American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Library Catalogs & Related Tools

Begin by searching your local catalog.


Books in Print New York: R.R. Bowker, 1948- . Almost all libraries will have the printed version of this multivolume set and/or offer access to one of several online versions.


WorldCat [online]. [Dublin, Ohio] : OCLC 1997- .
WorldCat contains over 40 million records describing books and other materials owned by libraries around the world. Use WorldCat to determine which books have been published, recently and in the past, about a specific topic. Each record in WorldCat indicates which libraries own a particular book.

E-Book Collections

History E-Book Project [online]. New York: American Council of Learned Societies, [2002-].
See The History E-Book Project: A Bibliography of Women's History Titles for more information.

netLibary [online]. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 1999- .
Digital collection of thousands of works from academic presses. Can conduct a full text search of the entire collection or of individual titles.

Journal Articles Databases

America: History & Life [online]. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-Clio, Inc., 1998- .
Best coverage of history journals of any index. Search flexibility.

History Cooperative. [Champaign, IL?] : The Cooperative, 2000- .

History Journals Guide

JSTOR [database]. New York: JSTOR, 1995- .
Full-text coverage of decades of major history journals; More info. from publisher

PCI Full Text
Database of 3000 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences; covers periodicals published 1770-1990.

ViVa [online]. International Institute of Social History, 1994- . Annual. Available from
Includes over 5400 bibliographic records describing articles published between 1975 and 2000; updated more quickly than America: History & Life, but does not include abstracts.

General Periodical Indexes

Women's Studies Databases & Indexes

Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents. Madison, Wisc.: Women's Studies Librarian, 1981- . Quarterly. Reprints the table of contents pages of over 100 magazines and journals, many of which are not covered in standard indexes.

See also: Comparison of WS databases

Specialized Indexes and Databases

Annual and Cumulative Indexes to Specific Journals

Annual and cumulative indexes (e.g., Index to California History)

Finding Theses/Dissertations

Dissertation Abstracts
Standard source for locating theses/dissertations; only broad subject headings

>WorldCat [online]. [Dublin, Ohio] : OCLC 1997- .
Use to supplement Dissertation Abstracts.

America: History & Life

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

Finding Archival/Manuscript Collections

WorldCat [online]. [Dublin, Ohio] : OCLC 1997- .

500,000 records of archival & manuscript collections in libraries, museums, state archives, and historical societies.

Archives USA [online]. [Ann Arbor] : ProQuest Information and Learning Co., 2001- .
Access to holdings and contact information of more than 5,480 repositories; [more info. from publisher]

RLG's Archival Resources [online]. Mountain View, Calif.: Research Libraries Group, 1998- . more info. from publisher

Repositories of Primary Sources [online]. [Moscow, Idaho : University of Idaho Library, Special Collection and Archives, 1996- .
Links to 5300 web sites describing archival and manuscript holdings.

Additional Women's Collections
Annotated links to repositories, organized by state.

Electronic Discussion Lists

H-Net Discussion Log Search Page One can search across all H-Net lists before posting a request for information to specific lists.

American Women's History: A Research Guide