Research Links

 American Social Movements (All periods)

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements                                                                                            From abolitionism and woman suffrage to organized labor, civil rights, and the environment, this encyclopedia examines every significant social movement in American history through the early twenty-first century. Nearly 200 articles cover the goals, tactics, and impact of each movement and campaign, exploring its core concepts and principles, chronicling its successes and failures, and examining its relationships with other movements in history. Leaders and other key figures are portrayed in biographical sidebars, with a wealth of primary-source materials, 100 historical photos, and statistical tables.  User name kjhigh, password kjhigh.


 Social Issues in America (Contemporary, with historical background)

 Social Issues in America                                                                                                                                At once comprehensive, in-depth, and up-to-date, this monumental work offers a unique reference for anyone researching the historical and contemporary aspects of more than 170 hotly contested issues confronting American society. From Abortion and Academic Freedom to Women’s Rights and Xenophobia, extended articles present specific issues in full historical context, spelling out the competing perspectives, social implications, and prospects for the future in clear, objective detail. Each entry includes a chronology, glossary of terms, list of references, and selection of primary documents. An extensive master bibliography provides an unparalleled tool for further exploration. User name kjhigh, password kjhigh. 

 The Great Depression and New Deal (1929-1941)

Great Depression and the New Deal                                                                                                      From the stock market crash of October 1929 to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, this sweeping reference work traces the major political, economic, social, and cultural movements of the longest and most severe crisis in U.S. history, as well as the events, people, and institutions that helped the nation through the hard times. The period and its legacy are analyzed and brought to life in more than 450 articles and essays, 100 photos and cartoons, primary-source documents, a master bibliography, and other essential research materials.  User name kjhigh, password kjhigh.

 Postwar America (1945 to present)

Postwar America                                                                                                                                       From the outbreak of the Cold War to the early twenty-first century, the period in American history since World War II has been filled with momentous events and major change. This sweeping reference work provides detailed, up-to-date coverage of the social, political, cultural, and economic developments in America throughout the postwar era, as well as their far-reaching effects on the rest of the world. In addition to nearly 600 articles and sidebars, the work includes 300 photographs, abundant primary source materials, statistical data, a master bibliography, and a special feature called Cultural Landmarks.  User name kjhigh, password kjhigh.

History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips.  User name kjhigh, password  kjhigh .

ProQuest Learning: Literature includes 3,000+ author biographies; 40 searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources. User name kjhigh, password  kjhigh.

SIRS: Decades features 5,000+ hand-selected primary and secondary source articles that highlight key events, movements, people, and places in 20th-century America.  User name kjhigh, password kjhigh.

ProQuest Platinum provides uncompromising coverage from more than 2,000 newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference works. You may be able to access your additional ProQuest databases through this link. User name kjhigh, password kjhigh.



Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century examine individuals from all over the world who gained significance as composers, performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and teachers. These are the people who have shaped the history of a number of musical genres, including blues, classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, musical theater, opera, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and many more.  The five volumes are also available in print in the library. User name is and password:  kjhigh.



The largest and most comprehensive collection of sports biographies published in a single reference work.  Virtually every athlete and every sport readers might reasonably expect to find can be found here. Although there is an emphasis on sports that are popular in North America, there is considerable coverage on sports and athletes from other parts of the world.  The 13 volumes are available in print in the library.  User name is and password:  kjhigh.