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Yale National Initiative Seminar: American Global Power from Empire to Superpower: Home
This guide is intended for participants in Professor David Engerman's YNI Seminar and provides an overview of resources in the Yale Library for your seminar projects this summer.
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.
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!
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.
This link goes directly to the page for global history titles in the "Cambridge Histories" series, where you'll find multi-volume titles, including The Cambridge History of America and the World, in four volumes, vol. 4 edited by Professor Engerman et al. Additional titles include The Cambridge History of the Cold War,The Cambridge History of Communism, and The Cambridge History of the Pacific Ocean (available summer 2022).
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:
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.
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.
Part of the ProQuest History Vault (see below), these collections include diplomatic materials from U.S. embassies and legations in Japan; Cuba; El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua; Iran; Iraq; Beirut; Jerusalem; Aden; Lebanon; Russia and the Soviet Union.
The databases in the ProQuest History Vault represent digital scans of archival materials that were originally microfilmed. Often, it can be helpful to consult the microfilm guides for more scholarly and archival context.
Provides access to primary source, cross-searchable, full-text, full-image documents related to 19th and 20th-century U.S. history.
* The collections in "American Politics and Society" and "International Relations and Military Conflicts" may be of special interest. Each collection is itself extensive, usually consisting of tens of original archival collections from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and other archival repositories. Take a few minutes to browse the contents of the database by clicking on the "Read more" links where they appear.
Potentially several collections of interest here. Provides access to 205 digitized manuscript collections. Click on the "Collections" link for an overview. Filter by "Topic" in order to browse by subject areas including American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, etc.
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.