American Women's History: A Research Guide
Research Checklist
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Finding Books
Local Library CatalogBegin reading!
WorldCatBest single source for book recordsCommercial
RLINCommercial
netLibaryDigital collection of thousands of works from academic presses. Can conduct a full text search of the entire collection or of individual titles.Commercial
AHA Guide to Historical LiteraturePrinted bibliography; consice, evaluative summaries of best books in all fields.Check local library


Finding Journal Articles
America: History & Life Best coverage of history journals of any index. Search flexibility. Commercial
JSTOR Full-text coverage of decades of major history journals; More info. from publisherCommercial
PCI Full TextDatabase of 3000 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences; covers periodicals published 1770-1990.Commercial
ViVa Includes over 5400 bibliographic records describing articles published between 1975 and 2000; updated more quickly than America: History & Life, but does not include abstracts.Free
General Periodical Indexes
Women's Studies DatabasesComparison of WS databases
Appropriate specialized
indexes and databases
Annual and Cumulative Indexes
to Specific Journals
e.g., Index to California HistoryCheck local library


Finding Theses/Dissertations
Dissertation AbstractsStandard source for locating theses/dissertations; only broad subject headingsCommercial
WorldCatUse to supplement Dissertation AbstractsCommercial
America: History & LifeCommercial


Finding Archival/Manuscript Collections
WorldCatCommercial
RLIN AMC File500,000 records of archival & manuscript collections in libraries, museums, state archives, and historical societies. Free
Archives USAmore info. from publisherCommercial
RLG's Archival Resourcesmore info. from publisherCommercial
Repositories of Primary SourcesLinks to 4000 web sites describing archival and manuscript holdings.Free
Uncovering Women's History in Archival CollectionsAnnotated links to repositories, organized by state.Free


Electronic Discussion Lists
H-Net Discussion Log Search PageCan search across all H-Net lists before posting a request for information to specific lists.