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If someone has already done research on a topic you are investigating you are encouraged to seek out the same sources. Sometimes you may find an abundant amount of material that wasn't important to them, but is perfect for you. Other times you may find you disagree with their interpretation, which will give you something to write about from a fresh perspective.
Theses and dissertations are a great place to find bibliographies (sometimes called literature reviews) Many can be found in this database-
Multi-subject. World's largest collection of full text theses and dissertations. Contains 1.7 million full-text graduate works and 3.8 million abstracted or indexed records along with the ability to cross-search with other ProQuest resources.
1861 to present
Databases & Source Collections
How do you find out which of these journals has articles on your specific topic?
United States history, Canadian history from prehistoric times to the present. The database covers all key journals in the discipline, state and local history publications, and selected articles from scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Coverage: Indexing from 1895, full text from 1935
Thesis-driven, peer-reviewed scholarly essays on American Indian history, culture and politics from precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida. Content includes hundreds of primary documents and media, including treaties, speeches, captivity narratives, traditional storytelling, maps, photographs, and video.
Coverage: Prehistory - present
A collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada, with more than 9,000 individual editions from 1828-2016. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.
Publications authored by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The collection is updated as items are added to the HathiTrust repository.
This collection can be searched for keywords and sorted various ways.
Index to the Catalog of United States Government Publications, including documents generated by the legislative and executive branches and other Federal Government agencies. Contains materials distributed to Federal Depository Libraries (such as Alkek Library).
Coverage: 1976 to present
Cross-cultural database containing descriptive information on cultures and ethnic groups from around the world. eHRAF has a unique culture and subject classification system that extends search capability well beyond keyword searching, allowing for precise culture and subject retrieval.
History and culture studies of European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa, and Australasia. Contains original manuscripts, rare printed books, maps and ephemeral material, as well as video interviews with editorial consultants. 1650-1920.
This database combines content from Thomson Gale's 19th Century UK Periodicals; 19th Century US Newspapers; Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); The Making of the Modern World :The Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850; 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; Archives Unbound; Times Digital Archive; Illustrated London News Historical Archive; Sunday Times Digital Archive; American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990; Archives of Sexuality & Gender; Associated Press Collections; British Library Newspapers; Sabin Americana, 1500-1926.
Coverage: 15th - 21st centuries
History and social science. History of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 2,690 academic historical journals from more than 90 countries with coverage extending to related disciplines such as archeology, anthropology and sociology.
Long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Covers both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for research in Latin American History. Contains multi-media features embedded in the articles, along with cross-referenced links to related content.
The Serial Set includes reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. It is a broken into parts (collections). Collection 1 begins in 1789 with the American State Papers and provides comprehensive, full-text access to Congressional and Executive branch documents and reports published in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set through 1969. Collection II provides coverage from 1970 to present. Collection II also contains Senate and Executive Documents and Reports 1817-1978.
Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to millions of 2D and 3D digital items from our collections. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
Coverage: Prehistoric to present
Use this database to look up the title of the journal and click on it.
From there, scroll to the bottom for the "Abstracting/Indexing" information. Here you[ll find a list of databases indexing the title.