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English 1000

Chronologies & Encyclopedias

  • American Decades    
    Ref. E169.12 .A419 1994 (10 volumes).  
    One volume for each decade of the twentieth century.
  • Literature and its times :
    Profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them
    Ref PN50 .L574 1997
  • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture  
    Ref. E169.1 .S764.   (5 volumes).
    Use this to look up 20th-century concepts.   Articles often include a short bibliography.
  • Encyclopedia. of American Cultural and Intellectual History  
    Ref. E169.1 .E624 2001 (3 vol.)
  • Encyclopedia of American Social History 
    Ref. HN 57 .E58 1993   (3 volumes).   
  • CQ Researcher
    Provides background information and analysis of controversial issues.

Resources for Finding Primary Sources (20th Century)

  • Index to the New York Times   
    Ref. AI 21.N44 (covers mid-19th & all 20th century)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers 
    Full-text New York Times and Wall Street Journal newspaper coverage.
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature   
    Ready Ref AI 3.R48  
    Covers entire 20th century & more.

Resources for Finding Articles

Locating Articles and Books

Some databases provide the full text of some articles, but not all. If the full text is not provided, look up the journal title in the Library Catalog to see if we subscribe and get the call number, or check Find it At MU to see if full text is provided elsewhere.  If you can’t find what you need, please Ask a Librarian.    Use the Library Catalog to locate books in the MU Libraries.  Use the MOBIUS Catalog to request books from other academic libraries in Missouri.  Again, if you can’t find what you need, please Ask a Librarian.

Tips on Searching Databases and Online Catalogs

Put an AND between words when you want to find all the words: Atlanta AND travel Put an OR between words when you’d be happy with one word or the other or both: Atlanta and (travel OR tourism)   Use truncation symbols or wildcards to search for variants. E.g., tour* retrieves tour, tours, tourist, tourists, tourism, touring , etc. If you get too much, limit your search to subject headings or descriptors . To find primary sources in library catalogs, look for the following words in the subject headings: correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, sources.

Citation Guides

MLA style manuals are available at the Reference Desk. If you use articles you obtained in full-text version directly from a library database, the citation protocol will be different than if you had found the article in paper copy in the library.  Consult EbscoHost's MLA Style Guide for full-text articles in databases.


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