Spring 2012

Listed in: , as EUST-368  |  , as FAMS-368  |  German, as GERM-368; Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Citing Sources


One of the best places to start research is in the Five-College Library Catalog . All books are listed by their AUTHORS, TITLES, and SUBJECTS, and you can also use the KEYWORD function to search.
If you have an exact citation, use AUTHOR or TITLE searching.
To identify books on particular topics, try KEYWORD searching, but keep in mind that, in itself, such a search is not likely to yield a complete, or completely relevant, list of locally-owned books on any particular topic. Start your KEYWORD search by typing in a common language characterization of your topic, say "connecticut river art", then select titles from the resulting list that interest you, note which official subject headings are assigned to those titles, then click on them to do a more thorough SUBJECT search.
SUBJECT searching, as such, requires that you use the exact words or phrases libraries have chosen to describe your topic; for example, libraries list books about art associated with the Connecticut River under "Art, American -- Connecticut River Valley", with broader headings, like "Landscape Painting, American" also of potential use; note that subject headings are subdivided; it's usually smart to check all relevant subdivisions. Ask at the Reference Desk if you're not sure what words or phrases to start with.
To widen your search for books beyond the Five College libraries, try WorldCat, a union catalog of thousands of libraries' holdings.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

AGRICOLA (1970 to present)
Index of journal articles and reports from the National Agriculture Library.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

EconLit with Full Text (1969 to present)
From the American Economic Association -- the foremost source of references to economic literature.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)
Covers environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database (1972 to present)
Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.

GeoRef (1785 [North America]; 1933 [Int'l])
International database of journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters covering geology and earth sciences.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.


Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Covers scholarship and fields in the social sciences.

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.


Print-format reference works


The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, 1750 to the Present. N.Y., Oxford, 2008. 8 vols.
Short and somewhat longer entries on places, events, people, etc., most with brief bibliographies (Ref D 205 O94 2008)

Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. Berlin, de Gruyter, 1973-. 37 vols.
   A massive encyclopedia of Germany history; most entries have brief bibliographies. (Ref DD 51 R42 1973)

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. N.Y., Scribner's, 2001. 6 vols.
    An excellent collection of essays (with short bibliographies) on major topics in European social history, including historiography, periods, regions and nations, sociology, gender, religion, etc. (Ref HN 373 E63 2001)

Dictionary of American History. N.Y., Scribner's, 2003. 3rd. ed. 10 vols.
   The basic encyclopedia of American history. Short entries, most with little lists of further readings. (Ref E 174 D52 2003)

Encyclopedia of American Social History. N.Y., Scribner's, 1993. 3 vols.
    Like the European set listed above, for U.S. social history. (Ref HN 57 E58 1993)

The Encyclopedia of New England. New Haven, Yale, 2005.
   A one-volume compendium of substantial essays (with bibliographies) on broad topics, divided into sub-topics, in New England history and culture: 'Agriculture', Architecture'...'Geography and Enviornment', etc. (Ref F 4 E53 2005)

Encyclopedia of World Environmental History. N.Y. Routledge, 2004. 3 vols.
   Short and longer entries on places and topics, most with lists of further readings. (Ref GF 10 E63 2004)

Rivers of the World: A Social, Geographical, and Environmental Sourcebook. Santa Barbara, ABC-Clio, 2001.
   A one-volume collection of brief entries on major rivers, some with bibliographies. (Ref GB 1201.4 P46 2001)




Citing Sources


Links to style manuals...the Library's Citing Sources page.