The Korean War
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Using Catalogs to locate books:
- Search by Keyword
- Find and Use Subject Headings
- When possible, browse the shelves by Call Number
2.) MeLCat ( includes WMU's libraries)
3.) WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog
Examples of Reference Books
- American Decades
Ref. E169.12 .A419 1994 v.1-10
- The Cambridge History of the Cold War
Ref. D842 .C295 2010
- Cold War America, 1946 to 1990
Ref. E741 .G76 2003
- The Cold War presidency: a documentary history
Ref. E 176.1 L265 2007
- The Columbia chronicles of American life, 1910-1992
Ref. E169.1 .G667 1995
- Encyclopedia of the Korean War: a political, social, and military history
Ref DS 918 .E53 2000
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the twentieth century
Ref. E740.7 .E53 1996 v.1-5
- Great debates at the United Nations: an encyclopedia of fifty key issues 1945-2000
Ref. KZ 4968 .G67 2001
- Historical dictionary of the Cold War
Ref D843 .S547 2000
- The Koreas
Ref. DS 904 .K66 2009
FINDING JOURNAL ARTICLES
Scholarly journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers
- Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
- Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
- Articles must go through a peer-review process.
- Articles usually report original scholarly research.
Religious Studies Review
Journal of Religion
Sociology of Religion
- Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
- There is no peer review process. Articles are checked by editors or publishers.
- Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
- Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).
U.S. News and World Report
Indexes will lead you to article citations that include
author, article title, journal title, volume number, publication
date, and page number. Citations do not include the entire
article. You must locate the journal once you have a
America: History and Life < about >
Covers the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Historical Abstracts < about >
Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excludes the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).
PAIS International < about > (Public Affairs Information Service)
Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) < about > Historical coverage for general and multidisciplinary magazines (you must enable popup windows)
Social Sciences Abstracts < about >
Social Sciences Abstracts is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals.
Do you have access to a journal?
1.)Online Journals at K
- Title search on Title of the Journal to locate article in a Full Text Database
- Title search on Title of the Journal to locate print journal
3.) WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog
Full text databases include citation information as
well as the text of the article itself.
Scholarly academic journals
MUSE < about
Scholarly academic journals
Research Library <
Can limit to scholarly academic journals
York Times (1851 to 3 years ago) <
PDF version of the historical New York Times. Looks exactly
like a copy of the paper.
Older Popular Magazines in owned by the K Library - links go to the magazine's record in Ariadne
The Atlantic, 1932 -
Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1932
Century (title changes - Century Magazine, Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine) 1882-1930
Christian Century, 1923 -
Current History 1919-
Harper’s Magazine, 1913 -
Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1900-1913
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1850-1900
Life, 1936 -
The Nation, 1905 -
The National geographic magazine, 1889- present
The New Yorker, 1936 -
Saturday Review, 1929 -
Time, 1930 -
US News & World Report, 1948-
WMU: Historical Newspapers
Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945)
Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
The Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
Chicago Tribune (1849-1987)
Christian Science Monitor (1908-1997)
Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)
Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
Los Angeles Times (1881-1987)
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
The New York Times (1851-2007) w/ Index (1851-1993)
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
The Wall Street Journal (1889-1993)
The Washington Post (1877-1994)
WMU: Times Digital Archives
200 years of this British newspaper. PDFs of each article and of the full page.
Note: The Kalamazoo Gazette is available on microfilm at the Kalamazoo Public Library.
PRIMARY SOURCES AND OTHER WEBSITES
The American Presidency Project The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913), The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-1993), The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Clinton - Obama (1993-2009). The archive also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates.
CIA FOIA - Special Collections: Korean War This collection includes more than 1,300 documents consisting of national estimates, intelligence memo, daily updates, and summaries of foreign media concerning developments on the Korean Peninsula during 1947 - 1954.
Foreign Relations of the United States Hosted at the University of Wisconsin, the Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.
Foreign Relations Volumes:
1861 to Date Volumes post-1960 online can be found here.
Korean War Project founded by Hal Barker, a main founder of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Fund. Not scholarly, but useful.
Life Magazine Photo Archives
The Cold War and the Marshall Plan Links suggested by the National Archives.
Military Resources: Korean War Links suggested by the National Archives.
Naval History & Heritage Command Includes a special photo collection: The Korean War, June 1950-June 1953
Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Oral History Project at Rutgers University Contains the personal narratives of New Jersey and/or Rutgers men and women who served on the home front and overseas during World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the nation's most recent conflicts.
Hathi Trust A partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved, digitized, and accessible to researchers.
Internet Archive Created to offer permanent access for researchers and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Good source for newsreel footage.
Intute A good place to search for websites that have been vetted by librarians and teachers.
Cold War International History Project Supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources.
Korean National War Museum The purpose of the museum is to honor, educate, and preserve the legacy and history of the Korean War through exhibits, our collection, programs, and educational outreach;
Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW Magazine Includes full-test issues of the magazine back to 2009.
Dept. of Defense 60th anniversary commemoration of Korean War Through 2013, the 60th Anniversary Committee will honor the service and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans, commemorate the key events of the war, and educate Americans of all ages.
Korean War Veteran Association Organization for Korean War and Korea service veterans.
What is a Primary Source?
A primary source records or documents events as seen or experienced directly by witnesses or persons involved in those events.
What Are Primary Sources?
Nutshell Definition from the Library of Congress
For more detailed explanations with examples:
What are Primary Sources? (great site!) From UC Berkeley Library
Using Primary Sources on the Web (also excellent!) From the Reference & User Services Association
What are Primary Resources? from the UCLA Institute
CITING YOUR SOURCES in the MLA style
See also: How
to Cite Sources
For help with citing online sources, see
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
6th ed. New York : Modern Language Association of America,
(Ref. LB2369 .G53)
Hornet, Kay. "Kalamazoo's Inspirational
College Mascots." Jivin' in the Hive 26.3 (1999)
Reader, Avid, and Perma Bound. A Comprehensve
History of Books and Bookmaking in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo:
City Press, 1933.
Seashore, Shelly. "Bathing Cap Use in Kalamazoo,
Michigan." Sand, Soil, and Toil: Beaches in
the American Midwest. Ed. Ivana Suntann and Misty
C. Weed. Chicago: Flaming Dune Publications, 1998. 234-267.
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To avoid plagiarism, you must cite:
- spoken and written quotations
- ideas and opinions
- facts that are not general knowledge
- paraphrases of all of the above
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