Space and Place

Fall 2012

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-125; Timothy J. Van Compernolle (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Citing Sources



 Amherst catalog

Search the Amherst catalog by keyword, title, author, or subject using the Library Quick Search box at the top of every page. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out. Once in the catalog, try the Advanced Search, and don't forget to look at Subject Headings in each record for more like that book.

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 Five Colleges catalog

You can also use the Quick Search box to search the Five Colleges catalog. Use request icon  to log in and have an item sent via Five College Delivery (1-2 weekdays).

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.

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

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

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

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

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.

Discovery searches (aka academic Google):

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more 
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

ProQuest Search Platform
An aggregated search of all 21 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in Discover).


Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

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

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.

Primary Sources

Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

Newsstand (ProQuest) 
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.

Digital resources from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

American Memory
Digital collections from the Library of Congress. 

Amherst Library Primary Sources topic guide
Answers to all your questions about what a primary source is and how to find them in the catalog and in the wild.

Citing Sources

MLA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue (or visit the print MLA Handbook behind the old reference desk, call number LB2369 .G53 2009)

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style