page is meant to give you basic places to begin your research. For more
complex searches, contact a reference librarian.
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:
For General Background
on Society and Culture:
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
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.
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
If you have any questions at all about your research--how to get started or how to proceed--contact us.
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