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HIST 431: Topics in U.S. History: Gender and the U.S. Welfare State: Home

Research guide for HIST 431 (Fall 2023)

Getting Started

Find Secondary Sources

Find books

Find peer-reviewed articles

Find Primary Sources

The primary sources included here focus on the 20th century. There are suggestions for primary sources from earlier periods on the U.S. History Subject Guide.

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Laws & Statistics

Newspapers, Magazines, and Periodicals

Thematic Collections

Printed Primary Sources

Frequently, scholars bring together primary sources into accessible, printed formats often called "sourcebooks". In a library catalogue, the trick to finding these types of sources are to search in Subject Headings for the word "sources" (the catalogue's word for "primary sources"). To find printed primary sources, try searching the Library Catalogue for the following Subject Headings:

  • su: Public welfare United States History Sources
  • su: Social service United States History Sources
  • su: Child welfare United States History Sources


History as a discipline uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) for citations, and usually the Notes-Bibliography form. This requires creating properly formatted footnotes footnotes and a Bibliography for your assignments. Resources to understand the Chicago style of citations are included below.


Library Support

Librarian Office Hours Fall 2023

Tuesdays 9:45 - 11:45 am
Leacock Room 632

*Please note there will be no office hours October 10.

McGill University Collections Centre

Check on the progress of the move of the McLennan-Library circulating collection at the Collections Centre website.

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