Cabinet. Birmingham News Archives Online at http://www.bhamnews.com/archive_home.html indexes article from 1993 to the present


Note: Often the library will have more than one copy of a book and the copies will be available at different locations. The different locations are clearly indicated on SOUTHcat, but on this list a slash (/) will separate the different locations. [The Alabama & Gulf Coast Collections are kept behind the Circulation Desk in the Atrium of the University Library.]

Alabama: A Bicentennial History. Archives/Alabama & Gulf Coast F 326 .H26
Alabama: A Documentary History to 1900. Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast/Reference F 326 .G88 1972
Alabama Catalog: Historic American Buildings Survey. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives/Reference NA 730 .A2 G35 1987
Alabama Encyclopedia. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Reference F 324 .A37
Alabama in the Twentieth Century. Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 326 .F754 2004
Archaeology at the French Colonial Site of Old Mobile. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 329 .W47 1991
Carnival, American Style. Alabama & Gulf Coast GT 4211 .N4 K56 1990
Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 326 .F71
Colonial Mobile. Archives/Alabama & Gulf Coast F 334 .M6 H18 1976
Cotton City: Urban Development in Antebellum Mobile. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives HC 108 .M8 A66 1985
From Fort to Port. An Architectural History of Mobile, Alabama, 1711-1918.
Bookstacks/Reference/Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives NA 735 .M62 G68
Know Alabama. Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast F 326 .096
Mobile Alabama in the 1880's. Alabama & Gulf Coast F 334 .M6 B474
Mine, Mill & Microchip: A Chronicle of Alabama Enterprise. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives HC 107 .A4 F57 1987
Mobile: American River City. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 334 .M6 T46
Mobile: City By the Bay. Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 334 .M6 H48
Mobile: History of a Seaport Town. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 334 .M6 S85 1978
Mobile, the Life and Times of a Great Southern City. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives/Ready Ref. F 334 .M6 M4
Nineteenth Century Mobile Architecture. Ready Ref./Archives F 334 .M6
Old Mobile Archaeology. Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F 334 .M6 W37 1999.
Old Mobile: Fort Louis de la Louisiana, 1702-1711. Alabama & Gulf Coast F334 .M6 H482.
Remember Mobile. Alabama & Gulf Coast/Archives F334 .M6 D4
Social Origins of the New South: Alabama, 1860-1885.Bookstacks/Alabama & Gulf Coast HN 79 .A4 W53


· USA Archives: http://www.usouthal.edu/archives
· Alabama Civil War Map of Battles http://americancivilwar.com/statepic/alabama.html
· Alabama Department of Archives and History http://www.archives.state.al.us/index.html
· Alabama Heritage: Table of Contents http://www.lib.auburn.edu/special/docs/alaheritage.html
· Alabama's Official State Web Site http://www.alabama.gov/
· Alabama Legislature. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/
· Alabama Historical Quarterly: Table of Contents http://www.lib.auburn.edu/special/docs/ahistqtr.html
· Alabama Review - Table of Contents http://www.lib.auburn.edu/special/docs/alarevu.html
· Alabama's Major Microforms Collections: index to the sets held by Alabama libraries.
· Documenting the American South http://docsouth.unc.edu/index.html
· Gulf Coast Historical Review - Table of Contents http://www.lib.auburn.edu/special/docs/gchr.html
· History in the Parks http://www.cr.nps.gov/catsig.htm
· General Sites for Southern History and Cultural Studies from Tennessee Tech http://www2.tntech.edu/history/south.html
· Library of Congress's American Memory Project http://memory.loc.gov or go directly to list of their collections at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amtitle.html
· The Journal of Southern Religion http://jsr.lib.virginia.edu/
· The American South: Internet Resource Center http://www.ibiblio.org/south/
· The Center for the Study of the American South http://www.unc.edu/depts/csas/home.htm
· Center for the Study of Southern Culture http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/south/index.html
· Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/
· United States Civil War Center http://www.cwc.lsu.edu
· PROLOGUE Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration: Selected Articles
· United States Historical Census Data Browser http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/

More Web Sites Chosen by Librarians

Selected Web Sites on History Compiled by Kathy Jones. Try sections for North America, State & Regional and Documents & Images. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/picks/history.htm

Selected Web Sites on African American Studies Compiled by Kathy Wheeler and Cubie Joor.
A list of selected web resources on all aspects of African American Studies including history, culture and slavery. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/picks/africa.html

Library Resource Guides

A thorough list of resources used for research in history and available in our library. Selected by Kathy Jones, Reference Librarian. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/guides/history.htm

African American Studies
Includes call numbers for books, reference books, videos and sound recordings available in the University Library. Selected by Cubie Joor, University of South Alabama Library

Sample Searches on SOUTHcat Catalog

alabama--politics and government
united states--history
united states--social life and customs
women--united states--history
southern states--social conditions
southern states--economic conditions
Indians of North America--commerce--southern states
Indians of North America--southern states--economic conditions
indian women--southern states
southern states--commerce--history--18th century
southern states--church history--18th century
southern states--church history--19th century
architecture, modern--17th-18th centuries
architecture, modern--19th century
Keyword: (these can be used on other databases also, but you may have to change the truncation symbol from the question mark ? --sometimes to an asterisk *, occasionally to an exclamation point ! or dollar sign $)
alabama and "civil right?"
alabama and "race relations"
alabama and antiquities
alabama and "economic conditions"
alabama and "social life"
alabama and "social conditions"
alabama and "historic sites"
alabama and industr?
alabama and cemeter?
alabama and politic?
alabama and biograph?
alabama and statistic?
alabama and architectur?
alabama and census
alabama and constitution?
mobile and alabama and education
mobile and alabama and history
mobile and alabama and newspapers
"southern states" and "19th century"
"southern states" and "18th century"
politic? and "southern states"
"race relation?" and south? and history
welfare and south? and history
education? and south? and history
women and education? and south?
"social conditions? and south?
agricultur? and south? and history
worker? and south? and history
religio? and south? and history
industr? and history and south?
women and "social conditions" and "united states"
"southern states" and family and "civil war"
slavery and "united states" and history
"united states" and "popular culture"
"african american" and social and history
slave? and narrative?
labor? and history and "united states"


Style Guides

Bedford/St. Martin Sample Paper and Documentation

Citing Internet Sources http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~amrel/cit.html

Area Libraries and Archives

Mobile Public Library (Local History and Genealogy)
Mobile Municipal Archives
Spring Hill College
University of Mobile
USA University Archives

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