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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History 200F: Class and Citizenship in Postwar America: the Rise and Fall of the American Working Classes

A course guide, focusing on 1930-2000.

Labor Union Periodicals

The Library has a large collection of labor union periodicals, both in print and on microfilm. Begin browsing at call number 331.805-. We also have titles in print, so you might consider browsing in the Main Stacks a 331.805- and Q.331.805- (call numbers that begin with "Q." are over-sized, and often shelved separately).

1. America: History and Life

The two main article databases for history are Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life. One or the other of these databases is usually the best starting place to search for scholarly articles in English on topics in history, and for this class you'll probably be using America: History and Life.

America: History and Life covers articles, book reviews, and dissertations on all periods of North American history published since 1964, and in some cases it provides links to the full text of the articles online. Historical Abstracts covers articles, book reviews, and dissertations published since 1954 on all aspects of world history, excluding North America, from 1450 to the present.

If you select the Easy Search tab on the Library Gateway, your search will be run in America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, as well as several other multidisciplinary sources. In addition, you can click on “Easy Search” under Quick Links on that page to get the option to limit your search to articles on history.

Searching these databases directly, rather than through Easy Search, offers you more search options. You can browse a list of subject terms by clicking on "Index" on the left side of the blue bar across the top of the screen.  (Choose "Subject terms" from the drop-down menu and enter your term in the "Browse" search box.)  You can construct Boolean searches by using the Advanced Search option and combine keywords or subject terms or both. 

Your search results display as short records, which you can expand by clicking on the title. The full entry shows you an abstract or summary of the article. Some of the records provide a link to the full text of the article.

2. Other Article Databses

3. Ejournals

There are several major collections of full-text electronic journals. In these databases you can browse individual issues of journals, or you can do a search across the entire database.

To get to JSTOR, go to the "Quick Links" on the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library web site, or go to Online Research Resources and type "JSTOR" in the search box. Some of the titles you will find in JSTOR:

  • Ethnohistory
  • Hispanic American Historical Review
  • English Historical Review
  • American Journal of Legal History
  • Journal of African American History (and its predecessor, Journal of Negro History)
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of Social History
  • The Economic History Review
  • Diaspora: Journal of Transnational Studies
  • Journal of Asian American Studies
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • History and Memory
  • Journal of Social History
  • Radical History Review
  • Journal of Women's History
  • Oral History Review

To get to Project Muse, go to the "Quick Links" on the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library web site, or go to Online Resources from the Library Gateway and type "Project Muse" in the search box.

The full text of recent issues of twenty scholarly journals in history is available through the History Cooperative, which includes the American Historical Review, Law and History Review, Oral History Review, Journal of Social History, Common-place, Labour History, and Labour/Le Travail. To get to History Cooperative, go to the "Quick Links" on the HPNL web site.