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RELG 4500: Modern American Marriage

Introductory/Background Information

Subject encyclopedias can provide detailed and authoritative background information that can help you to begin your research. The articles can define terms, give an overview of a topic and suggest directions for narrowing your research. They can also provide bibliographies of books and articles for more in-depth research.

Marriage, Family, and Relationships: a Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. 1994. Clemons Library. GN 345.7 . E526 .M37 1994

Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family. 1995. Shannon Reference. HQ 9 .E52 1995. 2 vols.

Encyclopedia of Marriage, Divorce and the Family. 1989. Brown Science and Engineering Library. HQ9 .D38 1989

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism. 2009. Shannon Stacks. BL 1105 .B75 2009. 6 vols.

Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. 2011. Shannon Reference. BX230 .E53 2011 2 vols.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism. 1992. Shannon Reference. BX 8605.5 .E62 1992. 5 vols.

Encyclopedia of Protestantism. 2004. Shannon Reference. BX 4911.3 .E53 2004. 4 vols.

Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith. 1992. Shannon Reference. BX 9406 .E56 1992. 

New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed., 2003. Covers all aspects of the history, doctrine, and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church.

Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd. ed. 2007. Comprehensive encyclopedia on all aspects of Jewish life, culture, history, and religion.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (Use second edition, the third is still in progress). Comprehensive encyclopedia of Islamic religion and of the culture and history of the Islamic regions.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Finding Books and Other Primary Sources

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: 

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. 

Dissertations & Theses Global Full text (PDF) of most US dissertations from 1997 on, many earlier works and some from outside the US plus some master's theses. Also lists all dissertations and theses from 1861 on from US universities and some works from Europe and Asia from 1637 on. Abstracts included after July, 1980.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries  Searchable full text database of American and Canadian women's letters and diaries written from the Colonial period through 1950.

Proquest Congressional Publications Searchable, full text collection of U.S. government documents, including treaties, laws, and Congressional reports. Use Advanced Search, and notice date coverage for different types of documents.


Newspapers and Magazines

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1991  20th century coverage for the New Orleans "Times-Picayune" (1837-1988), Cleveland "Plain Dealer" (1923-1991), and Portland "Oregonian" (1907-1987). Can limit by place.

                                           Search = hard hat AND parade in Full Text       Date Range = 1970 to 1971

ProQuest Historical Newspapers  New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Pittsburgh Courier, NY Amsterdam News, Baltimore Afro-American, and Washington Post.


                       Advance Search =  Busing AND Pontiac
Date Range = January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1979


Ethnic NewsWatch   Full-text of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from 200 ethnic, minority, and native publications in the U.S.  Coverage back to 1959.
                      Advanced Search = textbooks AND minorities AND history     Date Range = Jan. 1, 1970 - Jan. 1,  1980


Factiva Search Form allows for relatively uncomplicated precision in searching. Only database to contain the Wall Street journal (1979 only). Proquest Historical Newspapers may be better for other sources.

 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 = "youth values" in Article title, Jan. 1, 1970 to Jan. 1, 1980

US Newspapers in Microform Search by state, or by state and dates, to find which newspapers we have on microfilm. 

Indexing of Virginia newspapers is spotty, but there is one index you can use: Richmond Times Dispatch and Richmond News Leader are indexed in the microfiche Freeman File Index for the period 1920's-1985 [located in the Periodicals/Microforms Room, Shannon 3rd Floor.  Staff there can assist you.]  


Google Image  Introduced in  2001, Google Image allows users to search the web for image content.

                                     Search = Titanic wreck