Portage District Library Quick Links

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Below are links, booklists, and information to help you get to unique and hard-to-find material on your topics. If you have any questions, please email Nicolette Sosulski or call 269/329-4544.

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Helpful links:

MuseumStuff.com is a web portal dedicated to helping you find museums and archives with information dedicated to your research project. This Handout includes a museum list for those related to different aspects of 20th century history, as well as a subject tree of history museums.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.

The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.

Best of History Web Sites
Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more. BOHWS has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, — and many others.

Internet Public Library
Contains an enormous searchable collection of librarian-investigated web pages verified for authority, accuracy, and timeliness.

Historical Newspapers

Google News Archive Search

Some full text historical news articles are available via Google News Archive; many are from smaller papers or are more current. Many major newspapers require a fee to view the full text. However, you may be able to get full text for free at Waldo (below) and you can view an abstract (summary) on the Google News Archive. Use the timeline feature to organize your articles in chronological order.

Historical Newspapers at Waldo Library (NOTE: You will need to got to Waldo to view the newspapers. The steps below will get you to the information quickly once you arrive.):

  1. Start out at the Waldo home page at http://www.wmich.edu/library/
  2. Select “Subject Specific Databases”
  3. Select “News and Current Events”
  4. Select “Historical Newspapers”
  5. Find all sorts of newspapers from mid-18th century and later

Maximize Your Trip to Waldo/Using Google Scholar

  1. Start out at http://www.scholar.google.com . Google Scholar has academic sources, white papers, conference presentations, court cases, and patents. It is a friendlier search—not so picky about terms. Find an article or book that you like. You get the citation for the article that you want (article title, author, and journal title, with issue information), and then go to the…
  2. Waldo web page’s “Journals” tab on the WMU Libraries page. Enter the journal title that you want, say Journal of the American Society for Information Science . Hit “Find it @WMU”.
  3. Select the line with the journal title on it and click.
  4. This brings you to the databases containing that journal with a list of the issues in that database. If your article is in that year range, you will be able to retrieve that article at Waldo (this only works within Waldo, unless you have access to a Bronco card) by clicking on that link, getting into a search page, and entering the title of the article.

Journals, Newspapers, and Reference Books Online (Online Databases)

Michigan Electronic Databases (Access using your Portage District Library card or Michigan driver’s license number)
These databases are a mix of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles (both full text and abstracts), maps, graphics, graphs, and reference books. These are accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

Portage District Library Databases (Access using your Portage District Library card)
These databases are a mix of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles (both full text and abstracts), maps, graphics, graphs, and reference books. Most are accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Some are available only inside the Portage District Library building.

Interlibrary Loan

If you want a book and neither PCHS library nor Portage District Library has it, you can search several Michigan libraries for the book and request it. The book will be delivered to the Portage District Library and you check it out and return it there. Make sure you give yourself time for this — some books may take a couple of weeks to arrive. You need a Portage District Library Card to use this service. If you live in Kalamazoo, you may use your Kalamazoo Public Library card. Your book will then be delivered to the

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