Springfield History:

 A Selected List Resources 

Thomas Library,  Wittenberg University

This page is meant to give you basic places to begin your research. For more
complex searches, contact a reference librarian.

I. Books

To find books and media on your topic:
   EZRA : the Wittenberg University library catalog.
        Start with a keyword search: e.g. springfield history
        Using AND and OR

Some Important Titles on Springfield:

Who's Who in Ohio. Thomas Rare F490.W6 1930
Springfield & Clark County : An Illustrated History - Thomas Rare F499.S7 K56 1985
Springfield, Ohio : In the Heart of the Mad River Valley - Thomas Rare Oversize F499.S7 S7 1936
Springfield, Ohio Thomas Rare F499.S7 S72 1916
One Hundred Seventy-Five Years of Struggle: History of Black people in Springfield, OhioThomas Rare F499.S7 W5 1976
Springfield, Ohio City Directory - Ref. AY272.S7 W7 Note: Issues before 2000 are shelved in Ref. Storage.
Springfield and Clark County, Ohio - Ref. F499.S7 F4 1941
Fourteenth census of population, 1920. Ohio. Clark Co. [microform] - Microforms HA 201 1920 .A15 no.1353 -1354
Heartland: An Exhibition from the Collection of the Heritage Center of Clark County - Main Oversize F499.S7 K96 2001
Springfield Ohio: A Progressive, Accessible, Industrial City. (1929)
In the OhioLINK catalog.

For General Background on Society and Culture:

Statistical Abstract of the United States - Ref. HA202   We keep the most recent five years in Reference. All other editions back to 1896 are shelved in the Reference Storage area near the reference desk.
This Fabulous Century - Main Oversize E161.T55 v. 3 (1920-1930)
American Decades - Main E169.12 .A419 1994 v. 3 (1920-1929)
The Value of a Dollar: 1860 - 1989 - Main HB235.U6 V35 1994

OhioLINK: search and borrow items from the collections of member libraries across the state of Ohio


II. Internet Resources

Clark County Historical Society

Clark County Public Library


The Ohio Memory Project

African-American Experience in Ohio

The American Memory Project

     Citing your sources

    Criteria for Website Evaluation

III. Finding Journal Articles
    Guidelines on how to distinguish scholarly from popular articles

       To find articles:
       America: History and Life - "U.S. and Canadian history, prehistory to present".

       JSTOR - contains lots of historical sources. JSTOR stands for Journal STORage,
           and it may not provide the full text of articles from the most recent 2 to 5
           years depending on publisher agreements.

       New York Times - Historical  - Electronic full text of the New York Times from its
           inception in 1851 through 2007.

       Readers' Guide Retrospective - Provides references to articles in popular American
            magazines, 1890-1982. Even though electronic full text may not be available,
            we have many of these periodicals in print downstairs.

For other ideas, see the full List of Indexes and Databases, with nearly 200 database options.

    To locate journals:

At Wittenberg: Search Journals the Library Has, for a list of magazines and journals that Wittenberg owns, both print and electronic.
At other academic libraries: Request by filling out an Interlibrary Loan form.

Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating.
 If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.

IV. Thomas Library Archives and Special Collections

Access to archives and special collections (including Thomas Rare and Storage) is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Suzanne Smailes (below) to schedule an appointment.

The library has indexed old issues of the Wittenberg Student Newspaper and alumni magazine so that both are searchable by headline, author or major subject.

Items from archives or special collections can usually be made available after noon the business day after you place your request.

V. People Help

Wittenberg librarians welcome your questions.
If you have any questions at all about your research--how to get started or how to proceed--contact us.

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Compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 4/10/2011 KJG
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