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HIST 485 Research Guide: Library Materials

Search Reference eBooks


Search Online Encyclopedias

Search online versions of more than 300 specialized encyclopedias that the library owns!
(off-campus login required)

Practice Boolean Search Strategies

Combining keywords in databases using the Boolean operators AND,OR, NOT yields great search results!

Print and Microform Sources in the Library

The Ort Library has print guides, bibliographies, reference books, and primary sources in various formats, including microfilm, for you to explore!  Some resources are highlighted here. Books marked as being in the Stacks (see call number) are the ones you can check out.

Other Library Resources - Guides and Bibliographies

Primary Sources on Microfilm and Microfiche

Microfilm (reels) and microfiche (flat sheets) are "micro-reproductions" of documents for archival storage, reading, and printing. These formats are located on Floor 2 of the Ort Library. The reference and media staff can help you with the special equipment needed to view and print microfilm and microfiche. Besides those listed belowm there are several historical newspapers in the library microfilm collection, some going back to the 1700's.

History Journals

For a list of history journals, look under the Databases tab, or click here.

Special Collections

Special Collections (A good place for primary resources in the library!):

  • House rare and unique items
  • Maintain materials related to FSU, Western MD and contiguous counties in PA and WV
  • Assist with local history questions
  • Assist with genealogical research