MAPS 601: Historiography

Reference Sources

Reference sources can provide background information on a topic and point you to additional resources. Some reference sources, such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, will have a bibliography at the end of each entry. To find those additional sources, identify what the source is (e.g., book, article, website), then search the library catalog for books or the Journal Finder for articles, to see if we have it.

Selected Printed Bibliographes

For more bibliographies, search the library catalog by subject or keyword using the following format:  [your topic] "bibliography" 
For example:

Selected Printed Encyclopedias

For more reference sources (including bibliographies), search the library catalog for your topic. Limit your results to Location > Gleeson Reference.
For example, click on the links below to see additional reference sources on the subjects/geographic locations below:
Selected Online Reference Sources


Search by Keyword

Search by keyword using your own terms and use the limits on the left-hand side of the results screen to focus your search.
Keywords are words you would normally think of to describe your topic. They can appear anywhere in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, etc.)
You can use keywords, titles, or authors, to point you to subject headings. For example, a keyword search on "China soft power" leads to you to the book China's Soft Power and International Relations. You'll see possible subject headings to search, that are assigned to this book are "China -- Foreign Relations -- 21st Century" and "China -- Foreign Relations -- Philosophy."

Subject headings are "official" subject headings approved by the Library of Congress; they are hard to guess on your own. 

Search by Title or Author

Search by title or author, if you know the title or author of the book you're looking for.

Find Books and Videos in other Libraries Using Link+

Click on the Link+ icon in the catalog to search for books and videos in over 40 libraries in California and Nevada. Link+ items arrive in 3-4 days to arrive. They can be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed for an additional 2 weeks through your library record.
Remember to use Link+ to request titles that we are checked out of our library or that we don't own. Search Link+by keyword or subject to discover books and videos you may not have know about. 


Search the following databases to find relevant newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. If the full-text of an article is not available, click the USF: Find Full-Text link or check to see if your article is available at the USF libraries. Alternatively, you can search the library's Journal Finder by journal name. 
  • Historical Abstracts Citations and abstracts for publications covering world history (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) Contains the full data of all printed editions of the BAS issued from 1971. 
  • Humanities Source 1,480 full text journals covering all aspects of the humanities, including Area Studies, Arts, Ethnic Studies, Gender, History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, and Religion.
  • JSTOR Multi-disciplinary digital archive of back issues (JSTOR generally lacks the latest three years) of hundreds of scholarly journals.
  • Project Muse Collection of over 200 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. 
  • LexisNexis Academic Full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-text doctoral dissertations and theses.
  • Fusion Search across the majority of the library's books and articles. Add more keywords or use the limits in the results screen to reduce the number of your results. 

Finding Articles Not at USF 

If the library doesn't have access to the journal article you want, you can still get it through Interlibrary Loan. With an ILLiad account, you can place your requests online. This service can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Be sure to start your research early!