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This course guide is intended to assist students in their research projects for the course Communism and Anticommunism in the 20th Century United States (HIST 161J), taught by Professor Beverly Gage during Spring term 2022 at Yale University. The selection of resources included in this guide is not intended to be comprehensive.
Students in HIST 161J should feel free to contact any of the following librarians as a starting point for research assistance with their projects for this course.
Joshua Cochran: Archivist for American Diplomacy, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library - firstname.lastname@example.org
James Kessenides: Kaplanoff Librarian for American History, Sterling Memorial Library - email@example.com
Bill Landis: Associate Director for Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library - firstname.lastname@example.org
Yale Library Search Tools
The main search tools for finding books, articles, databases, archival collections, and more at Yale (and beyond) can all be found on the "Find, Request, and Use" page of the library's website. Here are a few quick refreshers, but be sure to visit the page for a full overview:
Searches books, e-books, journals (but not individual articles), government documents, and other physical and digital items. It's the classic catalog of Yale Library *not* including items from the Law Library. Can be used to find both primary and secondary sources.
If your topic relates to legal history or potentially involves research in legal materials, be sure to include Morris in your search, or alternatively to use Books+ (which searches both Morris and Orbis).
A combined search of the library's books, journals and journal articles, licensed databases, digitized archival collections, and more. Searches Orbis as well as Morris, which is the Law Library catalog. A vast, Google-like search, but some library materials will still not be retrieved by it, and the advanced search refinements and options to use just one part of Quicksearch or another can be key to running efficient, manageable, and successful searches.
Within Quicksearch, Books+ will limit your search to the books (and reports and numerous other monographs, as opposed to journal articles) that are found across the Yale Libraries. Orbis + Morris (Law Library) collections are searched together.
The search portal for finding archival materials at Yale. Look for the Scope & Contents notes, inventories, and PDF Finding Aids to assess the relevance of materials to your research project. Also see the Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale University for more information on finding, requesting, and using archival materials in the Yale Library.
Access to millions of digitized works and images from the Yale Library. This site is a living database, and new materials are added regularly.
Yale Library Special Collections
The Yale Library has seven different special collections units, all of which hold archival collections in addition to rare and unique books and other published and unpublished materials that can serve as primary sources for your research projects. Special collections materials are described in Orbis/Quicksearch and archival collections more specifically in Archives at Yale. Additionally, the following online guides will assist you in using Yale's special collections and finding primary sources for your research project.
A search portal to archival finding aids from over 1000 institutions. Start here when you are seeking to discover if there are any relevant archival collections for your research beyond Yale. The "Summary View" option is a useful way to filter your search results. Researchers searching Archive Grid can learn about items from archival collections around the world, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and request copies. Open access resource/no login required.