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HIST 793: Research Seminar in International and Global History: Home
This page is intended for students in Professor Odd Arne Westad's course and provides a brief overview of resources in the Yale Library for your research projects this semester.
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.
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.
Get It @ Yale
Get It @ Yale brings together three services of the Yale Library that greatly facilitate research work: Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan, and Scan & Deliver. Borrow Direct will furnish rapid delivery of titles from a small group of partner libraries if the book isn't available at Yale. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a larger library partnership that can provide scans of journal articles that aren't available at Yale as well as loans of physical items such as books and microforms. Scan & Deliver will fulfill requests to have journal articles, book chapters, and limited pages from microforms held in the Yale Library scanned by members of the library staff and provided to you electronically. All of the Get It @ Yale services help to make your research more efficient, so please don't hesitate to use them or to reach out with any questions about them as you work on your essay!
Yale Library Subject Specialists and Subject Guides
Don't hesitate to reach out to a subject specialist to schedule a research consultation or for assistance finding resources for your research!
Links appear here to the journals recommended by Professor Westad for research in global history. Earlier years are available for several of these journals. To find complete listings, search for the journal via our E-Journals search page. Please note: If you're ever searching for a journal that isn't available electronically, try searching for the paper version through the library catalog by doing a "Journal Title" search in Books+ or Orbis.
Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start your research and can be extremely useful, especially if you're venturing into a new research area for your project. They include bibliographies, scholarly encyclopedias, historical dictionaries, handbooks, and other works that provide overviews of topics and suggestions for finding both primary and secondary sources.
This link goes directly to the page for global history titles in the "Cambridge Histories" series, where you'll find multi-volume titles such as The Cambridge History of the Cold War (edited by Professor Westad et al.),The Cambridge History of Communism,The Cambridge History of the Pacific Ocean (available summer 2022), and The Cambridge History of America and the World.
Oxford Bibliographies offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics across varied subject areas. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable.
A large collection of resources. The Wiley Companions will be especially useful. Navigate to "Humanities" and then "History" in order to find a detailed listing of titles by subfield.
Secondary Sources/Subject Databases
Subject-specific databases are a key resource for finding secondary literature, including the latest scholarly journal articles in the field, and the main subject databases for finding historical literature are:
A collection of several sets of news sources, newspapers, and journals -- contemporary and historical. Includes historical New York Times and Washington Post, and several more historical newspaper titles.
Provides access to primary source, cross-searchable, full-text, full-image documents related to 19th and 20th-century U.S. history. Several collections can be found under "International Relations and Military Conflicts."
Documents include conference proceedings, reports of international women's organizations, publications and web pages of women's non-governmental organizations, and letters, diaries, and memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-nineteenth century.
Includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler colonialism in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Declassified U.S. government documents (memoranda, cables, intelligence briefs, presentations, military manuals and directives, etc.) on the United States' nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs from 1942-present.