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HST 3600 - Environmental History: Home

Class guide to resources covering the subject of environmental history.

HST 3600: What is the difference between scholarly and popular sources and "vanity" publishing? What constitutes a viable source?

For research papers at this level, you are generally expected to use secondary sources that are scholarly.  Here are some resources that will help you to differentiate scholarly articles and books from popular and self-published books.

Your professor may also require that you must use scholarly articles from scholarly history journals only.  If this is the case, focus on using the databases America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, and JSTOR.  When you use JSTOR, limit your searching to the category for history journals, but be aware there may still be a few journals from other disciplines in your results.  In those cases, it is a good idea to see if the author's departmental affiliation is listed on the article.  If you still have any doubt about whether the journal is acceptable, check with your professor.

In EBSCO products, the difference between "Peer review" and "Academic journals" is that peer reviewed results will include book reviews and opinion pieces from the journal while academic journals will not include book reviews and opinion pieces.  To eliminate book reviews and opinion pieces from your "Peer review" results simply select "Academic journals" in the limiters on the left side of the page.


If you need to search for books, there are three options at your disposal: the University Libraries, OhioLINK and WorldCAT catalogs.  If you're having trouble finding a book's availability, be sure to contact me.

You find books in catalogs or databases. You can begin with the Wright State catalog. If you're having trouble finding books on your topic in the WSU catalog, try using the OhioLINK catalog. If you're searching in the OhioLINK catalog, remember to look under Library Holdings to see if Wright State owns the book before you request it.

You can also find books in a database called WorldCat. WorldCat has all the stuff--books, journals, archives, sound recordings and more!--from most university libraries in the US and others around the world. If you're looking for a book, be sure to put a check here:
worldcat books

When you get your list of results, check to see if the book is in the Wright State library (the green symbol will be there); if you want to see if it's in OhioLINK or if you can request it via Interlibrary Loan, click the "Find It" link.

worldcat request

You will see your options here (click the Find It! button to see if it's in OhioLINK):
worldcat options

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