|American Women's History: A Research Guide|
Research Tools: Finding Secondary Sources
Library Catalogs & Related Tools
Begin by searching your local library's catalog for books about your topic. Use the notes and bibliography sections of these books to discover additional sources.
Books in Print New York: R.R. Bowker, 1948- . Also available online.
WorldCat [online]. [Dublin, Ohio] :
OCLC 1997- .
History E-Book Project [online]. New York: American Council
of Learned Societies, [2002-].
netLibary [online]. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 1999- .
Periodical Indexes & Databases
Keep in mind that annual and cumulative indexes of specific journals (e.g., California History) often provide much more detailed coverage of journal content than databases such as America: History & Life.
America: History & Life [online]. Santa Barbara, CA
: ABC-Clio, Inc., 1998- .
Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Philadelphia: Institute for
Scientific Information, 1977- .
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 other indexes.
History Cooperative. [Champaign, IL?] : The Cooperative, 2000-
JSTOR [database]. New York: JSTOR, 1995- .
[online]. International Institute of Social History, 1994-
. Annual. Available from http://www.iisg.nl/~womhist/index.html.
Women's Studies International [online]. Baltimore, Md.: NISC
As a general rule, theses/dissertations not written at your university will have to be obtained through your library's interlibrary loan department, or purchased from Dissertation Express.
Directory of History Dissertations [online]. [Washington, DC]: American Historical Association, [1999- ]. Available from: http://www.historians.org/pubs/dissertations/index.cfm.
Networked Digital Library of Theses
and Dissertations (NDLTD) [online]. NDLTD, c2002- .
ProQuest digital dissertations [online]. [Ann
Arbor, Mich.] : UMI, 1999- .
WorldCat [online]. [Dublin, Ohio] : OCLC 1997- .
Electronic Discussion Lists
Log Search Page One can search across all H-Net lists before
posting a request for information to specific