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

Library Resources for HY 495

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 (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 (
Web version allows you to discover distance to libraries with item you want.
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.

Subject Heading BrowseKeyword (AND with Relevance)
public history"public history"
archives"popular culture" preservation
public history -- United States"cultural resources"
archives -- social aspects"local history"
memory -- social aspectsantiquities preservation
history -- psychological aspectsarchives public
cultural property -- protectionexhibit? design
architecture -- conservation and restorationrecords "public interest"
local history"oral history"
popular culture -- United Statesmemory history
memorials -- United States"historic sites" restoration
historical museumsarchaeology "social aspects"
historic buildings -- conservation and restorationmuseum "social aspect?"
United States -- cultural property
historic sites -- interpretive programs
United States -- history, local
United States -- popular culture -- historiography
United States -- antiquities -- collection and preservation
historic preservation

Also use specific exhibit or museum names in keyword searches:

  • "enola gay" smithsonian
  • jamestown exhibitions
  • "indians of North America" museum exhibits
  • national archives records administration

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Selected Books

Defining memory: local museums and the construction of history...
Bookstacks E 172 .D44 2007
Archaeology as a tool of civic engagements
Bookstacks CC 175 .A73 2007
Framing public memory
Bookstacks D 16.163 .F73 2004
Archives and public history: issues, problems, and prospects
Bookstacks CD 3021 .A72 1986
Assessing Alabama's archives: a plan for the preservation of the states historical records
University Library Circulation Desk, Alabama-Gulf Coast CD 3071 .A4 1985
Archives & manuscripts: public programs
Reference and Bookstacks CD 971 .P37 1982
Local government records: an introduction to their management, preservation, and use
Reference and Bookstacks CD 3024 .J66
Archives and the public good
Bookstacks CD 971 .A73 2002
Creating a winning online exhibition: a guide for libraries, archives, and museums
Public history: essays from the field
Bookstacks D 16.163 .P84 2004
Interpreting historic house museums
Bookstacks E 159 .D66 2002
Public benefits of archaeology
Bookstacks CC 77 .H5 P83 2002
Archaeology and created memory: public history in a national park
Bookstacks F 249 .H2 S52 2000
Power of place: urban landscapes as public history
Bookstacks F 869 .L857 H39 1997
Presenting the past: essays on history and the public
Bookstacks E 175.8 .P83 1986
Public places: exploring their history
Bookstacks E 180 .D36 1987
Giving preservation a history
Bookstacks NA 105 .G48 2003
Remaking America: public memory...
Bookstacks E 741 .B64 1992
Developing and maintaining practical archives
Bookstacks CD 950 .H86 2003
Advocating archives
Bookstacks CD 971 .A3 2003

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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.
History Cooperative Journals
Includes full-text of American Historical Review, Journal of American History, and William and Mary Quarterly.
An archive of American Anthropological Association Journals. Also links to full-text 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.
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 publixhers "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

Google Image Search
Try searching for "history trail," "history path," "outdoor exhibit," or "outdoor exhibits."
USA University Archives
Alabama Department of Archives & History
Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Alabama Mosaic: Images and Sounds of Alabama History
National Council on Public History
American Memory from the Library of Congress
Public History Resource Center
Rating System for Evaluating Public History Web Sites
AASLH American Association for State and Local History
American Association of Museums
Organization of American Historians Standards for Museum Exhibits
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Association for Museum Exhibition
National Park Service: Cultural Resources
National Park Service: General Media Development
Ohio History Society
EMuseum @ Minnesota State University, Mankato
Wisconsin Historical Society: Exhibiting Local Heritage
Auburn University Digital Library: Postcard Collection

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Area Libraries and Archives

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Library Resource Guides

Mobile History: Selected Resources
Selected by Kathy Jones, Reference Librarian
History: Selected Resources
Selected by Kathy Jones, Reference Librarian

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Style Manuals

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