Databases to use:
- Allecat Search Pelletier Library's collection of books, ebooks, dvds, and more. See Tips page on the right.
then expand your search to books from collections all over the world:
- WorldCat pay close attention to subject headings you discovered in Allecat; reuse them in Worldcat. Click on new subject headings and add keywords to your search if needed.
Always remember to ask for some help from a reference librarian. We can save you a lot of time.
For Journal Articles:
Because JSTOR contains articles from all disciplines, consider using the advanced search feature and choosing discipline specific journal groups to make your search result more precise.
Current American Dream
Other databases to consider
Lexis-Nexis Academic – full text access to court decisions, also some press coverage
MergenT Archives – full text access to business and corporate records
New York Times – searchable full text of daily newspaper issues, 1851-2008
Philadelphia Inquirer - searchable full text of daily newspaper issues, 1860-2001
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - searchable full text of daily newspaper issues, 1786-2003
Historical Press Coverage (Full Text)
Harpers Weekly - full text of publication, 1857-1877
Independent Voices – full text access to alternative press, mid to late 20th century
The Economist Historical Archive – full text access to historical issues, 1843 to 2011
Historical Press Coverage (Indexes)
ProQuest Central - Index to many newspapers and magazines, most coverage is post 1990
Reader’s Guide Retrospective – subject index of articles in the popular press (Time, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, etc.) from 1890 to 1982; library owns print back issues of many of the publications
Other Primary Sources
Archives Unbound – Collections of primary source documents with some coverage of mid-20th century
Congressional Publications – full text access to hearings and other Congressional documents
ERIC – citations and abstracts for publications relating to programs receiving federal education funding, 1966 forward
GPO Monthly Catalog – index to federal government publications from 1976 forward
Hathi Trust Digital Library - digitized books, some of historical interest
New York Public Library - digitized manuscripts and images from the library’s vast collections
Nineteenth Century Collections Online - digitized archival collections on children’s lit, travel, photography, and women
One American Dream
Keywords and controlled vocabulary (subject headings)
- Remember that the Library of Congress subject heading is very broad and may seem to be irrelevant.
National Characteristics, American
New business enterprises
United States -- Foreign public opinion, Chinese or Asian.....
Others are pretty straightforward once you find them:
United States -- Emigration and immigrationPlus names of specific groups: Italian Americans
Immigrants -- United States
Same Sex Marriage
Search our Collection, Allecat
Search Worldcat : Please pay close attention to subject headings you discovered in Allecat; reuse them in Worldcat. Click on new subject headings and add keywords to your search if needed. Always remember to ask for some help from a reference librarian. We can save you a lot of time
- You can always make an appointment with a librarian for more suggestions.