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Library Resources for HY 431

These sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

Library Catalog:

The SOUTHcat catalog contains records for books, e‐books, journals, CD‐ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles(see "Indexes to Journals and Articles" below) Click here for video tutorials of the search process.

Search tips for Limiting to Primary Sources::

•Include one or more of the following search terms in a keyword search to limit a search to primary sources: correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, interviews, letters and sources. Use truncation symbol (?) to broaden search terms.

•Do an author search:

King, Martin Luther
X, Malcolm
Kennedy, John F.
Warren, Earl
Friedan, Betty

•Sample Searches on SOUTHcat Catalog:

Subject Browse
united states--history--sources
women--united states--history-sources
united states--history--1945-
united states--history--1961-
southern states--history

"united states" "20th century" sources
"african americans" sources
newspaper? "united states" bibliograph?
"king papers"
women "united states" diar?
labor? history "20th century"
"southern states" historiography
"southern states" "politics and government"
"southern states" "race relations"
"southern states" autobiography
"health services" history "united states"
agricultur? south?

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Selected Print Resources for Primary Material in USA Library

    • Afro-American History: Primary Sources. Bookstacks E 184.6 .F7
    • Annals of America. Reference E 173 .A793
    • Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents. Reference E 173 .E54 2004 (3 vols.)
    • Greenwood Library of American War Reporting. Bookstacks D 5 .G84 2005
    • Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources. Bookstacks JV 6465 .I4737 2006
    • Major Problems in African-American History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks E 185 .M35 2000
    • Major Problems in American History Since 1945: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks E 743 .M257 2007
    • Major Problems in American Indian History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks E 77.2 .M35 2001
    • Major Problems in American Military History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks E 181 .M118 1998
    • Major Problems in American Religious History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks BR 515 .M18 2000
    • Major Problems in American Sport History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks GV 583 .M28 1997
    • Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks HT 123 .M385 2005
    • Major Problems in American Women's History: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks HQ 1410 .M34 2007
    • Major Problems in the History of American Medicine and Public Health: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks R 151 .M35 2001
    • Major Problems in the History of American Workers: Documents and Essays. Bookstacks HD 8066 .M34 2003
    • Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America. Reference E 173 .M55 2008
    • Primary Sources of American Government. Bookstacks JK 11 1965 .N4
    • Reading Our Lives: Southern Autobiography Anthology. Bookstacks F 208 .R43 1997
    • Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. Bookstacks E 185.61 .R4 2001
    • Vietnam War: Handbook of the Literature and Research. Reference DS 558 .V58 1993
    • Voice of the People: Primary Sources on the History of American Labor, Industrial Relations, and Working-Class Culture. Bookstacks HD 8066 .V65 2004

Reference Books

    • Oxford English Dictionary Online etymology, quotations, definitions--20 volumes
    • Dictionary of American Biography. Reference E 176 .D566
    • American National Biography. Reference CT 213 .A68 1999
    • New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Reference F 209 .N47 2006

Indexes to Books, Chapters in Books and Dissertations: to top of page

WorldCat (FirstSearch) An index to books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author or title. No full text.

WorldCat ( This web version allows you to discover how close items are to your location.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project. Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. (All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but best search results are from E-Book website)

NetLibrary. All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can be searched with keyword or subject searches from the NetLibrary site. Must register and establish user name and password to check out book for four hours.

Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations. Searchable by author, keyword or institution. USA theses submitted in pdf format are available online at no charge.

Google Books. Part of Google's library-scanning project.
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Indexes to Journal and Newspaper Articles

Some indexes will also have links to full-text of the articles. Dates of full-text coverage may vary with different databases. One way to check availability is to use "Our Journal List" under "Articles, Indexes and Databases” on the University Library homepage (SOUTHcat Plus).

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This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go here to see if the Libraries have a subscription to this particular volume, issue and year of the journal you need. Occasionally the information is incorrect and/or unclear. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availability of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for a year from their publication date.)

Internet Projects containing Primary Material

Style Guides:

Bedford/St. Martin Documentation
Chicago Manual of Style. Ready Reference Z 253 .U69
Citing Internet Sources

Library Resource Guides:

Locating Primary Sources