University Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for HY 457

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.

Locating Books and Dissertations

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries 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 Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles below).
Worldcat (
An index to books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author, or title. No full text.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but the best search results are from the e-book website.
All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can also 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 Book Search
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text.

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Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat Catalog or databases. Search techniques may vary with each database so look at help screens for suggestions on using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the "and" if you do a keyword search on SOUTHcat since SOUTHcat automatically includes "and" between words if the phrase is not in quotations. Put phrases in quotation marks to keep the words together. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.

Keyword Searching:

  • travel
  • travel narrative?
  • travel writing
  • women travel
  • travel diaries
  • explorer? diar?
  • africa exploration
  • tocqueville journey
  • guevara diaries
  • montaigne travel
  • "samuel johnson" journal?
  • theroux "great railway bazaar"
  • steinbeck travels
  • burton africa
  • leisure travel?
  • "united states" description travel
  • california description travel
  • automobile? travel?
  • sport? (travel or touris?)
  • sex? touris?
  • montagu letters
  • equiano narrative?

Advanced Boolean Searching:

  • travel? and (diaries or narrative?)
  • (travel? or voyage?) and writing?
  • explorer? and (correspondence or letter? or journal?)
  • (soldier? or military or troop?) and (narrative? or correspondence?) and europe?
  • seasonal and (job? or work? or labor?)

Subject Heading Browse:

  • travel writing
  • travel in literature
  • travelers writings, american
  • women travelers
  • travelers writing, english
  • voyages and travels -- historiography
  • british travel -- historiography
  • voyages and travel -- history
  • europeans -- travel -- history
  • europe -- description and travel
  • america -- discovery and exploration
  • women missionaries

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Selected Books about Travel Writings

Witness and the Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 400-1600
Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
Bookstacks D 34 .L29 P73 1992
Bookstacks DS 12 .S24 1978
Anthology of Women's Travel Writings
Bookstacks G 465 .A58 2002
British Travel Writers, 1910-1939
Reference PS 129 .D5 v. 195
British Travel Writers, 1940-1997
Reference PS 129 .D5 v. 204
Traveling Women: Narrative Visions of Early America
Bookstacks PS 366 .T73 I43 2006
Encyclopedia of Travel Literature
Reference G 465 .B765 2000
Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery
Bookstacks G 95 .T73 2006
Great Women Travel Writers: From 1750 to the Present
Bookstacks G 4654 .W66 2005

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Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles

Most of the indexes below are located under Articles, Indexes, and Databases on the University Library homepage. 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 on the University Library homepage.

A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
Project Muse
A collection of full-text journals which provides current coverage of journals, including many of the titles in JSTOR.
Periodicals Archive Online
Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac)
Some full text articles and book reviews.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Some full text articles. Includes book reviews.
Academic OneFile (Gale/InfoTrac)
Includes some full text articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO)
Some full text articles and book reviews.
Sage Journals Online
Most articles are full text.
Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Includes some full text articles.
MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
An international index which includes journal articles, books, and dissertations.
LexisNexis Academic
An index to news and legal publications.
ProQuest Newspapers
An index to over 500 newspapers, with 350 available in full text. Coverage for some titles goes back to the 1980s.
Google Scholar
Google's academic database. Set preferences to University of South Alabama to show links to our material.

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Our Journal List

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

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Selected Internet Resources

American Journeys
Gertrude Bell Project
Papers of Sir Joseph Banks
Endeavor Project: Journals of James Cook's First Pacific Voyage

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Library Resource Guides

Locating Primary Sources

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Style Manuals

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