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History Pathfinder: Pennsylvania
An index is a specialized database that organizes information about the locations of articles in journals/magazines, reports and newspapers; and book chapters, papers in conference proceedings, and book reviews. Indexes provide the complete bibliographic citation of an article, including the title of the article, author, name of the journal, volume number, the pages of the journal in which the article can be found, and a short summary, or abstract, of the article. Some indexes are in book form, and some are electronic databases. Some eletronic databases, including America: History & Life, do NOT provide the complete text of articles. For tips on how to effectively search databases, and how to find journals that are not available on-line, contact your librarian, or consult How to Find Materials on History in the Waidner-Spahr Library .
America: History & Life
America: History and Life is an electronic index to scholarly literature on United States and Canadian history. It covers materials treating all aspects of history from prehistoric times to the present. The rest of modern world history, from 1450 to the present, is covered in a companion work, Historical Abstracts . It provides indexing and abstracts for periodical articles, book reviews and dissertations. Book reviews are cited from a select list of some 140 journals, mostly published in the United States and Canada. America: History and Life includes materials published from 1964 to the present.
Covers journal articles in the humanities, archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, and religion.
and Social Sciences Retrospective
A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Lexis Nexis will provide you with full-text from newspapers around the world, for up to the past ten years.
Project Muse covers numerous subject fields in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts, including history. Journals covered by Project Muse are scholarly and peer-reviewed, published by a not-for-profit press or scholarly society, and be a sensible fit with titles in the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.
ProQuest is a good index to use in the beginning stages of your research project. It is an index that covers major journals in English and many other subjects in which Dickinson College offers a major. It offers access to thousands of periodicals and newspapers, many of which are supplied full-text. ProQuest supplies both scholarly and non-scholarly resources. See your librarian for tips on how to narrow to scholarly topics.
A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. You can use this database to find out what libraries own material you might need.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are helpful in finding basic information about your topic area. They may also serve as sources of inspiration to you as you search for new topics to research. The following list is not comprehensive. Search the library catalog for more encyclopedias and dictionaries. Refer to How to Find Materials on History in the Waidner-Spahr Library for tips on how to best perform a search, or contact your librarian for assistance.
REF F149 .M39 1997
Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania
REF F147 .E52 1996
Pennsylvania Military History
REF F149 .T68 1975
Pennsylvania Biographical Dictionary
REF CT257 .P462 1998
and Genealogy Master Index
Biography and Genealogy Master Index is the first place you should look when seeking biographical information on any living or deceased person worldwide. It is an electronic index to over 13 million biographical entries in 3,400+ biographical reference works.
National Biography (ANB)
Nearly 20,000 biographies, revised three times per year.
A Guide to the History of Pennsylvania
REF F149 .G85 1993
Pennsylvania Military History: A Bibliography
REF Z6724 .H6 U56 1992
Lexis-Nexis will help you find newspaper articles from around the world. Ask a librarian for assistance.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Pennsylvania
REF G1 201 .F7 A8 1993 PA
State Maps on File
REF G1245 .S79 1984
Pennsylvania County Data Book. Cumberland County
(Other counties also available)
REF HA607.C85 P46
Debates of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention
REF KFP401 1873 .A23