HISTORY FAIR RESOURCES
Last Updated Sept. 2009
-Historic documents, eg .Annals of America, Historic Documents, Great American Speeches, etc.
-Diaries, memoirs, letters or journals
-Eyewitness accounts of the event or from the time found in books, magazines or newspapers
-Interviews of people from the era found in books, magazines or newspapers
Books: Use the online book catalog. Search by subject.
-Non-fiction: general history is the 900s, but you can also find the history of specific subject areas,
e.g. sports history in 700s, science history in 500s, social history in 300s, etc.
-Biographies: located in Biography section (B); collected bios in 920s
-Chicago history books are generally located in 917.73 and 977.31 or 973.311
Reference books: Use the online catalog or ask the librarian for assistance
-Biographical encyclopedias, R 920-928
-Subject specific references, e.g. Encyclopedia of World Religions, Encyclopedia of American Social History,
Lincoln Library of Sports Champions, Halliwell's Film Guide, etc.
-History encyclopedias and dictionaries, R 900-
-American history reference books and encyclopedias, R 973 -
-Illinois and Chicago history reference and encyclopedias, R 977- (eg. Encyclopedia of Chicago R 977.311)
-Time-lines, chronologies, and almanacs, e.g. The Timetables of Technology, Chronicle of America, Chronicle of
Century, This Day in
- Use Gale Virtual Reference Library to search a large full-text Reference e-book collection online
-Birth of America, Forging a More Perfect Union, the Federalist Years: indexes to colonial and United States
newspaper microfilm from 1756s –1800, see periodical reference area.
international, national and regional newspapers. Check title lists and date ranges.-Historical Newspapers online collection includes the New York Times Historical Archive (1851-2005),
-Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Daily Herald : hard-copy at desk and full-text in Newsbank's Chicagoland Newspapers
-American Heritage Magazine: index volume located in periodical reference area
-Other history magazines, e.g. American History, Smithsonian, History Today, Magazine of History,
Negro History Bulletin, Jrnl. of Modern History, Jrnl. of American History, Jrnl. of World History,
Chicago History Magazine: (index at circ desk); also Illinois Historic Journal, Historic Illinois, Illinois Heritage,
Illinois History, Illinois Issues, Illinois Magazine
-Use the following indexes and subscription databases to find magazine and journal articles:
-Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature: indexes magazines1957-1986
-EBSCO magazine archive online : indexes magazines 1980-present, provides mostly full-text
-Proquest Direct– online periodical index 1985-present provides mostly full-text- First Search - use Wilson Select Plus online periodical index.
-JSTOR - online historical collection of journals (date ranges vary)
Other Online sources: use library homepage to launch these resources:
-American History database-in ABC-CLIO Social Studies online
-Facts on File World News Digest for archived news and some primary source documents
-Utilize the Social Studies Web pages from the Library's Web Subject Directory
- Chicago Public Library's digital collections on Chicago history