Foundations of the British Peoples to 1485

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Reference works

American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (Trexler Library Reference 016.9 C946 1995).
A well-known bibliography covering a wide range of historical topics.

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000 (Trexler Library Reference 306.09403 E56o)
Signed articles. Invited authors.

Online library catalogs of primary and secondary resources (i.e. monographs/books)

Trexler Library Catalog
Catalog of all books and documents in Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College.

WorldCat ***RECOMMENDED***
Catalog of books and documents in libraries throughout the world. Watch especially for the AREA LIBRARIES designation.

Periodical articles (secondary)  that may alsocontain references to primary documents

general indexes with full text. . .

Academic Search Premier 
A subscription database. Good starting place for journals, and includes the full text of about 3000 journals. Limit to "peer reviewed" to find only scholarly articles. Back issues of journals begin as early as 1990. Recent issues may not be included yet, due to publisher agreement. Journals held in Trexler Library are marked accordingly.

A subscription database. Includes extensive full text, scholarly.

Google Scholar
An open-access web crawler that looks for content it identifies as "scholarly." Emphasis is on books and journal articles. Intended as a "federated search" to search across disciplines (weighted toward sciences and social sciences). Not always full text. Check our Journal Locator (see above) to see if Muhlenberg has access to the full text.

subject-specialty indexes. . .

A subscription. A bit unwield. Specializes in Medieval and Renaissance.

Historical Abstracts
A subscription database. Standard index for European history, but emphasis is on post-1492. Some full text links.

getting to the full text. . .

Once you have found the citation of a journal article you're interested in, click on the Get It link found next to the citation, or run a journal title search in Trexler Library's online catalog.

articles via interlibrary loan. . .

Journal articles not found in Trexler Library can be ordered on interlibrary loan.

Web search engines and directories

Google (
Non-selective. One of the largest web crawlers.

Intute (
The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in the database and write high quality descriptions of the resources.

Style guides

For tips on citing print and electronic sources in the Chicago style, visit Trexler Library's Citation Guides for Print and Electronic Resources. For a more complete guide to the Chicago style, visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

For automated citation, try the shareware Zotero. Here is a user guide.

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