Library 101: Spotlight on… History

Posted on: Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jody Hanshew

If you need research materials on a historical topic, or just have an interest in history, Kelly Library has you covered. A good starting point would be our reference collection, both in print and online. The print reference section is on the main floor of Kelly Library and history reference works are primarily shelved in the Ds (Old World History), Es (General American History), and Fs (Local American History and Latin American History). However, history researchers will find plenty to explore in other areas as well. History reference works can be found in online databases such as Credo Reference, Oxford Reference, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Salem Reference (all accessible through the library’s A-Z Database page). Each database can be searched as an entire collection, narrowed to just reference books in the subject of history, or you can browse individual titles.

If you want to check out full length historical books, these can be found in the main collection on the top floor of the library. You can browse in the Ds, Es, and Fs, or find titles by searching the online catalog ( The catalog also includes ebooks which can be viewed online, or in the case of the EBSCO Ebook Collection, downloaded to your tablet device with the EBSCO app.

If you need journal articles you might want to start with an online index. America: History and Life covers the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Historical Abstracts covers world history (excluding the United States and Canada) since 1450. Other good databases for historical journal articles include Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and Project Muse.

For primary source material the library has several archival collections such as the American Civil War Letters and Diaries, North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, America’s Historical Newspapers, or Early American Imprints.

These resources and more can be found on the History Subject Resources section of our website (

The end of the semester is approaching quickly, so here are a few library related reminders:

The library will be extending our hours for finals starting April 25th. The extended hours will be posted on the library doors, the library Facebook page, and the library website.

For times when you can’t get to the library, remember that the library has dozens of databases, and thousands of e-books and e-journals that are accessible from the comfort of your dorm room or off-campus. A few excellent general databases to start your research with are Academic Search Complete, General OneFile, Credo Reference, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.   To access these electronic materials off-campus all you need is to start at the library webpage,, and when prompted for login use your Emory login and password.

Reference assistance is available by email, Il&M4i0HQ|ah@cA/8}6^v]#[%`o#{Sm7/oKJ#z}rv+vCl, by phone, x6208, as well as in person. Librarians are available seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters.

For those late night munchie attacks during finals, Sodexo provides cookies, coffee, and sodas in the lobby of the library so you can fuel up on sugar and caffeine.

Good luck on your final assignments and exams! And don’t forget to turn in those books, DVDs, and CDs before you leave for summer. 

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