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'History 295 - The Historian's Craft

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Finding Older Articles (as a primary or secondary source)

America: History and Life (EBSCO) - A comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Offers abstracts and citations for articles in roughly 1,800 journals published worldwide in history, related humanities, and the social sciences. Includes citations to book and media reviews from approximately 140 major journals of American history and culture and relevant dissertations from Dissertation Abstracts International. Articles date from about 1863.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO) - Provides citation information and abstracts for articles from over 2,600 journals, books, and dissertations (published since 1955). Covers all aspects of world history from the fifteenth century forward (excluding the United States and Canada). Publications are in over 40 languages; article titles and abstracts are included in English translation.

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature - (1802-1906) A subject index to 479 American and English general periodicals. See also Cumulative Author Index for Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906, which lists all personal names that appeared in the original index. (Located on the 1st floor; shelved alphabetically by title; Cumulative Author Index is shelved with the Poole's.)

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature - (1900-1999) Contains citations for a broad range of periodical articles, arranged by subject. (Located on the 1st floor; shelved alphabetically by title.)


Archival Resources / Primary Documents Online

Library of Congress, American Memory - Historical collections (primary documents, sound recordings, images, maps, etc.) from the National Digital Library that include such topics as advertising, African American history, and women's history. NOTE: Some of the older collections have been moved to new platforms, but there are still links from the American Memory site.

Ancestry Library Edition - For ancestry/genealogy research. This database combines content from around 4,000 databases. Note: Available on-campus only. 

Documenting the American South - Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this site includes digitized primary sources from several collections. Items include texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

HarpWeek - Searchable access to Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912. America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper provides information on domestic and foreign life. Users can track the major political, social, and military stories of the day, along with the editorial comment, humor, literature, and even gossip related to them.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe - A source for Western European (mainly primary) historical documents transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated that shed light on key happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social, and cultural history. The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.

Making of America (Cornell University) and Making of America (University of Michigan) - This collaborative project resulted in a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction. The two sites have the same scope, but different content.

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection - A rich and diverse set of materials from Cornell University on the anti-slavery movement of the 1800’s. Over 10,000 pamphlets and articles cover local and national topics.

Civil War Resources (Virginia Military Institute) - Contains letters and papers on a variety of Civil War topics and people, ranging from Stonewall Jackson to cadet life during the war. While not all items are offered in full text, descriptions are given of other items that may be found at the VMI archives.

Women in the Civil War (Duke University) - Digitized materials from Duke and other collections feature manuscripts on the role of women in the war, including their duties as soldiers and spies.

American Historical Association Wiki - Established with the goal of being a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world.


Archives in Georgia

Heading to visit an archive either at Tarver or elsewhere?  Check out this handy guide on what you need to do to prepare for your visit.

Find an archive in Georgia - The Historical and Cultural Organizations Directory provides links and information for over 600 cultural and historical institutions statewide. This includes archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and historic sites. 

In and around Macon

Mercer University, Special Collections (Baptist and University Archives) - Mercer University maintains a library and archives of primary and secondary research materials related to the university and the Baptist community. The collection is located on the third floor of Mercer University's Tarver Library.

Georgia Archives - Located a short drive away in Morrow, the Georgia Archives identifies, selects, preserves, and makes accessible records that constitute Georgia's recorded history. 

Middle Georgia Archives, Washington Memorial Library - The Middle Georgia Archives is devoted to documenting the history of Middle Georgia and to serving as a resource center for archival and manuscript collections in Middle Georgia.

Special Collections, Georgia College and State University - Located in Milledgeville, GCSU's holdings include the Flannery O’Connor collection, Paul D. Coverdell collection, local and regional historical collections, Georgia College Archives, rare books and the Flannery O’Connor Room.

Atlanta, Athens, and Savannah

Georgia Historical Society - Located in Savannah, the GHS collects manuscripts relating chiefly to Georgia and Savannah, including diaries and other papers of families, plantation and business records, minutes and other records of organizations, and official and semi-official records of the colony and state of Georgia. Contains material from 1740 to the present.

Georgia State University Library - Located in Atlanta, GSU's collections include labor and the workplace in the Southeast; 20th century American popular music; Georgia women's political movements; interviews and associated papers relating to Georgia government, politics, and political movements; photographic images of Atlanta and its citizens; social change; rare books; and oral histories. 

University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries - Located in Athens, the numerous UGA collections cover 18th-20th century America, with emphasis on Georgia and the southeastern states. Included are records of organizations, unpublished memoirs and diaries, legal records, and audio-visual materials. Topics range from military and political history to education to theater.

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), Emory University - Located in Atlanta, the Emory collections hold over 200,000 printed volumes, over 1,200 manuscript collections, photographs, motion picture film, audio recordings, and other visual media. Subject areas of special strength include literature and poetry, African American history and culture, Southern history, and modern politics. 

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum - Located in Atlanta, the Carter Library and Museum is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. This museum houses artifacts from Carter's presidential term as well as over 27 million pages of archived documents. 


Scholarly Resources / Articles

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest) - Covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. Selectively covers Master's theses and Canadian, British, and other international dissertations. Most dissertations since 1997 (and some earlier dissertations) are available in full text.

JSTOR - Provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The University Libraries subscribe to the Arts & Sciences I, II, and III and Health & General Sciences, which include a variety of history journals. 

JSTOR's agreement with publishers includes an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR. This database began to include some current content in 2011. The University Libraries are not yet subscribing to this current content. Tarver librarians created this guide to help students using this database.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters) - This multidisciplinary index covers the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Our coverage dates from 1991.

Digital Library of Georgia - Contains over 500,000 digital items related to the history and culture of Georgia. Items can be found browsed or search by topic, time period, county, institution, or media type. Please note some of the links will lead you away from the Digital Library of Georgia site.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Britannica) - Contains more than 73,000 articles from the printed Encyclopædia Britannica, including more than 8,000 articles that are not found in the print set. The resource also includes year-in-review articles from recent yearbooks, The Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus. The database also includes an extensive World Atlas linking users to maps, flags, statistics, and more of over 215 countries. The Britannica Internet Guide includes links to over 200,000 related Web sites, selected for content by Britannica editors.

WorldCat (FirstSearch) - The world's most comprehensive bibliography with entries representing books and other resources spanning 4,000 years of knowledge from libraries around the world.


Historic Newspapers

New York Times (ProQuest)Coverage: 1851-2011. Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1851. Provides full text and full image articles with digital reproductions of every page, every article and every issue in PDF format. In addition to news stories, includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements. You can browse issues by clicking Publications at the top of the screen.

The New York Times Index - 1st Floor, A121 .N45 1851-1874, 1913-1996
The Jack Tarver Library has the New York Times on microfilm from Sept. 1851 to Dec. 2006. These microfilm reels are located on the first floor, along with print indexes from 1851-1874 and 1913-1995. (If you need assistance in using either of these tools, please see either the Circulation or Reference desk on the main floor for help. If you'd like to search multiple years at once try the New York Times website's search engine. (Please note that full text on this site may have to be purchased. You may use this site to find the citation information and then use the microfilm reels on the first floor.)

The Atlanta Journal, the Atlanta Constitution - Serials Microfim, 2nd Floor
The Jack Tarver Library has the Atlanta Constitution/Atlanta Journal-Constitution on microfilm from 1868. (NOTE: we have only the Atlanta Constitution from 1868 until the newspapers merged, not the Journal. The two papers published combined editions on Sundays from 1950-1976 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1976-2001. If you find a Journal citation, you'll need to see if it exists in our microfilm or if you'll have to request it from Interlibrary Loan. Because the papers came under joint ownership in 1950, the titles are murky. See this article for more information.) These microfilm reels are located on the second floor, along with the indexes from 1984-1996. If you need assistance in using either of these tools, please see either the Circulation or Reference desk on the main floor for help. For articles from 1868-1945, try this search engine from the AJC. This engine covers 1985 to the present. (Please note that full text articles on these sites must be purchased. You may use the sites to find the citation information and then use the microfilm reels on the second floor. We do not currently have a resource to find information between 1945-1984.)

Macon Telegraph Archive - Provides online access to early issues of the Macon Telegraph in its various daily and weekly forms from 1826-1908. Consisting of over 50,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. NOTE: you will need to download a free plugin to view these pages. In addition, the newspaper is available on microfilm (through 2006) on the first floor of Tarver.

Mercer Cluster - You can now search the first 50 years of The Mercer Cluster (1920-1970) online. The archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

Digital Library of Georgia historic newspapers - A variety of digitized, searchable newspapers from around the state. Some of these will require a plugin in order to view them. 

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