HIP 500/HI 454 Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation

Library Catalog

Tips for Keyword vs. Subject Searches
  • Keyword search will look for your term in the any part of the description (title, chapter title, publisher, etc.)
  • Subject search in the catalog will bring up a list of items by topic
    • Keep your search terms very general
    • Do your search both ways for different results
    • Explore the additional subject terms at the bottom of each listing

Series (can be found by doing a title search in the library catalog)
The following series are good to add to a keyword search with “and”
Images of America
Preservation Books
Information Series

Reference Sources for History
American Decades
American Popular Culture Through History

Indexes & Databases

Index to articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
CLIO Notes in this database provide brief summaries of major events chronologically
Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.
This database offers broad coverage of art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture, and art history.

Finding Articles
If the article you want doesn't have a PDF Full Text link:
  • Click the Find It! Button access a copy of the article.
  • Use Journal Finder to find out if we have access (either electronic or print) to specific journal titles
  • Use Article Request to obtain articles not found in our subscription databases or in the library’s print collection (From Home page go to Library Information section)


Cleveland Architects Database

“a listing of architects and master builders that have worked in Cleveland, from the 1820’s until the 1930s.” The introduction lists the sources that were used in constructing the database.

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Also in print in library REF F499.C657 E53 1996

National register of historic places

1994 edition in library REF E159.N3419 1994

Back issues of Preservation Magazine
Search the site using “preservation magazine” + topic

Cleveland Restoration Society
"The Cleveland Restoration Society uses the powerful tool of historic preservation to revitalize our diverse communities, strengthen the regional economy, and enhance the quality of life in northeastern Ohio".

Primary sources on the web

Most important: Research using primary sources can take much longer than secondary sources. Give yourself ample time to investigate this material! There are many avenues to explore, but also many archivists and librarians with expertise to help you in your research.