Reference books are a good place to begin a research project. Encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks provide background information and can also point to other resources. Key titles are listed below.
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (REF CB 351 .D5413 2001)
The Renaissance (REF CT115 .G74)
The American Revolutionary War (E208 .E645 2007)
Encyclopedia of the
The best way to keep current with a discipline is to read journal literature. White Library subscribes to a wide range of titles in the field of history. Current periodicals are shelved alphabetically on the first floor of the library. For back issues, use the call number underneath the current journal to locate back issues in the bound periodical section on the first floor of the library.
Print Journal Titles
Journal of American History
Journal of Southern History
Books from the circulating collection
History books from our circulating collection are shelved on the second floor. The table below highlights some major topics and areas of research.
Call Number range
Auxiliary Sciences of History
C 1 – CT 9999
History of Civilization
CB 3 – CB 482
World History (Outside of the
D 1 – DX 301
History of the
E 11 – E 904
F 1 – F 975
F 336 – F 350
Use the library’s card catalog, available at http://voyager.mvsu.edu , to search more systematically for books on particular topics.
The best way to find articles is by searching indexes and databases. Using these resources you can search by title, author, or subject to find articles related to your research topic. Descriptions of the electronic databases most appropriate for History research are provided below.
Ebscohost: Offers customizable basic and advanced searching supported by Boolean logic, natural language, enhanced subject indexing and journal searching to assist users in performing thorough investigations of their research topic.
Journal Storage (JSTOR): This is a full text scholarly journal archival database with coverage of history and historical related journals.
Credo Reference: A digital reference collection of 240 high quality reference books. It covers a wide range of general reference titles with a large number of subject-specific books. History is one of the 21 topics covered. Whatever you need to find- facts, words, concepts, people, places or sayings, this is the ideal place to begin any research.
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