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The 60's: a Personal Perspective

Dr. Hank Gorman


Locating needed resources in a new library may seem daunting, but rest assured, library materials are arranged in a logical manner. With patience and help from a friendly librarian, you should be able to locate the information you seek in Abell Library, whether in print or electronic format.

Organization of Library Materials

The first floor of Abell library contains the Reference section, periodicals (journals, magazines, etc.), maps, and computers to access our catalog and the Internet. Periodicals come in different forms including paper (current issues are shelved individually and older issues are bound) and microforms. All are arranged alphabetically by title. Reference materials are arranged by Library of Congress (LC) Classification call number system.

Books are also arranged by the LC call numbers on the second floor. You can check these books out for 4 weeks. To locate a book, you need to search in our online catalog on any of the computers in the Reference area or on the second floor.

Finding Books Using Abell Library’s Online Catalog

You can search in the online catalog in variety of ways: by Author, Title, Subject, Keyword, Periodical Title, and others. When choosing subject headings for a subject search, you may want to refer to the Library of Congress Subject Headings (the LARGE books on the table behind the Catalog and Internet Resource workstations desk on the first floor) for subject headings that relate to your specific topic. Subject headings listed below may be appropriate for your C/I research:

Sixties (Twentieth century decade)

Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Civil rights--1960-1970.

Popular culture--21st century.

Popular culture and literature--United States.

Social movements--United States--Public opinion.

Media and culture

Media and society

Tip: Don't enter any punctuation in the search fields in the catalog, including dashes, comas, apostraphes, colons, etc. The catalog does not like punctuation and will not retrieve the results that are applicable to your search.

Reference Books

Our Reference Collection has specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks for most subjects, from literature and psychology to religion and biology. These books can provide an overview of a topic and explain terms and concepts within a particular context. The following list shows sample sources that may assist you with your C/I class:

E841 .S59 2004

The sixties chronicle

E841 .S55 1999 V.1-3

The sixties in America

DS557.5 .A54 2002

The Columbia guide to the Vietnam War

E169.1 .E624 2001 V.2

Encyclopedia of American cultural & intellectual history

PS228 .V5 N49 1988

Vietnam War literature : an annotated bibliography of imaginative works about Americans fighting in Vietnam

E185.61 .E544 1998 V.1-3

The encyclopedia of civil rights in America

PN1995.9 .U64 C65 2003

The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past

JK1764 .D53 1998

Encyclopedia of American activism, 1960 to the present
Online at the Credo Reference Center

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History

When perusing the reference and circulating stacks, be sure to shelf-browse near the call number of interest; you are bound to discover other valuable sources just by serendipity.

Finding Journal and Magazine Articles

Abell Library has a number of online resources it subscribes to in order to assist you in locating journal and magazine articles. In some cases you will have access to full-text articles online. We subscribe to these “indexes” (lists of articles) to obtain research which is not freely available on the Internet; thus, these resources are often referred to as “subscription databases.” Most databases index articles within a particular subject area, so decide which one is appropriate for your topic. For locating journal articles for this C/I class, you should look at the following subscription databases:

Academic Search Complete

Academic OneFile

Fine Arts and Music Collection


LexisNexis Academic

Music Index Online

Periodicals Archive Online

US History Collection

War and Terrorism Collection

WilsonWeb OmniFile

Getting there: You can access any of these periodical databases from any computer on campus linked to the Internet or from off-campus using your AC email login and password. Just start at the Abell Library Home Page and

Read the description of the resources to determine the ones appropriate for your specific research project.
Note:To locate Periodicals (journals, magazines, etc.) in Abell Library, search for the journal title (not the title of the article or author) in our online catalog under the “Periodical Title” option to determine if we have the journal. If so, check the notes fields for the specific volume number and location.
Our journals come in a variety of formats including paper (located in bound volumes or current individual issues), microfiche, microfilm (located in file cabinets beyond the Reference Books), and Internet.
Also check Journal Finder, accessible from Abell Library Center’s home page. The Journal Finder link is under “Research Tools” on the right-side navigation menu.
New: Visit the “Mobile Content” page under Find to see what databases you can now research from your smart phone!

Bibliographies I have compiled bibliographies that may be helpful to you as you for your research papers. I have listed them here (they are in PDF format) in two sections. The first are print sources you can find in Abell Library Center by search the catalog, and the second are articles that you can find by searching the databases listed above. If you have any difficulty locating sources for your topics, check these out to see if they get you started on the right path to discovering sources that will support your topic.

Bibliographies: Print Resources in Abell Library Center
The 1960's
Tax Policy
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Alfred Hitchcock
Civil Rights Leaders
Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol
Domino Theory, Communism and Asia
Goverment Censure of Broadcasters
Marriage Privacy Issues
School Prayer
Kelsey, Merrill Drug, FDA
Bibliographies: Online Resources Abell Library Subscribes to
Tax Issues
Cuban Missile Crisis
Alfred Hitchcock
Civil Rights Leaders
Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol
Marianne Faithful and The Rolling Stones
Domino Theory, Communism and Asia
Government Censure of Broadcasters
Marriage Privacy Issues
Legal Marriage Issues and Eugencis
School Prayer
Kelsey, Merrill Drug, FDA


Helpful Websites

Student Movements in the sixties

Social Activism Sound Recording Project: The Black Panther Party

The Psychedelic ‘60s: Literary Tradition and Social Change

1968 Revisited

Evaluating Sources
Whether a source comes in print form or from the Internet you should evaluate its worth based on specific criteria. Of course you want the text to be relevant to your topic, but you should also consider: Currency of information (based on the publication date), Author’s credentials and possible bias, Publisher’s reputation, Relevant and logically appropriate support of the argument. and Documentation. For more information on evaluating print and Internet resources, click on “Evaluating Information” on Abell Library’s home page.

Citing Sources
There is no excuse for plagiarism! Simply cite your sources correctly according to an acceptable style manual. Copies of CBE, MLA, APA, and other guides for citing sources are available on reserve at the Circulation Desk. For online access to instruction on citing sources, refer to the various Style Manuals accessible under “Research Tools” on Abell Library’s homepage.
Always remember to obtain a copy of the information you need to relocate a source in the library (call no., title, etc.) and to list the source in a bibliography.

TIP:  Use Zotero, a free bibliographic organization tool offered as an add-on for FireFox web-browser. Zotero is a powerful program that helps you compose your citations, cite in-text, create a bibliography, work-cited list, and so forth. 

Also check out CiteULike, a reference management center that also adds a social bookmarking component allowing one to tag citations and discover similar articles from other’s tagged and shared citations. You can create groups and participate in collaborative projects as well.

Bibme is another helpful citation site that generates bibliographies and pulls data from a variety of online sources including Amazon, FindArticles, and CiteULike. Bibliographies can be formatted in APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian, and then exported into a word processor.

With icyte you can save all or just parts of a website, tag it, add a description, share it, and then be able to go back to it easily. This requires installing the icyte plugin, which can be used with FireFox, IE, Chrome, or Safari.

Class Materials

PDF of this guide.

PowerPoint Presentation


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