Monday, September 27, 2010

The New Orleans Public Library and research links

Here is a good link to start doing more investigation into your research from the New Orleans Public Library.

A lot has been written about New Orleans in popular and scholarly journals. Databases can be a great way to find things, but sometimes it pays to search the index of publications that are among the most likely to contain useful material. Here are a few you should consider examining more closely:

Louisiana History
The Louisiana Historical Quarterly (became Louisiana History in the 1980s) (both LH and LHQ are in JSTOR)
Cultural Vistas (published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities)
The Historic New Orleans Quarterly

And, of course, you should search the catalog of the Historic New Orleans Collection (called MINT) for items related to your topic.

The Louisiana State Museum has a lot of useful databases to search, including maps and images. Go to their site and investigate under the "Search and Reference" tab.

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