Identifying Secondary Sources
Oregon Historical Society
Selected finding aids from the Oregon Historical Society Library and Archives in Portland:
Before you go, check out OHS hours and guidelines for using the library.
Online Primary Source Collections
American Labor Studies Center. Links to other sites (some scholarly, some not). http://www.labor-studies.org/
Bisbee Deportation of 1917 Collection at University of Arizona:
The Chinese in California, 1850-1925, Collection at Library of Congress:
Coal Mining in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Collection at Ohio State University:
Emma Goldman Papers at U.C. Berkeley:
Federal Writers' Project Life Histories at Library of Congress:
Federal Writers' Project Life Histories at Library of Virginia:
Haymarket Affair Collection at Library of Congress:
Haymarket Affair Collection at Chicago Historical Society:
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, Collection at Harvard University:
Labor Archives & Research Center from San Francisco State University. Many unions have made the Labor Archives the official repository for their historical records. http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/larc.php
Labor Archives Directory from the Society of American Archivists http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/labor/Labor_Archives_Directory.asp
Labor History Web Links collected and annotated by the UWA History Librarian: http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/tm/labor.html
Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World:
New Deal Network:
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at University of Washington:
Triangle Factory Fire Collection at Library of Congress:
U.S. Labor & Industrial History WWW Audio Archive from University at Albany, SUNY http://www.albany.edu/history/LaborAudio/
Voices From the Dustbowl: The Charles L. Todd and Margaret Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection at Library of Congress:
Women Working, 1800-1930, Collection at Harvard University:
WWW Virtual Library U.S. Labour History links to primary source collections from across the U.S. http://www.iisg.nl/w3vl/unitedstates.html
General Historical Collections
America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1876) Digitized historic newspapers. Check geographic coverage under places of publication.
American Periodicals Series: (1740-1900) Digitized American magazines and journals.
American Memory Project More than 9 million digitized items from the Library of Congress.
Avalon Project documents in law, history and diplomacy at Yale Law School Library.
Making of America a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction at the University of Michigan.
Government Documents Collections
Government documents can be a great source of information, including archival or primary sources.
Use the OSU Libraries' guide to Government Information to identify congressional publications (hearings, serial set, house/senate reports and documents, etc.) from 1789 to the present. Once you have identified them, then find the full text in print, microfiche, or online depending on availability. gives an overview of government publications and how to get them.
Look for dissertations in Dissertation Abstracts. You can request it from InterLibraryLoan and they will see if the owning university will lend a copy. If not you may be able to purchase one through UMI Dissertation Express.
Sometimes current dissertations are available full-text online through the owning university's library. Check that university's library catalog.
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Surveying & Finding Relevant Books
To identify the relevant books on a particular topic, begin by searching the Harvard University library catalog, HOLLIS: holliscatalog.harvard.edu.
To obtain a book, check holdings at OSU:
OSU Library Catalog
If OSU doesn't have your book, request it from a Summit or WorldCat library.
Northwest Digital Archives
The Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA) is a searchable database of archives in the northwest. Some materials are digitized. Most results will be finding aids, that is, detailed descriptions of the collections held by the archives.
Search by subject, by the type of material you're looking for, or by the "repository" or institution you want to visit.
Archives & Special Collections Outside Our Area
You may want to use primary documents from institutions that are too far to visit in person for the senior thesis, but whose collections have been partly copied or microfilmed and can be borrowed through ILL. To find primary sources across the country, search the following extensive databases.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections: http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
National Archives and Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/research/tools/
Statistical Abstracts current U.S.census information
Historical Statistics of the United States historical census info, 1610-2000
Current Newspaper Articles
Alternative Press Index
Lexis Nexis Academic Full-text to hundreds of national and international newspapers, some from 1980's-present. For the full-text of The Oregonian, 1987-present, choose News and checkmark The Oregonian as a Source. Tutorial.
Oregon Index Citations to Oregon newspapers, 1975-present.
PressDisplay Full-text to international and some U.S. newspapers, last 60 days.
Check out Cornell University Library's 2-minute video "Research Minutes: How to Identify Substantive News Articles."
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Writing Tools & Guides
The OSU Center for Writing and Learning offers free help with any writing task at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and organization to questions of grammar and usage, and it is open to all OSU students. Call (541) 737-5640 for an appointment. Students may also submit their work-in-progress to the Center's Online Writing Lab . Purdue University and the University of Toronto each host excellent on-line guides to academic writing, covering a wide range of questions and problems: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Proper Style and Citations
The senior thesis for this course must be fully referenced to the sources you use with endnotes or footnotes, in conformance with the Chicago Manual of Style. The full style manual is available in the reference section of the Valley Library, call no. 2253.U69 2003. But you can find pretty much everything you need for the thesis at these on-line digests: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html ; www.dianahacker.com/resdoc.p04_c10_s1.html ; or http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/DocChicago.html .
Perhaps the best short guide to grammar-all you probably need to know in a half-hour's reading-can be found in William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, available in the Valley Library at call no. PE1408.S73 1972 and PE1408.S772 1979a. You can find an online version of the first, 1918 edition of this class text at http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html . There are many other on-line grammar guides; two especially strong ones are:
The University of Illinois Grammar Handbook: http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/writer_resources/grammar_handbook/grammar_handbook.htm
Darling's Guide to Grammar and Writing: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/