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History Research: Finding Resources

This library guide provides information about the LRC resources (print and electronic) that are available to all RLC staff and students, most especially those enrolled in history courses.

Info about guide

The licensed electronic resources in this guide can only be accessed by current Rend Lake College students and staff using the same login credentials as Blackboard, Warriormail, and Online Student Records.  If you do not have your login information please call ext. 1259, IT Help Desk to obtain that information.

History databases

AAS (American Antiquarian Society)  (historical periodicals)

Books in the LRC

Additional books can be found by searching the I'll Share It catalog.

Using the RLC Catalog

RLC is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System's SHARE network, providing access to the I'll Share It catalogs of over 500 member libraries. As a current RLC student or staff member, you are able to borrow from any of the member libraries through interlibrary loan. In order to have access to this service, you will need to set up a RLC library account.  For help with this call ext. 1308, 1249, or 1276.

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On the Shelf: 


Some of the many history film titles the LRC has on the shelf.  You can find the shelf location by using the I'll Share It catalog.          

Streaming video:

 Streaming video of over 15,000 film titles covering a wide variety of subjects. Films can be viewed in their entirety or by segment and can also be embedded into presentations.

American History in Video also includes hundreds of the documentaries most frequently used in history classrooms, from leading video content producers such as PBS, California Newsreel, Bullfrog Films, Documentary Educational Resources, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, The History Channel®, and others. Information taken from:


Creating Citations

Plagiarism Statement

When using print or electronic sources within research papers, it is important to avoid plagiarism by giving the author/creator of those resources credit for their work. Citing sources on a works cited or reference page will allow you to do this. WHEN USING ANY INFORMATION OTHER THAN YOUR ORIGINAL THOUGHTS OR IDEAS IN YOUR WORK YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE A CITATION!  Please see page 24-25 RLC Student Rights & Responsibilities.

  You may find the following resources helpful when creating citations:

Electronic Resources

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You have access to more than 50 electronic resources to which the LRC subscribes.  Databaes such as EBSCO & JSTOR, electronic dictionaries & eBooks can be found in the A to Z Electronic Resources list. IMPORTANT NOTE: Only current students or staff can access the RLC electronic resources.  You will log into the resources on this page by using the same information used to access Blackboard, Warriormail, and Online Student Records.

Questions? Contact Beth at ext. 1276 or, or use the Ask a Question form.

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Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington, D.C. Visiting D.C.


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