HST 1022: 1980s America

Primary Source Articles

There are two main ways you can approach finding your primary source articles:

  • Use the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature and the New York Times Index to pinpoint the names of specific articles. You would then have to find a database (or other source such as microfilm) to get the full text. To see if we have access to a particular magazine/newspaper/journal at Dowling, type the name of it into Journal Locator
  • Use the list below. This is a list of popular magazines and newspapers for which we can access older full text articles. Some are on microfilm. Some are in databases: search using keywords describing your topic.

Business Week
The library has 1957–2006 on microfilm.

The Economist
The library has 1843–1997 on microfilm.

Forbes Magazine
The library has 1968–1996 on microfilm

Maclean’s
The library has 1980–1990 on microfilm

National Review (1975-current)
Use the date slider in the left hand column to adjust your date range

New Republic
The libriary has 1960–1996 on microfilm

New York Times (1851-2008)
Use the search options area to search by a specific date range

Newsday (August 1985-current)
Click on advanced search and under date range choose specific date to add your time frame

Newsweek (1975-current)
Use the specify date section to narrow the dates

Saturday Evening Post
Use the date slider in the left hand column to adjust your date range

Sports Illustrated (1992-current)
Use the date slider in the left hand column to adjust your date range

Time Magazine (1922-current)
Use the date slider in the left hand column to adjust your date range.
The library also has 1923–2002 on microfilm.

US News & World Report (1990-2010)
Use the date slider in the left hand column to adjust your date range

Wall Street Journal (1984-present)
Click on advanced search and under date range choose specific date to add your time frame

The Washington Post (1977 - current)
Use the specify date section to narrow the dates

Primary Source Books

Primary sources in books will include memoirs, autobiographies, collections of letters, speeches and other documents.

Dear Americans: Letters from the Desk of President Ronald Reagan ebook

Iacoca, an Autobiography

Ronald Reagan: Public Papers of the Presidents
Also available online through the Ronald Regan Presidential Library

The Reagan I Knew by William F. Buckley. ebook

The Regan Presidency: Ten Intimate Perspectives of Ronald Reagan

Secondary Source Books


Search the library catalog using keywords describing your topic. Some tips:

  • Put quotes around any specific phrase you are searching (“cold war” “war on drugs”)
  • If you find too many books, add keywords to your search combined with AND (terrorism AND “middle east”)
  • If you’re not finding any books, try different keywords that describe your topic. If you’re researching US relations with Russia during the 80s, try searching: USSR, Moscow, Kremlin, Gorbachev, “Soviet Union”…
Last updated February 23, 2012, at 02:19 PM by Chris