Expository Writing: Who Writes History?

A research guide for Jill S. Waller's course AS.060.114 (09) Spring 2022

Using Worldcat

WorldCat is used for searching items held outside of JHU. You can then either locate versions we have locally or request via Borrow Direct or Inter-Library loan (ILL). WorldCat also has records for many archival collections as well. 


Source Collections

Using Catalyst to Find Primary Sources

Just because something has been published recently, doesn't mean it isn't a primary source! Look for terms like "correspondence" "memoir" "narrative" or "sources" in subject terms and descriptions to find primary source documents that have been collected in published works. You can utilize the subject terms from the books held at JHU or Worldcat to help locate relevant works. 

Subject terms to try in Catalyst

Japanese Internment:


New Names to Search in the Suffrage Movement

The history of women's suffrage in the United States often left out important Black, Indigenous, Latina and Asian women who contributed to the movement. 

Here are some names you might not know that will be useful to find new perspectives on the history of the suffrage movement in the United States.

Mary Church Terrell

Frances Ellen Watkins Haper

Sarah Parker Remond

Fannie Barrier Williams

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Nannie Helen Burroughs and the National Women's Baptist Convention

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Dr. S. K. Chan

Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin

Maria de Guadalupe Evangelina Lopez de Lowther

Emma Kaʻilikapuolono Metcalf Beckley Nakuina


You can also look at photos at the National Portrait Gallery Exhibit Votes for Women: Portraits of Persistence or the the Smithsonian exhibit Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage, especially the section Who Was Left Out of the Story?