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FSHIST 201: The American Dream  

Spring 2017
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Databases to use:

For Books:

  • 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:

For Journal Articles:

Subjects: History, social and cultural studies of the United States. and Canada.
Contains: Abstracts to articles, books, and book reviews from prehistory to the present.

Subjects: All disciplines
Contains: Full text articles from scholarly or academic journal titles also contains some books.
Coverage: Varies; NOT current, generally 3-5 year delay.

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


and more

Legal Records

Lexis-Nexis Academic – full text access to court decisions, also some press coverage


Business Records

MergenT Archives – full text access to business and corporate records


Historical Newspapers

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


Pelletier Library Research Prize


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 
    Educational equalization
    New business enterprises
    Business enterprises
    United States -- Foreign public opinion, Chinese or Asian.....

    Others are pretty straightforward once you find them:

    United States -- Emigration and immigration
    Immigrants -- United States

    Plus names of specific groups: Italian Americans

    Same Sex Marriage
    Civil Unions

    Suburban Homes

    Search our Collection, Allecat

    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.


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