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American History MA - Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman: Home

Resource guide for students enrolled in the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History.

Core Resources

Journal Articles

Haven't used the America: History and Life database before? Watch the search basics. (Video, 3 mins.)

Library Catalog

Your Campus Login for Muscat Plus

sign in with muscat plusTo access ebooks and journal articles, you will be prompted for your Gettysburg College login (your user name is the start of your email address).

Use the "Sign In" link in the upper-right corner before you search to skip login requests for some resources and save/pin items.

View our Muscat Plus tutorial for a quick overview of your search options, accessing an ebook or journal article, or signing into your account.

Using Interlibrary Loan

What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service that allows Gettysburg College students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials unavailable at Musselman Library from other libraries around the world.

Although we cannot ship physical books to you, all MA students may use interlibrary loan to request scans of book chapters and receive journal articles not available our collection.


Interlibrary loan is fully integrated with MUSCAT Plus, the library catalog. Members of the campus community are able to make and manage requests through their library account. See the tabs above for step-by-step directions on requesting materials.

Or, you can submit requests directly based on a citation using the request form in Muscat Plus.

Search our Collection

image of request option in library catalog featuring box saying request a digital copy delivered in 24 ours by email with button to click that says get itMake sure that we do not have access to the article by searching for it by title in Muscat Plus or a library database.

  1. Use resources on Musselman’s Research Guides or Databases A-Z to find articles or book chapters.
  2. If the full-text of an item is unavailable, use the “Gett It!” button to see if the article is available in other library databases.
    1. If available, you will be taken to a MUSCAT Plus page with links to the article or to the book.
    2. If unavailable, you will be prompted to sign in to your library account in order to request the item from another library.
    3. Once signed in, select the option to “request to get a digital copy.” You will be notified via email when the article is available to access in your library account.

Search our Collection

Search MUSCAT Plus first to see if available via Musselman Library. This will let you see what we own or do not own.

text in library catalog to get a scan of a chapter or pages in a print bookIf we only have a print copy...

  1. If we do own the book but only in print, sign in to your Muscat Plus library account using your campus credentials.
  2. You'll now see the option to request a scan of a book chapter. Please enter as much information as you know, including the chapter's page range.

button in catalog to request a chapter via ILL that is delivered in 24 hours by emailIf we don't own a copy at all or our print copy is checked out...

  1. Not finding what you're looking for in MUSCAT Plus? Search WorldCat to find your book.
  2. If available via WorldCat, select the “Gett It!” button to request the item.
  3. You will be taken to MUSCAT Plus. Sign in to your Muscat Plus library account using your campus credentials.
  4. You'll now see the option to request a scan of a book chapter. Please enter as much information as you know, including the chapter's title and page range.

If you prefer a print copy...

There may be occasions when you would prefer to use a print copy of a book. Search by title on to see if a library near you holds a copy.

Digital Collections

Selected Primary Source Databases

As a MA student at Gettysburg College, you have access to a wealth of primary sources, many of which are available online. A selection of resources is included in the following tabs.

For a full listing of available digital collections, please refer to the A-Z list of primary source digital collections.

The general History research guide also allows you to browse collections by source type, time period, or geographical region.

Please note: all newspapers are listed in the Muscat Plus catalog by title.

Background Information

Book Reviews

Reading book reviews can be a very helpful part of identifying sources for your historiography. Databases will index reviews that appear in scholarly journals or other publications. The process below for Muscat Plus and JSTOR will be similar in other databases.

Haven't searched for book reviews before? Watch our 1-minute video on limiting your search to book reviews.

Muscat Plus

1. In the "everything" search of Muscat Plus, search for the book title, author, or topic.

2. Once you have a set of search results, expand the Source Types menu on the left side of your screen and select Reviews.

3. The remaining results should all be reviews. Select one results and scroll down to the full text availability. Click a resource listed in this section to download the PDF.


1. When in JSTOR, click Advanced Search to the right of the search box.

2. Enter your terms, searching for the book title, author, or topic.

3. Under Narrow Results, mark Review in Item Types. Click Submit Advanced Search to run your search.

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