Historical Interpretation

Historical Interpretation or historiography is the study of how historians portray the causes, conduct, and outcomes of a particular event or period in time.

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

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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 - Also called Oxford Index. 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.

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: Ken Burns' The Civil War(1990), Civil War in the West[streaming] (2005), Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 [streaming] (2010), and The Ultimate Civil War Series: New Birth of Freedom [streaming] (2015).

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

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

Citation Management Software

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations. You can also use Mendeley. Both are free!

Writing Assistance

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by the first floor of DeLaSalle, or call us: 925.631.4684