News as Historical Record

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 14th, 2015

Need news coverage of your historical topic, from the time it occurred?

Consider using any of the library’s news collections, including: NBC LearnNewspapers 1851 -2004Newspapers 1690 -2000.

A quick overview:


Dear American Government class,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 24th, 2015

Researching polarization in U.S. government?  Below are recommended research sources purchased by the library.  The EbscoHost Academic Search Premiere collection will help to satisfy the academic article requirement; the additional sources will help you HH!

CQ Researcher: Analytic reports, background and historical data, about 15-30 pages in length, focused on contemporary issues.  CQ reports are designed to be written in an impartial manner and also include a pro & con on either side of the issue.

Here is  their 2/2014 report on polarization (& impact) in U.S. government

Here’s their 2004 report on the same issue, in case history matters?

Here also is a link to all the CQ Reports focused on Congress.

One can of course search the contents of all the reports for key words (i.e. cloture).

For some fast statistics, Statista could be helpful.

For example, a search for ‘Primaries’ brings up statistics that might bolster an argument for Open Primaries.

And yes, Ebscohost!  Specifically their journal collection ‘Academic Search Premiere’.  Their interface offers a relevant-enhancing subject search.

Here is a search in Ebsco for a subject of “compulsory voting” combined with a subject search for “united states.”  (Interesting that the eldest article is from 1949?).

Also, most of the articles in this Ebsco collection are academic journals; there are some magazine titles in the database as well as an occasional newspaper.  It’s possible to filter those out, using the limiters under the full-text check box (above), yet, they may still provide helpful information in a readable presentation.

The library  has also purchased from Ebsco the most current and full archive of 3 important periodicals that cover U.S. Politics (& other topics): The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic.  All three can be searched at once.

  • Visit the library’s  EBSCOhost master list
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of databases
  • Select the last 3 (the titles mentioned above)
  • Search and review

For example, here’s a search for both a subject of “united states economic conditions” with a second subject of “income distribution.”

The SPS site license to the New York Times will likely offer some quality reporting on some of these issues.  For additional newspaper commentary, the library’s subscription to National Newspapers Core, (from library vendor Proquest) offers a handful of major U.S. papers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The LA Times and The Washington Post as well as the New York Times in a text-only format.

Questions? Comments or conundrums? Do be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn


19th Century US Newspapers

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 19th, 2015

The library recently added a collection of 19th Century US Newspapers to its digital holdings.

This eCollection includes 500 U.S. newspapers, from the time period 1800-1900.

This product can be consecutively searched with other library-purchased products from this company (Gale), including the Times of London, via the Newsvault search page.


Gale Newsvault. Gale. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.



WWI Elective

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 13th, 2014

McMaster_ World_War_1914-1918_collection_Box 20_Folder 420_00116

Peace Conference at Versailles. 1919. McMaster University Library, Ontario. First World War, Adam Matthew. Web. 10 Nov. 2014 <>.


Looking for content to support the Treaty of Versailles cosplay?

A few recommendations, first, some eCollections purchased by the library:

Free on the web:

  •  This German-based (with 50 international contributors) WWI database just launched last month (it got some good reviews in the library media):
  • Europe’s digital library (digitized content from Europe’s libraries, museums and archives) :
  • Includes a WWI specific portal this past Spring (includes contributed content from DPLA, below):
  • Digital Public Library of American (digitized content from U.S libraries, museums and archives) :

Questions?  Comments?  Please be in touch!  🙂  Ms. Sanborn


Homepage. Europeana: 1914-1918. 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

The New York Times dot com

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 23rd, 2014


The Library just purchased campus-wide access to the site!

Two items to note:


  • Access to the site is available when on the grounds only. Remote access via is not available.


Want more news?  Check here for a list of all of the library’s newspaper collections, digital and print.


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