Wednesday, February 2, 2011

America at War

Please keep track of sources as you go. 
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All of these are pretty easy to look up in the online catalog except the colonial wars and the Indian wars, because they stretch over time and place. Most books on these topics are in the 973.2 section, but there are regional books on the colonies in the 974s - you'll remember those from the colonies project. 

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You will need to log in to access these. Remember that ABC-CLIO and Gale eBooks have different login information. All log on information is available on the database page and in the Library Moodle. To access the database page, do not enter your personal user name and password. The correct one can be found on page 41 of your NCHS planner.
Remember that you can search all of these at once through the Gave Virtual Reference Library portal.

For all wars, you can start with ABC-CLIO: World at War

For the following wars, use History Resource Center and the Proquest Historical Hartford Courant (goes back to 1775) when you are done with ABC-CLIO
  • North American Colonial Wars to 1775
  • American Revolution 1775-1883
  • American Indian Wars 1492-1890
  • War of 1812
  • Mexican-American War 1846-1848
For the following wars, use History Resource Center and ProQuest Historical Newspapers when you are done with ABC-CLIO. Remember that the names of wars change over time, and that in ProQuest Historical Newspapers, you need to use the original terminology (i.e., World War I was called "The Great War" until World War II, but not until after the Treaty of Versailles - during the actual conflict, it didn't have a name, it was just called war). For 20th century wars, SIRS Decades might have some primary sources.

  • American Civil War 1861-1865
  • Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars 1898-1902
  • World War I 1914-1917
  • World War II 1939-1945
  • Cold War 1945-1989
  • Korean War 1950-1953
  • Arab-Israeli Wars 1948-1973
  • Vietnam War 1961-1975
For the following wars, use ProQuest Platinum, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, and Global Issues in Context, when you are done with ABC-CLIO. You might find primary sources in SIRS Decades might have some primary sources.
  • Persian Gulf War 1990-1991
  • Afghanistan War, 2001-
  • Iraq War, 2003-
Watch this 3 minute video tutorial on how to access Al-Jazeera transcripts in Global NewsBank.

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