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United States History : HIST 301C - U.S. Empire

Secondary and primary sources related to American history.

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Any of these subjects can be combined in a CBBcat Advanced Search with Subject: diaries OR correspondence OR narratives OR sources OR speeches OR interviews OR "pictorial works" to locate primary sources in published form.

The same subject headings work in WorldCat and HathiTrust, which will expand your search beyond CBB.

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Primary sources

Periodical Collections

Is it history?

Let's look at three scholarly articles on the subject of Filipino nurses.

  1. Brush, Barbara. “The Rockefeller Agenda for American/Philippine Nursing Relations.” Western Journal of Nursing Research 17.5 (1995): 540–555.
  2. Hayne, Arlene N., Clara Gerhardt, and Jonathan Davis. "Filipino Nurses in the United States: Recruitment, Retention, Occupational Stress, and Job Satisfaction." Journal of Transcultural Nursing 20, no. 3 (2009): 313-322.
  3. Allen, James P. "Recent Immigration from the Philippines and Filipino Communities in the United States." Geographical Review 67, no. 2 (1977): 195-208.

Which article(s) can be categorized as history--that is, which article(s) are suitable secondary sources for a history paper? What kind of clues do we find in the following:

  • What is the focus of the journal that published it?
  • What kind of scholar is the author? How do you know?
  • What time period is studied in the article?
  • What research methods did the author use?
  • What kinds of sources does it cite?
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