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HIST 282 - The 1960s - Primary Source Research

Tools and strategy for locating primary sources on topics related to the United States in the 1960s
Subjects: History

Electronic Reference Sources

"Discovery" of Primary Sources

Although some of the resources listed in this LibGuide are direct access points to single or collected primary documents, a fundamental concept of historical research is the discovery of primary sources through the use of secondary and even tertiary sources

The bibliographies, reference lists, works cited, or Notes sections of any well constructed academic monograph or journal article should provide  either direct citation of primary sources or secondary source pathways to primary sources.  These constitute ready-made literature reviews for fellow scholars. 

Never let a secondary or tertiary work leave your hands without examining the notes and the bibliography for useful material.  Remember: these academic authors have already combed the literature to a greater or lesser extent.  Capitalize on the work they have already done in your area of interest.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Subject Headings for "The Sixties" - selected examples

African Americans Civil rights.

African Americans Civil rights History 20th century.

Civil rights movements United States History 20th century.

College students Political activity United States History. 

Counterculture United States History 20th century.

Jazz History and criticism.

Nonviolence United States History 20th century.

Popular culture United States History 20th century.

Popular music History Social aspects United States 1961-1970.

Popular music United States 1961-1970 History and criticism.

Protest movements United States History 20th century.

Race relations History 20th century.

Radicalism United States History 20th century.

Rock music Social aspects 

Rock music United States 1961-1970 History and criticism.

Segregation United States History 20th century.

Student movements United States 20th century.

Television broadcasting of news Political aspects United States.

Television broadcasting of news Social aspects United States.

United States Economic conditions 1945-

United States History 1961-1969.

United States Politics and government 1945-1989.

United States Politics and government 1961-1963.

United States Politics and government 1963-1969.

United States Race relations Political aspects, 1960-1985

United States Religion 1960- 

United States Social conditions 1960-1980.

United States Social life and customs 1945-1970.

Vietnam War1961-1975 Draft resisters United States. 

Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements.


Be aware that most of these Subject Headings can be further narrowed with standard subject "subdivisions" such as "Personal narratives" or "Sources".  Keep in mind that people and organizations can also be Subjects, for example:


Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987.

WallaceGeorge C. (George Corley), 1919-1998.

Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) History.



Citing Sources

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010 REF Z253 .U69 2010 is kept in the Library's reference collection.  Please ask for it at the Reference Desk if you should need information about proper citation that cannot be answered by the History Department's own "modified Chicago" style sheet.

Consider consulting OWL - the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University - for an online guide to Chicago style formatting.