The sources in this box can be used to help you explore a topic and get general background information. Many articles will have extensive bibliographies; you can use these to find additional sources. See the boxes below this one for article databases and primary source collections.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Large collection of online encyclopedias, including many "Daily Life" series books (like "Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Twentieth-Century Europe").
Oxford reference online
Online background sources from Oxford University Press.
Daily Life through History
Browse by time period or geographical region to find out more about clothes, food, social habits, etc. throughout history.
Ragan, Leslie. Poster Advertising the new 20th Century Limited Train. 1938.
Primary Sources from the 20th Century - This is part of the Campus Library's U.S. History Guide, which links out to digital collections on many subjects in 20th century history.
Labor Archives of Washington - This is the digital resources guide for the Labor Archives of Washington, housed down at the UW Seattle campus. It contains links to many collections with primary resources related to labor history in Washington State.
UW Libraries Digital Collections - This site features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the UW Libraries and organizations that have participated in partner projects with the UW Libraries. The collections emphasize rare and unique materials.
What should you do if you find an interesting article in a database but no link to the full text?
Click on the purple "Check for full text" button – this button will attempt to connect you to the full text article if it is owned by the UW.