Library Research Guide

Humanities and History Library Resource Treasure Map



You can access the following resources from the library web page.  Logins and passwords are required for home access.  The following library database resources are viable alternatives to the Internet, especially Wikipedia.  Also included at the end of this pathfinder are links on how to format your paper in MLA, APA or Chicago formats and a link to KnightCite, a citation builder.


Database: Issues and Controversies in American History


From the TMCC home page go to the library home page

Click Databases and Journals.  Click Electric Articles.  Click Issues and Controversies.

At the next screen click Issues & Controversies in American History


For Home Access: Login: truckee        Password: meadows


The very readable articles found in the Issues and Controversies in American History database are from 10 – 20 pages in length and include:

·         Background Information

·         Issue Facts: Who, What Where, When and Why?

·         Pro/Con Debate

·         Resulting Impact

·         Primary Source Documents

·         Issue Related Historical Timeline

·         Related Issues


This is the ideal resource to begin your research because of the assembly of all issue aspects to serve you in writing a thorough and complete report or essay. The following is a list of topics that you may be responsible for writing a narrative essay:


·         Salem Witch Trial

·         Declaration of Independence

·         Constitutional Convention

·         Civil War Secession

·         Emancipation Proclamation

·         Civil Rights Act of 1964

·         Baseball’s Color Line

·         Women’s Suffrage



At the end of each article you will find the article’s MLA citation.

2. Database:  Gale Virtual Reference Library


From the TMCC home page go to the library home page

Click Databases and Journals.  Click Electric Articles.         Scroll down the page.

Click: Gale Virtual Reference Library


For Home Access: Login: truckee


Type your search in the Basic Search box located at the top of the screen.

For any of the topics listed on the previous page a list of signed, peer-reviewed, scholarly articles ranging from a few paragraphs to a number of pages will appear.


This is an excellent resource for articles on Federalism and States Rights.

Examples from a search for Emancipation Proclamation:


 Emancipation Proclamation. Hans L. Trefousse. Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. Vol. 3. 3rd ed.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. p190-192. Word Count: 1040


The Emancipation Proclamation. Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and K. Lee Lerner.  Detroit: Gale, 2006. p107-110. Word Count: 1819.


Emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation. Beatrice Burton. Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery and America. Ed. Orville Vernon Burton. Vol. 2.  Detroit: Gale, 2008. p88-92. Word Count: 2322


Click on one of the listed article citations to retrieve the full text article. 

Note that at the top right of the screen is a box entitled: Tools.

Click on Citation Tools to retrieve a MLA 7th edition citation for copying and pasting.

Click Save and at the next screen click Open. The copied and pasted MLA 7th citation:


 Trefousse, Hans L. "Emancipation Proclamation." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 190-192. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 19 Jan. 2011.

Of important NOTE: When beginning a new search ensure that you remove the check mark from the Within This Publication box located on the left side of the screen.  If not, you will search only one reference source.



Sample listing of Gale Reference titles from which you will retrieve results:


Dictionary of American History – 10 volumes w/in-depth articles

Colonial America Reference Library – 6 volumes

American Revolution Reference Library – 5 volumes

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution – 6 volumes

Gilded Age and Progressive Era Reference Library – 4 volumes

Development of the Industrial United States – 4 volumes

Roaring Twenties Reference Library – 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression – 2 volumes

Sixties in America – 4 volumes

Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court – 5 volumes




3. Database: EBSCO


From the TMCC home page go to the library home page

Click Databases and Journals.  Click Electric Articles.  Click EBSCO


For Home Access: Login: truckee        Password: fall       Click EBSCOhost Web. 


Place a check mark in both the MasterFile and Academic Search Premier boxes and then click the Continue button located just above MasterFile.


Type your search term in the box, but don’t yet click the search button. Scroll down the screen and change Number of Pages from All to Greater Than and add 2.


You may type Emancipation Proclamation as your search term, but to narrow the results you may opt for the following example:  Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln.  Note the use of the word AND to link two keyword terms and narrow the search results.

Other examples:

Hamilton and National Bank 

Hamilton and Federalism. 

Federalism and Constitution and United States.

States Rights and Secession

States Rights and Civil Rights

States Rights and Tariffs



Once at an article click Cite located at the top right hand side of the screen for MLA, APA, Chicago and many other citation formats to copy and paste.

4. Citing Your Sources

At the library home page click: Cite Your Sources. Next click: Research Papers - Citation and Reference Formats located on the right side of the screen. 

When you write a research paper, you will have to borrow information from other people in order to prove your points. Any time you borrow information from another source, you must show in your paper where you found the information. This is called "citing" or "referencing." If you do not cite your source, it is called "plagiarism." It is illegal to plagiarize someone else's work or ideas. There are several different formats for citing sources in a research paper. You should check with your professor to find out which format he/she prefers. We have compiled some basic guides to understanding different citation and reference systems: APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian), ASA, I-Search, and CBE.  (Gallaudet University)

Click the MLA button and then click MLA Guidelines.  This site will prove indispensible to your success in formatting and citing your sources in the different citation and reference systems.


5. Citing Your Sources: KnightCite

At the library home page click: Cite Your Sources. Next click: KnightCite, also located on the right side of the page just below the previous link.

KnightCite is a template that allows you do create MLA, APA and Chicago citations. KnightCite provides an extensive list of templates for the respective formats you may come across.  For example: book anthologies, encyclopedias, maps, movies, interviews, and websites.  It takes all of three minutes to create a citation using KnightCite.