Rutgers University Libraries History: Basic Resources
The Basics: "Restricted Access;" Off-Campus Links; Finding Books: IRIS; Book Delivery; Finding Articles; Becoming an 'Expert' User Citing Your Sources
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The Basics

Restricted Access

Many of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, by contract, remote access to the Rutgers University Library's indexes, electronic journals, and electronic reserve articles is available only to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff. In order to use these from off-campus, you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

Once you have gone to a Rutgers Libraries page and logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] you can use the "Off-Campus Link" provided for each Rutgers-restricted resource below to connect to that database or article. These links will not work from a networked computer on-campus. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Use IRIS to find out if the Rutgers Libraries have the specific books or journals that you need, or to locate books on topics that you're researching. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

The fastest way to get a copy of a book that is not owned or not available (checked out/on Reserve/missing etc.) at the Rutgers Libraries is to request it through E-Z Borrow. E-Z Borrow books are normally received within about five working days. Tell Me More

If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. Tell Me More

Finding Articles plus

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text is the basic index for finding articles in the humanities disciplines, including history. It indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in history, literature, art and music, philosophy and religion. It indexes many journals back to 1984 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Need More?

While Humanities Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper, if you're working on a more extensive project, or a more specialized topic, you will probably need to use one or more indexes that focus specifically on history. You'll find links to most of these in the Finding Articles section below.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You will probably be asked to use Chicago/Turabian style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are both available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a nice introduction to Chicago/Turabian Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create bibliographic citations.

The above site does not, however, cover citing online resources. The Library of Congress has a guide on How to Cite Electronic Sources that show Turabian-style examples; the Bedford/St. Martin's site also offers useful information on Using Chicago Style to Cite and Document Sources

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. IRIS is not a restricted database, anyone can access it from anywhere. However if you're coming in from off-campus and trying to connect to electronic journals or e-reserves from within IRIS you will need to be logged in. So you might find it less frustrating to use the off-campus version.

Newark Law
Camden Law
Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the same subject headings you use in IRIS find relevant publications in the law collections.

Center for Research Libraries
CRL is consortium of North American university and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, foreign dissertations, archives, and other expensive or hard to find materials. As Rutgers is a CRL member, these materials are considered part of Rutgers' collections and can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.

Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available at Rutgers or another library. Based on the over 130 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

Finding Articles plus: Indexes

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text is the basic index for finding articles in the humanities disciplines, including history. It indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in history, literature, art and music, philosophy and religion. It indexes many journals back to 1984 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Search Guide available.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Search Guide available.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

L'Annee philologique
The primary database for classical studies. Indexes over 1500 journals, as well as articles in books, dissertations, and conference papers relating to the history, literature, philosophy, science and technology, etc., of Ancient Greece and Rome. 1959-
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

International Medieval Bibliography
1967- . Comprehensive index to journal and book articles concerning the period 400-1500 AD in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The Journals Bibliography is a searchable index to the complete runs of over 630 scholarly journals relating to the period 400 to 1700 A.D; while the Books Bibliography includes citations for monographs, material published in monographs, and collected essays.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
1975- . Searchable bibliography of articles, books, proceedings, and dissertations. Integrates the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (Technology and Culture), the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Archival Collections

Archival Resources
The Research Libraries Group (RLG) index to over 700,000 collections of manuscripts and archives with links to over 32,000 electronic finding aids.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

The Press

For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Contemporary Accounts

Factiva Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.
A vast archive which includes the full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts. Ten to twenty year+ backfile for many titles. Examples of newspapers covered include:

The Boston Globe beginning 1 January 1987.
The Chicago Tribune beginning 1 January 1985
The Detroit Free Press beginning 1 January 1994
The Irish Times beginning 31 December 1981
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) beginning 1 January 1989
The Times (London) beginning 2 January 1981
The Times of India beginning 9 May 1986
The Washington Post beginning 1 January 1984

LexisNexis Academic
"News" section indexes and provides access to a large collection of U.S. and international newspapers, newsletters, wire service reports, transcripts of television and radio news broadcasts, and student newspapers. Includes foreign language newspapers, and full-text coverage of the New York Times from June 1, 1980 to the present and the Washington Post back to 1977.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.
World News Connection
Translated and English-language news and information from Central Eurasia, China, East Asia, Near East & South Asia, East Europe, West Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Accounts

The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1729-1800
Benjamin Franklinís newspaper, the major newspaper of the time. Searchable.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900
The full text of articles, advertisements, illustrations etc., from American popular and literary magazines and journals that began publication between 1741 and 1900. Search by author, title, article type, publication title, date, and keywords in the full-text.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
Search the full text of six major 19th century African American newspapers:

Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Early American Newspapers
Microform (microcard and microfilm) collection of early American newspapers based on Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 (2 vols, Worchester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1947; additions and corrections, 1961). [DANA Ref Z6951 .B86 1962] Scope expanded to include some titles published up to 1900.

While the Dana Library does not own this collection, many of the titles are owned by the Rutgers Libraries and individual reels can be requested for delivery to Dana. A list of the titles available included in this series is available online. Individual titles can be located by searching IRIS, the Rutgers' online catalog. The collection includes fourteen 18th and 19th century New Jersey newspapers.

Historical New York Times Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included; use LexisNexis Academic to find more recent articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

RSAP: Resources for Research
Lists 18th, 19th, and early 20th century magazines and newspapers that are available full-text on the web. In addition to single titles, lists newspapers included as part of large digital collections (e.g., Cornell's and University of Michigan's Making of American Collections). From the Research Society for American Periodicals.

Union Lists

Union lists identify where runs of specific newspapers are physically held; newspapers on microform may be requested on Interlibrary Loan.

Newspapers in Microform. United States. Washington : Library of Congress, 2 vols.
Lists newspapers published in the U.S. by state, city, and title. Indicates which libraries have microform holdings of those titles.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z6951.U56a yr.1948/83

Chronological Lists of U.S. Newspapers in Microform Available at the Library of Congress: 1940-1989
Chronological lists arranged by state city, and title. Some microfilm are heavily used onsite and are not available for interlibrary loan from the Library of Congress.

Newspapers in Microform. Foreign Countries. Washington : Library of Congress, 2 vols.
Lists newspapers by country, city, and title. Indicates which libraries have microform holdings of those titles.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z6945.U515a yr.1948/83

Foreign Newspapers at the Center for Research Libraries

Database of more than 6000 titles of non-U.S. newspapers (current and restrospective) held by CRL.

Foreign Newspapers at the Library of Congress

Newspapers currently received and permanently retained on microfilm.

Slavic and East European Newspaper Index

Newspapers held by the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois--one of the largest collections in North America.

Other Dana History Guides

American History: American History America & the World American Cities American Immigration History American Labor History American Republic Civil War & Reconstruction History of Social Welfare Military in American Legal History New Jersey Genealogy Newark Experience Social Foundations of Education Vietnam War Vietnam War and 9/11

African-American History: African-American History African-American Education

Latin American/Latino History: Latin American/Latino History

Ancient and Medieval History: Ancient History Aegean Archeology Medieval History

History of Science and Technology: History of Science & Technology Science and Technology Since World War II

Military History: Military History Just War Tradition Civil War & Reconstruction Military in American Legal History Vietnam War Vietnam War and 9/11

Other: Biography History in Fiction/Fact Nationalism Russia & the Soviet Union

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Revised October 18, 2005