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HIEU 4502: Europe and the World

Searching Virgo

VIRGO-- The U.Va. Library Catalog 

Keyword search should be "Google-like," just enter whatever terms you want; no need for connectors like and.
Will search the title, author's name or description of the item.

There are also some Subject terms that indicate primary source materials: 

Early works to 1800
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Personal narratives (used in relation to specific events only) 
Songs and music
Speeches, addresses, etc.*

*Used with individuals' names,classes of persons (e.g., soldiers), and organizations.

Google Books Searches the full text of thousands of books. If used in conjunction with full text search of a book, can get most of the text of a book. 

WorldCat   Online listing  of books, videos, manuscripts, and other materials held by thousands of libraries worldwide. Libraries that own each item are listed.  Searchable by title, author, or keyword.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Journal Finder —Perhaps the Library’s best-kept secret. Type in the title of your journal to see which databases provide access to it in full text. (Access from the Library’s main page using the drop-down for “Also Try” beneath the VIRGO search box.) This and Google Scholar are the best ways to track down citations.

Historical Newspapers and Journals

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers   Searchable full text and page images of 48 national and regional British newspapers from the collections of the British Library. For "The Times" see "The Times: Digital Archive."

                          Search:  Gordon Khartoum      Dates Between = Jan 1, 1885 - June 30, 1885

Manchester Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)  The Observer is a British newspaper  published on Sundays. In the same place on the political spectrum as its sister papers the Guardian and  the Guardian Weekly. It takes a social liberal or social democratic line on most issues. First published in 1791, it is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper.

 The Times: Digital Archive, 1785-1985 Search the full text of The Times (London), including articles, advertisements, and picture captions.
                          Search:  Amritsar       Publication Date Between = April 13, 1919 - Dec 31, 1919

British Periodicals  This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture

Periodicals Archive Online  Search the full text of nearly 400 international humanities and social sciences journals published from 1770 to the 1990's.
                           Advanced Search:   "Boer War"    Publication Date Between = Oct 1, 1899 - Dec 31, 1905
Document Type = Article


 Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2006  Weekly reporting, commentary and analysis of global developments in politics, business, science, technology and culture from 1843 to 2006. 

                            Search:  war and "New Zealand"       Publication Date Between = 1860-1872 
                                          Limit results by  Article Type = News

Pravda Digital Archive  Pravda ("Truth") was founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and it soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. After 1918, it became the official organ of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, (Russian Federation after 1991).

Digital International Historical Newspaper Archives Mostly free access. Well organized, user-friendly. Links to general websites as well as to scores of archives by country, in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and North American and the Caribbean, Australia. From Providence College.

 Historical International Newspapers on Microfilm at UVA  Arranged by country and years covered.  Most microfilm and microfilm readers are located on Alderman Library's 3rd floor.

Additional Resources

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  Lives of British persons from the earliest times to the end of the 20th century. IMPORTANT: our access is limited; please click the LOGOUT link when done.

Hansard 1803-2005 (Hansard Millbanks)   Searchable site of debates in Parliament, produced from digitised editions of Commons and Lords Hansard, the Official Report of parliamentary activities. This is part of a project led by the Commons and Lords libraries.

                                         Search = aeroplanes Iraq

British Parliamentary Papers in Alderman Library  This guide is meant for those beginning research in British Parliamentary Papers. It focuses on Alderman Library's 19th and 20th century holdings and lists indexes and finding aids for Sessional papers (Bill, Reports and Command Papers), Journals, and Debates.

French Sources on Microfilm  U.Va. Library's holdings of French government documents--domestic and foreign--1789-present; political pamphlets; records of Socialist Party congresses 1876-1914.

European Union -- Official site, including documents and reports, historical and current.

History of Europe as a Supranational Region: Primary Documents -- Vast collection of digitized historical documents, compiled by Brigham Young University Library

U. S. Primary Sources

ProQuest Congressional provides mostly full-text publications from the U.S. Congress, including testimony from Congressional hearings, legislative histories of laws, reports to Congress, etc.

                   Search:  NATO    Date is Between = Jan 1, 1948 - Dec 31, 1950

                   Search:  "Marshall Plan"    Date is Between = June 1, 1947-Dec 31, 1951

Digital National Security Archive  contains declassified documents used by the U.S. government in conducting foreign policy. The materials are obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The non-subscription National Security Archive site at George Washington University contains some documents that are not included in the Digital National Security Archive.

               Search Documents:   Keyword = Korea Truman     Date = Jan 1,1948 - Dec 31,1951

Declassified Documents Reference System provides access to collections of declassified documents from the CIA, FBI, presidential libraries, and other agencies, from the 1940's through the 1980's. Put a phrase in single quotes.

                                 Advance Search:   'Berlin blockade'    Issue Date = 1948-1949

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) , 1932-present. Presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and diplomacy.  Contains documents from the departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, CIA, presidential libraries, etc.  This searchable online version from the Department of State includes many volumes from the Truman through the Ford administrations. The print volumes are in the Government Information Resources Stacks, Alderman 3rd floor, call number 1.1

Frontline Diplomacy: the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Oral history interviews with hundreds of U.S. diplomatic personnel.  Most inteviews cover the late 1940's to the 1990's, with some coverage from the 1920's through World War II. In addition to searching the collection, you can browse by a diplomat's name or by subject.

                                                   Search this Collection = Turkey "Truman Doctrine"

Presidential libraries of most Chief Executives since Harry Truman provide some online documents on their web sites.  This National Archives site points to various presidential library web sites.

The Library has a number of significant microform collections pertaining to International Relations  (CIA Research Reports; Confidential US State Department Central Files; OSS/State Department Intelligence and Research Reports; Records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and United States History (President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Office Files; President Harry S. Truman's Office Files; Harry S. Truman Presidential Oral Histories Collection) as well as filmed collections of Personal Papers (Dean Acheson; Cordell Hull; George C. Marshall; Henry L. Stimson). Microforms are located on Alderman Library 3rd floor and staff in the Government Information Resources department can assist you.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers  Searchable full text backfiles of the New York Times (1851-2006), Wall Street Journal (1889-1991), Chicago Tribune (1849-1986), Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), Washington Post (1877-1992), and Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

              Search NY Times:   Advanced Search = Turkey AND communism AND Truman
                                              Date Range = 1945-1947