Category: History

Public Databases via Milne! Feed your urge to learn!

CIA World Factbook, PubMed, New York Public Library, WorldCat, ERIC — these are just a few of many databases freely available to the community. Use them for your research needs, or feed your desire to learn!  Visit our Alumni and Community Services page for more. As always, check out our complete A-Z Databases List at https://libguides.geneseo.edu/az.php

Databases freely available:

  • Agricola – Citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators.
  • ArXiv – Open access to e-prints in Physics, Math, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library – A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries, collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
  • BioMedCentral Open Access – A publisher of open access journals in the sciences and medicine.
  • CIA World Factbook – Information on the history, people, government, economy, etc… for world entities.
  • CiteSeerX – Public search engine and digital library for scientific and academic papers, primarily in the fields of computer and information science.
  • ERIC – ERIC The world’s largest digital library of education literature.
  • GPO Access – Official, full-text information from the three branches of the Federal Government.
  • Google Scholar – Search engine for scholarly information from institutional repositories, publisher websites, etc…
  • Library of Congress Virtual Reference Shelf – Online reference materials in all subjects.
  • New York Public Library  – Some New York Public Library databases can be remotely accessed. Check the website for latest access information.
  • NOVELny – New York Online Virtual Electronic Library – provides free access for NY residents to databases such as Business & Company Resource Center, ProQuest Platinum, Grolier Online, and Health & Wellness Resource Center. Check the website for latest access information.
  • PubMed – Provides access to the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE and other related databases.
  • SciElo – Scientific Electronic Library Online Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Applied Social Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Human Sciences, Odontology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Health
  • Wellcome Library Major resource for medical history, contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society
  • Worldcat.org – Connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

US and Local History Resources via Milne!

Have a safe Fourth of July weekend! Historical map lovers, check out the U.S. Historical Maps Archive http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/us_states/states.html

govinfo.gov provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

New York State Historical Documents Inventory was created to make it easier for researchers to locate the primary source materials needed for the study of New York State’s history. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/hdi.htm

US Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Requires Geneseo account sign-in.

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/americanstudies Milne Library’s American Studies LibGuide

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/localhistory Milne Library’s Local History LibGuide

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/history Milne Library’s History LibGuide

 

 

 

New Resource at Milne! Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/plex

This archive is one of the first digital archives covering  a broad assortment of both far-right and left political groups. It offers a diverse

mixture of materials, including periodicals, campaign propaganda, government records, oral histories, and various ephemera.

Using Geneseo account access, you can view search results graphically to see changes and comparisons in time, and save and download documents.

You can also find this database on the Milne Library A-Z Databases page, https://libguides.geneseo.edu/az.php

 

ALUKA Resource at Milne! Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa

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Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
Repository: Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University
Collection: Southern Africa Magazine

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/african_struggles
Aluka Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region. The resource consists of  of more than 20,000 objects and 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, pamphlets, speeches, and interviews with those who participated in the struggles.

You can also find this resource  on the Milne Library A-Z Databases page, https://libguides.geneseo.edu/az.php

 

ALUKA Resources at Milne! World Heritage Sites: Africa

https://libguides.geneseo.edu/african_heritage
Aluka World Heritage Sites: Africa is made up of more than 86,000 objects in 30 sub-collections. The resource links visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites. The materials in World Heritage Sites: Africa serve researchers in African studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, Diaspora studies, folklore and literature, geography, and history, as well as those focused on geomatics, advanced visual and spatial technologies, historic preservation, and urban planning. The collection is also a tool for museums, libraries, NGOs, and government organizations that manage or oversee cultural heritage sites, as well as for experts and professionals engaged in the conservation and management of such sites.

You can also find these databases  on the Milne Library A-Z Databases page, https://libguides.geneseo.edu/az.php

 

Indigenous Peoples: North America Database

Indigenous Peoples: North America sources collections from across Canadian and American institutions, providing insight into the cultural, political and social history of Native Peoples from the seventeenth into the twentieth century.  This database includes manuscripts; book collections; newspapers from various tribe and Indian-related organizations; materials such as Bibles, dictionaries and primers in Indigenous languages. https://proxy.geneseo.edu/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/geneseo?db=INDP

You can also find the Indigenous Peoples: North America Database on the Milne Library A-Z Databases page, https://libguides.geneseo.edu/az.php

 

Researching Local or College History? Make an appointment or drop in!

Milne offers a handy Appointment Calendar: https://www.geneseo.edu/library/special-collections-milne-library

as well as drop-in hours:

  • Mondays: 1-4pm
  • Thursdays: 1-4pm

For in-depth research questions, including anything involving the Wadsworth Family Papers or the Carl Schmidt Collection in Historic Architecture, appointments are required.   Milne Special Collections has you covered!

Special Collections Appointment Calendar:

Black History Month: Databases and Resources for you!

February is Black History Month.  Milne Library offers databases and links to literature collections, news archives, scholarly research projects, historical archives, and much more.  Subjects include Abolitionism, the Civil Rights movement, Human Rights, Diversity, and Social Justice. Knowledge is power!

“A collection of current newspapers providing access to news from 1989-present and is cross-searchable.”
Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
“This collection consists of selected correspondence, financial records, contracts, and advertising materials from the Douglass Theater in Macon, Georgia.”
“This web site focuses on the central role played by ordinary people in the Civil Rights Movement.”
Access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.
“Digital library of images, audio, video, documents, and a variety of primary and secondary source materials generated after the death of Michael Brown in August, 2014. This collection is maintained and evaluated by Washington University, and other St. Louis-area institutions.”
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
“Based on Joseph Sabin’s landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900’s. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere.”
Slavery And Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive (Gale)
“The largest and most ambitious project of its kind, this collection is devoted to the scholarly study and understanding of slavery from a multinational perspective. An unprecedented collection developed under the guidance of a board of scholars, it offers never before available research opportunities and endless teaching possibilities.”

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
“A multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.”

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Publications
Publications, court cases, extremist files, Intelligence Project articles, Human Rights issues.

 

As always, visit Milne Library’s A-Z Database List for your research and learning needs! Knowledge is Power!

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History Professors Weed Milne Garden!

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What’s going on with all the books? WEEDING!

SUNY Geneseo History professors spent some time recently “weeding” the history books on Milne’s top floor. Weeding is the kinder, gentler word librarians use for discarding books!

The reality is that every library has to discard books from time to time, to make room for new books and to rid the collection of old, outdated, and possibly misleading books. In the science and medical section, for instance, a book from 1950 could be dangerous, with information that has long since been proven wrong!

Weeding the history section, however, can be tricky because a book whose information is out of date still has use for historiography purposes, in other words, to study the changing interpretation of historical events over time. So, for instance, a book published in 1962 that mentions Malcolm X might not be accurate in light of recent research about Malcolm X, but that 1962 book may be extremely useful as a primary source when studying changing attitudes about race in this country.

The history professors, then, had to determine the worth of each book as an information source, as a classic historical text, and as a primary source, as well as considering the condition of the book, how easy the book would be to obtain on interlibrary loan, and if students at Geneseo are studying the topic or not. If a book doesn’t meet the criteria, out it goes! Since January, 522 books have been weeded from the Milne history collection, and 129 new history books have been ordered so far to replace them.BWB

But don’t worry, the books we “weed” aren’t tossed in a garbage bin! We send them to a company called Better World Books, which re-sells them for us and sends us a portion of the profit, which we use to buy new books.  A portion of Better World Books’ profit also funds high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world.