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U.S. History and Current Events Research Project

Citing Your Sources and Creating Your Bibliography


Find Magazine and Newspaper Articles in Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • For Magazine Articles
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your results to Full Text; choose Publication Date range and Source Type: Magazines; choose Language. Also pull down Subject list.
  • For Newspaper Articles
    • New York Times Current Coverage Full-text coverage 1980 - Current. Tip: Choose Advanced Search and limit publication date.
    • ResearchIT CT Newstand Includes Los Angeles Times (1985-present), The New York Times (1980-present), Wall Street Journal (1984-present), Washington Post (1987-present) and Connecticut's Hartford Courant (1764 - 1922 and 1992-present). Tip: Choose Advanced Search and limit publication date.
  • Other Useful Databases may be found below.


Find Background Information in Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how


Find Books in RhinoCat

The Library's RhinoCAT is our automated catalog of print and non-print books, DVDs, and other library materials. It is available from any browser at A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits.

TIPS: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project. And to find books available in ebook format, include the keyword "electronic" in your search.


Some More Useful Online Subscription Databases

  • American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in American political, military, social, and cultural history.
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and related resources.
  • Science in Context Topic overviews, experiments, biographies, and links to quality websites, as well as coverage of the latest scientific developments in over 200 magazines and academic journals.
  • Sirs Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources. Includes a pro/con issues database and SIRS Government Reporter, a comprehensive resource for the study of all aspects of U.S. federal government, including government documents, Supreme Court decisions, and more.
  • U.S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia.



  • Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields." 
  • To find reliable websites:
    • Both SweetSearch: A Search Engine for Students and SweetSearch News search only credible websites approved by research experts.
    • Britannica Academic Online includes links to websites recommended by the editors of BA.
    • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu : .gov for U.S. government agencies and .edu for educational institutions in the U.S.                                                          

*For more information on finding high quality websites, see Find and Evaluating Websites.


Citing Your Sources and Creating Your Bibliography

A statement from MIT Libraries on why we cite our sources: To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information. To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas. To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.

You can use Bibme, an electronic citation generator, to create your Chicago-Turabian citations. Note: Many of our Online Subscription Databases provide a citation you can copy and paste into your bibliography if your teacher says you may do this. Just make sure it is a Chicago-style citation.

Below are some common source-types and how to cite them in Bibme:

  • To cite a magazine or newspaper article found in a Library database:
    • Click on Other.
    • Choose Magazine Article or Newspaper Article from the list.
    • Choose Manual entry mode.
    • Choose Online database.
  • To cite an encyclopedia and reference source article:
    • Click on Other.
    • Choose Encyclopedia Article.
    • Choose Manual entry mode.
    • Choose In print for a print reference source or Online database for electronic reference source in a library database such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • To cite a book: 
    • Choose Book.
    • Choose Manual entry mode. 
    • Choose In print for a print book or Online database for an ebook in a library database such as ABC-Clio eBooks Collection.
  • To cite a website:
    • Choose Website
    • Choose Manual entry mode.