Tennessee History: A Research Guide
Research Checklist: Secondary Sources

Search Library Catalogs

  1. Search your local catalog and begin reading.
  2. Search WorldCat if it is available through your library.


Bibliographies are excellent sources for finding references that may not appear in library catalogs.

Dickinson, W. Calvin, and Eloise R. Hitchcock, eds. A Bibliography of Tennessee History, 1973-1996. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1999.

Smith, Sam, ed. Tennessee History: A Bibliography. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1974.

Periodical Indexes

America: History & Life. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 1964- . The standard index to the journal literature in American history.

JSTOR [database]. New York: JSTOR, [1995]- .
Full-text coverage of fifteen history journals, including The Journal of Southern History. Check with your local academic library for access information.

Dissertation/Theses Databases

Directory of Dissertations in Progress [online]. [Washington, DC]: American Historical Association, [1999- ]. Available from: http://www.theaha.org/pubs/dissertations/.

Dissertation Abstracts International. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1938- . Also available on CD-ROM and on the Internet.

WorldCat and the bibliographies listed above also provide references to dissertations/theses.

Tennessee History: A Research Guide