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HIST 153--History of Michigan: Reference Databases

by Cindy L. Yonovich


Handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias--
  • For overview info, definitions, historical perspective, & statistics
  • Coverage for a wide variety of disciplines & topics
  • Find primary and secondary resources
  • Formats include online or in print
  • Ask the librarian or your instructor for assistance


Search two ways--
  • Enter terms in the Basic Search Box, click on Search button
    • Topic Page is often the first entry, then reference entries
    • Browse the entries
    • Click on the title to see the article
    • Click on PRINT icon to print the article
      • Article opens in a PDF
      • MLA & APA citations print on separate page -OR-
  • Click on the BROWSE link
    • Open the TITLES link
    • Click on the link for a discipline
    • Scroll through the titles listed
    • Select a reference work to search
      • Enter your search terms
      • Click on the title of an article
      • PRINT article & citation page
  • Search term examples--
    • Automotive industry
    • Detroit
    • Great Depression
    • Michigan
    • Racism
    • Recession
    • Riot
    • Studs Terkel
    • Vietnam War


History>Defining Documents in American History: Eras--primary source documents – many in their entirety. Each document is supported by a critical essay, written by historians and teachers, that includes a Summary Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes.
For HIST 153--
  • Defining Documents in American History: World War II (1939–1946)
  • Defining Documents in American History: Postwar 1940s (1945–1950)
  • Defining Documents in American History: The Vietnam War (1956–1975)
  • Defining Documents in American History: Civil Rights (1954–2015)
Click on document link--
    • Read SUMMARY, DEFINING MOMENT & BIOGRAPHY for historical context
    • Read HISTORICAL DOCUMENT for primary source
    • Read DOCUMENT ANALYSIS & ESSENTIAL THEMES for historical significance
  • Tools box in left frame:
    • Print this article
    • Article Citation
      • Select MLA format
      • Copy & paste


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