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Use the following strategies to locate primary sources in a catalog (Miami’s catalog, OhioLINK, Worldcat and others):

  1. Search by keyword in a boolean search. For example (obsteric* or midwi*) and then limit by date of publication.
  2. Search by “corporate author,” that is who (person, organization) would have written or produced the primary source. The “official body”. Examples might be the United Nations, United Auto Workers, American Temperance Society.
  3. Search either by subject or keyword (a very broad topic search) and then limit by
    • sources
    • documents
    • statistics
    • antiquities
    • correspondence
    • diaries
    • personal narratives
    • pictorial works

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Historical Newspapers and Magazines

Times Digital Archives, 1785-2010 – Full text of the London Times newspaper. Provides access to European and world cultures and events.

New York Times Historical – Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to three years ago, with page images, advertisements, illustrations in downloadble PDFs.

Washington Post Historical – Full-text from its beginning in 1877 until 1990. The database delivers every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF. It includes display and classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary, literary criticism as well as articles.

Vogue Archive – The entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand name.

Other Collections

American Consumer Culture –  Provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognized ‘father’ of Motivational Research

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries – Diaries and letters of British and Irish women in the UK and abroad. Aside from a keyword index, the database also has indexes for author characteristics, places, dates, and personal events.

March of Time – A controversial film series that ran from 1935-1967. The “issues”, as the newsreels were called, were a blend of confrontational journalism and docudrama, often using actors to stage events that had not been photographed on newsreel cameras.

Vintage Ad Browser – Over 123,000 advertisements from comic books,  magazines, websites, and more. Searchable and browseable by topic.

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Secondary Source Articles

These resources will require log in with Miami ID and password when accessed off campus

Humanities International Complete – Go to “Choose databases” at the top of the page and add Humanities Full Text and Historical Abstracts. These databases have articles from scholarly journals like Journal of European Popular Culture, Studies on Popular Culture, Studies in Popular Culture, and Early Popular Visual Culture.

JSTOR – Full text scholarly articles across many academic disciplines. Most JSTOR articles are not newer (published in the last 3-5 years).

Project Muse – Similar to JSTOR in that it includes scholarly journal articles across many different disciplines, but also includes a small collection of e-books.

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Q & A on Chicago Style

Q. How do I format my paper according to Chicago Style? What spacing and font should I use? What should my title page look like?
A. General Chicago Style Formatting Info
Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper? What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics
Q. How do I cite a book, article, website, etc. on my References page?
A. Books  |  Articles  |  Websites and Other Electronic Resources
Q. Can I see a sample paper in Chicago Style?
A. Sample Paper

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