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Pathfinder to Resources in the Wilson Library
  • Reference Works
    We call reference works those books, periodicals, and databases that provide basic information on a subject (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks), basic statistical data (yearbooks), compendia of documents or indispensable texts on a subject, and on what has been written in a discipline or on a subject (bibliographies and indexes). Most hard-copy reference works at the Wilson Library are housed in the first floor Reference Collection, except for bibliographies. Specialized subject bibliographies are shelved in the Wilson Library stacks under the appropriate place for the call number assigned to them. Most indexes are now available in electronic editions through the University of Minnesota Libraries Web Page. The following are representative reference works for research in history.
    • Berkshire encyclopedia of world history (print)
      "A comprehensive encyclopedia of world history with 538 articles that trace the development of human history with a focus on area studies, global history, anthropology, geography, science, arts, literature, economics, women's studies, African-American studies, and cultural studies related to all regions of the world"
      • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto D23 .B45 2005
    • Historiography: An Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles, Books and Dissertations
      A most complete bibliography. Its being annotated allows the researcher to have an idea about the focus and the nature
      of the works cited in it.
      • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference Quarto D13 .H57 1987
      Wilson Library Quarto D13 .H57x 1987 Regular Loan
      Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
    • IMB: International Medieval Bibliography Authentication Required
      This guide to what has been published about the Middle Ages is interdisciplinary, including conference proceedings, collected essays, and journal articles on philosophy, literature, the arts, etc. in addition to those of historical analysis covering the period between the years 476 and 1500.
  • Periodicals and Newspapers
    The Wilson Library has an extensive collection of periodical publications, including journals of analysis, periodicals of general interest, and current event magazines. The Wilson Library also has an extensive collection of newspapers, both national and foreign. In some cases the Wilson Library has old runs of newspapers and current events magazine, useful now as primary sources for historical research. For example, the Wilson Library owns the Times of London on microfilm as far back as 1788, and The New York Times as far back as 1851. Most periodicals in the Wilson Library are in the Periodicals Collection, arranged by title in alphabetical order, and most newspapers are in the Newspapers Collection arranged in the same way. But there are exceptions to this rule, and therefore, when one is looking for a specific periodical or newspaper, it is better to search for it under title in the University of Minnesota Libraries online catalog, known as MNCAT. The Wilson Library owns prominent journals of history such as The American Historical Review, The Historian, and History.
  • Primary Sources and Documents
    The Wilson Library owns a considerable number of sources that could be considered primary sources, such as manuscripts, early printed works, memoirs, collections of letters, official statistical data, and government publications. Some of these are in discrete areas within the Library designated as special collections, such as The James Ford Bell Library (for imprints and events from the years between 1450 and 1800, covering the history of European explorations, conquests, and settlements outside Europe), the Rare Books Collection (housing manuscripts and early or rare imprints on a wide variety of subjects), the Government Publications Library (housing United States government documents, Canadian government documents, United Nations doucments, and European Union documents), the Ames Library of South Asia, and the East Asian Library. Many primary sources are available in printed editions in the stacks of the Library, or in microtexts in the Microfilm Collection and the Microfiche Collection. Several are available in digital editions through the University of Minnesota Libraries Web Page, such as Digital Evans, a collection of word-searchable digitized texts or works printed in what is today the United States between 1639 and 1800.
  • The University of Minnesota Libraries Catalog and Other Electronic Resources
    The University of Minnesota Libraries Catalog (MNCAT) includes all cataloged resources owned by the University of Minnesota Libraries regardless of where they are physically located, and each record indicates its location within a library building. But it does not include records for journal articles, which can be searched in indexes. In order to make this search easier, the University of Minnesota Libraries Web Page has a direct access point to indexes named ARTICLES AND MORE, with several links to facilitate finding either specific indexes by title (Select and index to search) or listings of indexes appropriate for research in a certain discipline or subject (Select an index by subject). Important electronic indexes for research in history available through ARTICLES AND MORE are: Historical Abstracts (covering events between 1450 and 2000), International Medieval Bibliography (covering the period 476-1500), L'Annee Philologique (covering the Ancient World), Academic Search Premier (covering journals in English), IBZ International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (covering academic journals published outside the United States), and the J-STOR index. Those doing research for a dissertation subject should consult Arts and Humanities Citation Index, and Digital Dissertations.
Other University of Minnesota Libraries and Special Collections
  • Charles Babbage Institute
    The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is an archives and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology.
  • Immigration History Research Center
    Non-circulating personal papers, organizational records, books, newspapers, and other original sources documenting immigration and ethnicity throughout the United States.
  • University Archives
    Non-circulating University records: faculty, staff, student, alumni, personal, and organizational papers and audiovisual material.
  • YMCA Archives (Kautz Family)
    Non-circulating historical records, photographs, books, and journals documenting the U.S.A. YMCA's work in the U. S. and abroad from the 1850s to the present.
Related University of Minnesota Sites Internet Resources
  • Citation and Style Guides
  • General
    • American Civil War Homepage
      Page maintained at the University of Tennessee. It seeks to provide a comprehensive directory of links about the Civil War.
    • American Women's History Online Guide
      Online research guide maintained at Middle Tennessee State University including archives, digital collections, and "Talking About Women's History," a section that links to selected interviews, lectures, and documentaries.
    • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
      Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Journals of the Continental Congress through The Congressional Globe, which ceased publication with the 42nd Congress in 1873. It includes the Journals of the Continental Congress, Elliot's Debates, Farrand's Records, Statutes at Large, House Journal, Senate Journal, Senate Executive Journal, Maclay's Journal, Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe and Serial Set.
    • The E Pluribus Unum Project
      Electronic archive of resources for educators and the public to further explore this and related questions.
    • Radical America
      Magazine launched in 1967 by radical students in Madison, Wisconsin. Most useful for research on U.S. political life in the 1960s and early 1970s.
    • Vietnam War Bibliography
      This page is full of information, as well as an annotated bibliography of books, articles, and government documents.
      Collections of some 5,000 hours of recordings of U.S. presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon.
    • Women Working, 1800 - 1930
      Women Working, 1800 - 1930 provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the turn of the 19th century and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented.

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