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Social Studies Subject Guide: US History: Cold War

Database PASSWORDS

LOGINS & PASSWORDS

Click Here for the Passwords List.  You'll need to log in as a Catlin Gabel student or employee.  Having trouble? Contact your division librarian.

Cold War Research

START HERE:  BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY
Use these resources to find out names, dates, places, and events that are relevant to your search.  

Here's a link to the ebook version of the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture in Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Log in as you would for GVRL, listed above.

Remember, we're here to help you figure things out.  Ask Sue or Peter for help in using the databases.  

BOOKS ON RESERVE

Please share.  You need to fill out the yellow slips and leave them on the shelf in the Manuscript Room if the book leaves the room.  Remember, books check out for one block at a time, or overnight if checked out at the end of the school day.  Please return the books by 8am the following morning.  Your classmates will thank you for sticking to the rules. 

Save Time and Frustration

  • Check the Index for your search terms
  • Look at the table of contents
  • Make a photocopy / scan of the title page of the book (you'll need to cite it later!)

Start with an overview of the country and its foreign policy, carefully noting the names of leaders, groups, political incidents, and dates when important conflicts or political events occurred. 

Here are some keyword examples for a couple of Latin American countries:  Chile, Allende, Pinochet, 1973, junta, Argentina, "Operation Condor," "Dirty War," CIA intervention, Perón, Marxist, disappearance*, etc.

Start with reference books (or Modern World History Online) to get the general overview, and once you have a firm understanding, begin searching the databases for articles on your topic.

GREAT CHOICE FOR AN OVERVIEW


CHOOSING DATABASES 
Three databases listed below are all good choices.  Academic Search Premier is a real champ on these topics! 

Your US Librarian

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Sue Phillips
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Upper School Library
503.297.1894 x4550 (circulation desk); (503)297-1894 x4100 (voicemail)