HIST 682: U.S 19th Century Utopian Communities

Professor Roberta Wollons

New Harmony Indiana, 1831; sketch by Charles Alexandre Lesueur

Journal Articles

Finding Articles

Articles can include scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals, or articles in popular magazines or newspapers. As with all sources for your assignments and research, you will need to carefully assess the appropriateness and reliability of any articles you find. Articles from peer-reviewed scholarly journals are usually preferable, but for some subjects articles from more general interest magazines may be appropriate.

Healey Library has a large number of databases of articles, some of which cover specific fields, while others are more general. You can see a list of all the databases at the library's Databases & Indexes page. The following are some databases and indexes related to American Studies courses.

Academic OneFile

  • Articles from a broad array of research journals and reference sources.
  • Provides full text coverage to the New York Times from 1995 to the present.
  • For help using Academic OneFile, view the Academic OneFile Tutorial

Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Citation Indexes

  • A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Covers Classics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and more
  • Current information and retrospective data from 1956
  • For help using these indexes, view the CSA Tutorials

Historical Abstracts

America: History & Life

  • History of the world (not including the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present
  • History of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present
  • Includes dissertations, book citations and reviews
  • For help using Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life, view the EBSCO Tutorials


  • Full text Scholarly journals dating back to the 19th century
  • Covers Art History, Asian Studies, History, Law, Women's Studies, and more
  • For help using JSTOR, view the JSTOR Tutorial

Project MUSE

  • Current scholarly journals from 1993 to present; all full text
  • Similar coverage as JSTOR
  • For help using Project MUSE, view the Project Muse Tutorial

History Resources from the Boston Public Library

Getting an Article

While some databases include the full text of their articles, others only give citations for articles. Sometimes citations will include a link or icon entitled "Article Linker," which will link you to the full text of the article. If you cannot find the full text in the database or through the Article Linker, you will need to use the information in the citation to track down a copy.
  • First check eJournals to see if Healey Library has an online copy of the journal.
  • Next, check the Healey Catalog to see if the library has the journal in print or microfilm.
  • Finally, you can request a copy of the article using Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • To view a multi-media tutorial on finding an article, go here.


Finding Books

Healey Library Catalog

  • Lists every book (and film, journal, etc.) owned by the library.
  • Search by title, author, subject, or keyword. For more about searching, go here.

Virtual Catalog

  • Search and request items yourself from the Virtual Catalog which include:
    • BLC Virtual Catalog - a combined catalog of participating Boston Library Consortium libraries
    • Mass Virtual Catalog - a combined catalog of Massachusetts public libraries, public colleges, and public universities
  • For help view the tutorial Using the Virtual Catalog


  • Combined catalogs of libraries around the world.
  • Largest bibliographic database.
  • For an introduction to WorldCat, go here.

Google Books

Getting a Book

Once you have found out about a book using WorldCat or some other method, how do you get a copy?
  • First check the Healey Catalog to see if the library has the book.
  • If not, check the Virtual Catalog to see if a local library has a copy they can send here. For a multi-media tutorial on how to use the Virtual Catalog, go here.
  • Finally, you can request the book through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and we will find a library somewhere to send a copy. You can view the ILL FAQ for more information.

Web Sites

A digital library of American history from the Library of Congress.
Online history projects, databases and other resources for historians and history teachers.


Chicago Manual of Style

Style Manuals:Links to online and print style manuals available through the Healey Library

  • RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management service that allows you to import citations from online databases and catalogs and then organize these citations within folders, automatically format them within papers and create instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.
  • RefWorks Tutorial

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David Fristrom
George Hart
Tina Mullins
Frances Schlesinger
Louisa Tseng

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