- Locate encyclopedias and chronologies in the SMC library reference collection
America in the 20th Century, Vol. 1 1900-1909; Vol. 2 1910-1919, etc. (11 volumes): Reference E 169.1.A471
American Decades, 1900-1910, etc. through 1990: (10 volumes): Reference E169.12.A419
American Presidents, 2 volumes: Reference E176.1.A6563
Chronological History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Vol. 1607-1932; Vol. 2 1933-1988; Vol. 3 1989-2000: Reference E183.7.B745
Dictionary of American History,10 volumes: Reference E174.D52
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents,3 volumes: Reference E173.E54
Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 3 volumes: Reference E661.E5
Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era, 2 volumes: Reference E 668.E53
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, 3 volumes: Reference E169.1.E626
Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age, 2 volumes: Reference E784.E53
Gay Nineties in America, a cultural dictionary of the 1890's: Reference E169.1.G26
Great Events From History, Vol. II 1831-1903; Vol. III 1904-1969: Reference E178.M22
Reader's Companion to American History: Reference E174.R43
- Locate books and videos in the SMC library collection
progressivism and "united states"
documents and "united states" history"
"chicago worlds fair"
politics and "united states" and nineteenth century
nineteenth century and politics
presidency and "19th century"
women and "19th century"
women's rights and history
suffrage and press
"ku klux klan"
Use subject headings
Progressivism United States
Progressivism United States Politics
United States History 1865-1898
United States History 1865-1921
World War 1914-1918
World War 1939-1945
United States History 1901-1953
United States history 19th century
United States history 20th century
United States history 21st century
Chicago Worlds Fair
To request books or articles not located at SMC, use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. Books from other institutions travel to our library through the mail so you will need to start your research ahead of time to take advantage of ILL for books.
Magazine and journal articles may arrive electronically, by means of the UVM courier, or through the mail. Starting your research ahead of time allows you time to take advantage of materials located outside of SMC.
Step #1: Background information
Locate an encyclopedia article on your selected topic. Encyclopedias provide background information, present important issues and events, and provide a timeframe and history. Articles in subject encyclopedias are often signed and written by scholars in the field and provide a bibliography of additional sources. To locate reference sources on your topic, browse the reference collection E's or see the titles listed above.
Step #2: Books
Look for books using the SMC online catalog. Search with the subject headings listed above or with keywords. If you have started your research several weeks ahead of the due date, you can take advantage of ordering materials from other institutions by searching catalogs such asWorldCat which is a database of worldwide library catalogs and provides links to Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Step #4: Full text Databases for Magazine, Journal, and Newspaper Articles
Online electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier contain newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. These databases cover a broad selection of publications, some scholarly and some for a more popular audience.
Step #5: Scholarly Literature
Search for scholarly articles on your topic by selecting databases such as America History and Life which provide access to historical publications.
Step #6: Primary Sources:
Primary sources are valuable resources which provide first hand accounts of historical events and people. An excellent source for primary research is the New York Times Historical database which searches and provides full text for articles dating back to the 1800's. The Reader's Guide Retrospective is another online database that searches periodicals back to the late 1890's.