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United States History: Secondary Sources

Resources for researching US history at PSU Library.

Articles in History Databases

Note that content on JSTOR is often at least three or four years old, with a few exceptions. When you are looking for the most current journal articles, start with America: History and Life. 

This photo, from the DC Public Library Commons, via Flickr, was taken during the inauguration of President William Taft on March 4, 1909.

Taft Inauguration

Search for books at the PSU Library

Search the PSU Library catalog. If the book you want has a green "Available at PSU Library Shelves", then click on the title of the book. Write down the location or floor and the call number. For a map to locate the call number, click on View Map.

where to a find a book

Check out the book at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

Films on Demand

Five Steps to Finding eBooks

Step 1

Starting on the PSU Library homepage , type in your search terms in the search box.   You can search by author, title, or keyword topic.


Step 2

Log in using your Odin username and password.

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Step 3

On the results page, refine results to eBooks.

PSU Online Resources Limit


Step 4

Select PSU Online Resources under the Availability limit (ebooks are not transferable from other libraries).

refine results

Step 5

Click Online Access to view the access point.

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Step 6

Click available on at to view the ebook.

online access point