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JSCC Library Resources for Survey of American History  

This guide is designed to assist students of American history to locate information resources in the JSCC Library
Last Updated: Nov 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Finding a book

You have access to over 54,000 printed books and 190,000 electronic books.  These books can give you an in-depth look at an historical topic.

To find books in the JSCC Library, use the Online Catalog

Also try the 80,000 electronic books in the ebrary collection.

You may also want to come into the JSCC Library and browse in the various subject areas of the library.  Searching the indexes of printed books can be very helpful.


Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book that the JSCC Library doesn't own, please contact Sara Saddler (
Provide her with the author, title, date of publication and publisher.

The Library then asks another library to loan us the book.  We use the Online College Library Center to connect us to most academic libraries in the country.

It takes about 2 weeks for a book to be sent here from another library.

Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources

Poll for Primary Source

Asking Help from a JSCC Librarian

Finding Journal Articles About Historical Topics

  • Humanities Full Text
    This database provides full text of journal articles from history, as well as literature.
    Find older articles in full-text here. Some articles are from the early 1900's
  • US History Collection
    40 journals in American History are available in full-text in this database.

American History in Video

Do you want to view a video presentation on a topic that you are studying in American History?  Use the JSCC Library's American History in Video series.

From off campus, you will be asked for your Netlogon.

Citing your Sources

Finding Background Information about American History

Here are some excellent resources that provide overviews of topics in American History or provide biographical information.

Why use primary sources in History

  • Using Primary sources
    "Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.

    Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past."

Electronic books

  • Landmarks of African American History
    "Describes a variety of landmarks and buildings that represent the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the United States. "

Getting Help from the JSCC Library

Primary Source Materials

  • Primary Documents in American History
    "The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in American history.

    This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents."

  • Volunteer Voices
    "Volunteer Voices provides a central point for accessing digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, oral histories, artifacts, etc.) that document the history and culture of Tennessee."

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