Haven't used the America: History and Life database before? Watch the search basics. (Video, 3 mins.)
To 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.
While dissertations and theses may be a part of your historiography, they can be challenging to access, especially online. We are unable to complete requests for digital scans of sections of a print dissertation or thesis via interlibrary loan.
If you're seeking a copy of a PhD dissertation or MA thesis:
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 chapter and receive journal articles not in 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.
Make sure that we do not have access to the article by searching for it by title in Muscat Plus or a library database.
Search MUSCAT Plus first to see if available via Musselman Library. This will let you see what we own or do not own.
There may be occasions when you would prefer to use a print copy of a book. Search by title on Worldcat.org to see if a library near you holds a copy.
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.