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Finding Articles

America: History and Life
Covering the period prehistory-present, America: History and Life contains citations from over 1,700 publications on all aspects of American History. Articles published since 1964 are included. Over 16,000 citations are added each year.

If you have a citation from America: History and Life and need to see if FLITE owns the article in any format, use the Find It links in the database.

If you've determined that Ferris does not own the journals which contain articles indexed in America: History and Life, request the article as an InterLibrary Loan. Generally, InterLibrary Loans take about 5-10 business days to arrive.

*Click here to access a guide on using America: History and Life.

American Periodicals Series: 1740-1900
This database offers digitized pages from over 1,100 periodical titles, including literary journals, published in the United States. A work-in-progress, American Periodical Series currently includes material through the early twentieth century.

The Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945
The Gerritsen Collection is an internationally renowned resource covering women’s history, formerly available only on microfilm. The Gerritsen database contains over 2 million full-text, digitized pages spanning books, periodicals, and pamphlets from 1543-1945.

*Click here to learn about using the Gerritsen Collection.

Historical Abstracts
Historical Abstracts is a companion database to America: History and Life, covering World History from 1450 to the present. Over 22,000 citations are added each year, with coverage going back to 1955.

*Click here to learn about using America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts.

Historical Newspapers

The set of eight historical newspaper databases contain every article published in each paper up to a point in the recent past.

Chicago Defender 1910-1975
Chicago Tribune 1849-1989
Christian Science Monitor 1908-1999
Detroit Free Press 1831-1922
Los Angeles Times 1881-1989
New York Times 1851-2009
Wall Street Journal 1889-1995
Washington Post 1877-1996

*Click here to access a guide on using Historical Newspapers.

JSTOR is a multidisciplinary database which contains the full-text of articles from core journals in several academic disciplines, including history. Coverage is from each journal's first issue and continues through 2-5 years from the most recently published issues.

*Click here to access a guide on using JSTOR.

Project MUSE
A partnership of several non-profit publishers, Project Muse offers full-text articles from over 250 journals. Full-text coverage for each journal varies but usually starts in the mid- to late- 1990s. Journals in Muse encompass the social sciences, humanities, and the arts; specific fields covered by Muse include history.

*Click here to access a guide on using Project Muse.

Off-Campus Access

For information on accessing databases from off-campus, click here. If you are a Distance Education student, see our Distance Education Library Services page.

Journal Locations

If you have a citation and need to see if FLITE owns the article in any format, use the Find a Periodical database.

These are locations for journals FLITE has in physical formats:

Current Periodicals - Second Floor
Bound Periodicals - Second Floor
Microforms (microfilm and microfiche) - Second Floor

If FLITE does not own the article in any format, use InterLibrary Loan.

Finding Books

Reference sources can often be a first place to go when beginning research on a topic. FLITE subscribes to many online history reference books and has many print versions in the building.

For books in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Online Catalog. Try Keyword searches to ascertain which Subject Headings are appropriate for your topic; you can click on Subject Headings from individual book records or redo the search as a Subject search.

For a broader range of books, try WorldCat, a national library database. Try Subject searches using Subject Headings you've mined from the Ferris Online Catalog. Books in WorldCat that Ferris owns have a Ferris State University flag in the citation. To request a book Ferris doesn't own, click into the title of the book and then on the ILL (InterLibrary Loan) button to make an online request.

Citing Sources

Whenever you are quoting or using information from a source, you must credit or cite that source. Failure to do so is plagiarism which can lead to expulsion from the University.

Chicago Citation Guide
An online version of FLITE's quick guide for Chicago style citations.


Zotero is a citation management resource. You can create an account and format your citations using this tool.

Zotero Homepage

Zotero Tutorials

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Last update: August 27, 2013