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Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

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Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), focusing on the 15th century forward.

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This reference database offers access to nearly 65,000 essays contained in some 5,300 anthologies and collections. Some 320 single and multi-author collections are indexed annually, plus more than 20 selected annuals and serials. Coverage spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences, with subject coverage ranging from economics, political science, and history to criticism of literary works, art history, drama, and film

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Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage varies by journal title, generally to within a few years of current publication. Mobile-friendly site.

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Readers’ Guide offers full coverage of the original paper volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, the index of subjects in the popular press which has been hailed by Library Journal as one of the “50 Best Reference Sources for the Millennium.”

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Oxford Bibliographies - Browse a variety of topics and areas for annotated bibliographies, put together by scholars.  Please note that this is a subscription database, and the library does not subscribe to it.  So far, though, Oxford has allowed browsing of this valuable collection.  

Films and Documentaries

To find films and documentaries in your subject area, try searching Albert.  Limit in the drop-down menu to Films/Videos and do a keyword search in your topic.  There are physical films and documentaries (either DVD, BluRay, or in a few cases, VHS) which can be checked out.  The majority of the films are available via streaming.  These are all accessible from Albert.

Examples of films include: Prelinger Archives. Atom Bomb (1955), The End of Innocence (2012), and Our Hiroshima (1995).

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For world newspapers, use LexisNexis and Access World News.  Neither database has  a great backfile, so the stories are pretty current, most of them are from the 1990's and later.  This varies from title to title:

 Choose the geographic area of interest to search for news items.


 To search in newspapers from a specific geographic area, look for Find Sources at the top of the page, and click on the Browse button.  Here you can select the type of source you wish to search, and specify a particular geographic area.  The icon next to the specific sources is clickable, and will allow you to see the coverage for that particular source.
Asia: Atom Bomb

Try searching Albert using terms like: historiography and the name of the event. For example, historiography atomic focus on the Atomic bomb during World War II.  You can do a similar search in Link+.

A Companion to World History - an ebook from Wiley ebooks, which "presents over 30 essays from an international group of historians that both identify continuing areas of contention, disagreement, and divergence in world and global history, and point to directions for further debate."

Atomic Bomb: Decision contains full text of most of the important documents surrounding the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and later Nagasaki.

World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the war's aftermath, with general themes: a handbook of literature and research - an ebook from ebrary.

Cambridge History of the Cold War - From Cambridge Histories Online, browse this title by chapter, or search within the book itself for essays relating to the atomic bomb.  Includes scholarly references.

The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations - In particular, volumes 3-4 deal with the era of the atomic bomb.

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Citing Sources

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed).  (Ref 808.02 Un3e).  Also available Online.

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